For those of you who haven't been following my seton saga, I've had a seton for years but the doctors like to remove each seton annually and replace it with a new one. I had my annual change-over in March... and the new seton promptly disappeared two weeks later, on Good Friday. I don't know if it has fallen out or just dislodged and crept further up inside: either way, it's gone.
This is a bigger deal than you'd think, as I live in a forgotten corner of my state and need to travel 300km (by train) to get to the hospital to have the replacement surgery and then have to get myself back home again, alone and unsupported. The trains run very infrequently, so I have to get to the station on time, or risk being stranded for anywhere between 6 and 16 hours until the next train leaves.
Whenever I have the surgery done, they make me stay overnight afterwards because I live so far away... but not this time. The admissions doctor has just informed me that as "city people go home the same day", I can too. I pointed out that this is a loooong train trip and that I live alone and will have nobody to help me get to the train station or escort me home afterwards, and that this is a BIG thing to ask of somebody who has just had a general anaesthetic, but he didn't care. He won't book a bed for me.
I am *sure* that he is wrong in expecting this of me. Usually hospitals won't even let day patients leave after an anaesthetic unless they have somebody escorting them, so how can he possibly let me loose, alone, to negotiate my way round the city, to buy a train ticket, book my luggage and get myself home, all within a couple of hours after surgery and general anaesthetic?
What would you do? This is a snotty big-city hospital; they are very rude to patients who argue with doctors' decisions, even if the doctors are wrong...
I really am worried about
this. The thought of having to wander around a HUGE train station and get myself home so soon after anaesthetic is very, very daunting. I already have trouble walking around the station; it's so big; so the thought of having to do it while drugged is horrifying. I'm scared I'll not be able to walk far enough, and that I'll lose my purse or get on the wrong train or fall asleep and miss the train entirely...