I couldn’t believe it myself, but on Thursday I contacted my previous consultant to tell her that I was still struggling and awaiting the final operation. I contacted her on the basis that she would know of an alternative surgeon if it came to it.
She got straight back to me and advised that she would contact my surgeon to find out what is happening and if needed then would of course find another surgeon.
Fast forward 24 hours to Friday and I’m preparing to go to my nans funeral. My phone rings; “It’s the hospital” I say to my parents.
I answer the phone, and to my surprise it’s the booking team from the hospital. The lady asks me if I can come for a pre-op on the 4th of September, but I advise that because I had no idea what the hell was happening, I had booked a little holiday, so couldn’t attend. She advised that she would call back shortly to confirm another date.
I’m now excited because the ball is rolling at last, and she does indeed call me back. This time asking if I can have my pre-op on the 11th of September. I advise that I can attend and it is booked in.
I wasn’t expecting the next part. “Your operation is booked in for… the 24th of September”. To which my response was “Bloody hell, are you serious? Thank you so much!”. I literally could not believe it, I had to sit down. It was like a mixture of shock and excitement bundled into one.
As I have had a few days to come to terms with it, I am now just so happy and relieved it’s going to be happening. I know a small part of me will miss how the last year and a half has been, and what it could be like if I kept the stoma, but the overpowering part of me that can’t wait, wins.
So, expect another one of these after the pre-op, just to confirm I am actually having it and it’s not just someone playing a huge trick on me, and another massive post once the surgery has been completed. This time I should be in a position to write every day, so it won’t be as messy as the last two, fingers crossed.
Thanks for reading, and if you have followed the other posts, I hope my excitement is coming through in my writing!