After the worry of taking my Dad to hospital last week, he's now feeling on top of the world! His blood sugar levels are normal now and he has had some wonderful news from the hospital.
You may remember he phoned himself an ambulance last Thursday because he couldn't stand the pain in his hip and knee any more. Whilst he was at A&E one of the nurses went out of her way to get him into an Orthopaedic clinic to see a consultant about it. Well on Monday (this week) a letter arrived asking him to go to the hospital the following day to see the Anaesthetist, with a view to carrying out his surgery in approximately four weeks time.
Dad went for the assessment and was asked to sign a disclaimer in case anything goes wrong during the operation, because of the state of his heart. Now this may not seem unusual but it seems his hospital records show that he has something wrong with his heart and everytime he attends hospital - which is quite a lot these days - they ask him if he's ever had a heart attack or a stroke and his answer is always the same - "not that I'm aware". We can only assume he has, at some time, had a mild heart attack and not been aware of it, but it has left scarring. Anyway, he was happy to sign the disclaimer as he said he'd rather die on the operating table than live with the pain! Cheerful isn't he!
The doctor confirmed that his surgery will probably be in about four weeks and he will receive a letter asking him to attend for his pre-op assessment at which he will be given the date for the operation. Dad's not sure if he's just having a new hip and knee or just the hip. I don't think they will do both together but we'll have to wait and see.
The way the hospital have responded to my Dad's plight has amazed me, as waiting lists can be months and months. Dad's so grateful to finally be having the operation which hopefully will mean he can get out and about again, especially to tend his beloved garden, but most importantly he will be pain free. The news that he will be having the operation fairly soon seems to have given him a new lease of life, he's sleeping better, and looks five years younger!
We'll be keeping our fingers crossed that all the pre-op tests go well and nothing interfers with the operation going ahead.