(To read my cancer story from the beginning start here – April / May 2018 – You Have Cancer)
Tuesday 10th July 2018 – The Day of the Operation
If you have read my previous posts you will know It was now the day of operation at UHCW (university Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire) in Coventry due to jaw cancer.
I was up bright and early, had had my shower and was sat on my bed waiting to be taken down for my operation.
The anaesthetist came to see me on the ward to tell me what to expect and to fill in more forms, then to my surprise a couple of porters came and got an end of the bed each, I thought I would just walk along to the operating theatre but no, they put all my stuff in my locker, got me in a robe, got me in bed ready to be wheeled away.
I wasn’t at all concerned, was still looking forward to getting on my proper ward and the only thing that worried me was, how would my stuff get to me if I was being moved to another ward, they told me not to worry and it would all be there when I woke up.
Off we went, the 2 porters pushing me in the bed and we got to the lift.
I asked if I could get out the bed, walk down the stairs and meet them at the bottom, but they weren’t having none of it, so in to the lift we went.
It was a nice big lift, nice and quick and much to my relief the doors soon opened and we were out at the bottom.
Along the corridors to the pre op room where the anaesthetist was waiting for me.
I can’t remember a great deal other than there was 2 or 3 of them, everyone was very nice again.
They asked if I was ready, put a mask on me and told me to start counting.
I was then wheeled in to the operating surgery where they cut away half of my mandible (lower jaw), cut my leg open and took out my fibula to use to reconstruct a new jaw, and sliced my belly open to get a bit of spare skin and tissue to graft on to my leg.
Before doing any of this they also gave me a tracheostomy
I never really asked much about the operation but apparently I was in there for 10+ hours with 4 different surgeons.
I have no idea what happened next but the next thing I remember was being on Ward 32 flat on my back with a Nurse shining a torch in my mouth.
My 1st night in hospital had been fine, a bit annoying having to stay awake for my pre-op drinks, being woken up for vitals and having to wake up early, but all in all it was fine – My 2nd night in hospital was completely different 🙁
Story continues here – My 1st night after my operation
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- Still Wobbling On
- 2 Years on from Hearing I Had Cancer
- Early 2020
- The Last Months of 2019
- The Summer of 2019
- Be Careful with the Suntan Lotion
- Getting Ill When Recovering from Cancer
- How Stupid is the Tax Credit System Cancer Sufferers
- 12 Months on From Being Told I Have Cancer – A Brief Summary
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- Cancer Free and no more PEG
- Lymphatic treatment and having my PEG out
- Beginning My Return to Normality (Almost)
- Will I be Home for Christmas 2018
- Swelling, Lumps and Puffiness The Cancer is Back
- No More Radiotherapy
- Last Couple of Weeks of Radiotherapy
- The Bad Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy Weeks and Back in Hospital
- Early Stages of Radiotherapy
- Radiotherapy – What’s all the fuss about?
- My 1st Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy Sessions
- Back at home, the calm before the storm
- Having a Radiotherapy Mask Made
- Drips, overnight feeds and blood transfusions
- Back in Hospital
- 2 days at home then a near trip in the Air Ambulance
- Removing the elastics and going home
- Stitches out, Temperatures and Infections
- Time to try solid foods
- It’s Not Me You Want to Thank
- 3rd operation of the week
- The Infections and that Damned Heat
- Back on the Ward
- I Never Liked Lifts
- My 2nd Operation in a Week
- My 1st night after my operation
- The Day of the Operation
- My 1st Night in Hospital
- Pre Op Arrangements
- Having a Feeding Tube Fitted – Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
- Telling Your Family You Have Cancer
- Coventry Warwick Coventry
- April / May 2018 – You Have Cancer