Pre-Op Assessment

Today it was back to the hospital for the next stage, the pre operation assessment. I saw a very nice nurse called Dilys who I’d seen the last time I went in for surgery in April.

It’s basically a formality. Lots of questions about general health and medical history. They check weight, height, blood pressure, heart etc.

Dilys also went through what I would expect on the day and in the days to follow. I have to be at the hospital at 7:30 am although the operation could be any time on that day. It will take around an hour. My eye will be removed and an implant put in its place. The conjunctiva will then be sewn over the implant and a plastic shell put behind my eye lid to maintain the shape of the socket.

I will then have a dressing put in place that will stay there for a week. This will be a challenge, especially when it comes to washing my hair!

I’ve clearly been visiting the eye department far too often just recently as, when I arrived, the lady on the reception desk greeted me by name as soon as I walked in! There’s something very reassuring though about being known by the department all joking aside. As I’ve already said, Dilys is lovely and she has Emailed me accessible information about the operation and the hospital visit. She’s also told me to Email her directly if I have any concerns.

Four days after the op I’d planned to visit Eden Hall Spa with friends for the day but there’s no way I can go with a big dressing on my face. Gutted doesn’t even come close.

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About Mel Griffiths

I live and work in Nottingham, England and am blind. This blog is often centred around things that happen to me because of being blind. This is my space to write and sometimes people will disagree with what I write, but its the one place I have in which to be frank and honest. I also like to reflect on the funnier side of life from time to time.
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