@Old Hat - I'm so sorry, I missed your post! You must have posted while I was still typing my previous post >_>.
@island time - Ooh, a new thing for me to google! Thanks for the suggestion - I'll look into that.
@ks - Is it possible to earn enough to make a living that way? I just had a quick look at proofreaders offering their services on Fiverr. I won't name her, but one woman managed to get glowing praise and an average rating of 4.8 despite several punctuation mistakes in her profile, including a glaringly obvious (to me) misuse of "it's." My English is not perfect by any means, but hell, I can do better than this bint.
Another thing I have considered is technical writing, but it looks like you need a degree for that. It's not completely out of the question, but I would need to be pretty certain of being able to get a job at the end of it for that much time and money. IT is another possibility, but I would need to narrow the field down considerably - IT on its own is too vague :/
@Quincy - Ah okay. Unfortunately I am a dedicated laptop user ;p I do look at the internet on my phone, but I find typing long posts on it to be bit of a nightmare.
@iPoop - Thanks! Fortunately I have a trustworthy garage that I've been going to for years. I'm going to take my car there soon and ask them what needs doing and how much it will cost to fix. It passed its MOT this year but with several advisories. Even at the time the garage warned me the car would need major work next year. It's the brakes I'm most worried about
, as they were one of the things which came up in the advisories.
Anyway, I went to my pre-op health checkup yesterday. I had blood tests and an ECG, saw four different people, and got so much paperwork they gave me my own folder to take it away with. No problems, except for the loud radio playing one dire song after another in the corridor - even the adverts were better by comparison and I hate
ads. Eventually I asked the receptionist if I could sit in another area. She was very sweet about
it and kept her promise of coming to get me. So yeah, I think I'm healthy and not about
to keel over from a heart attack, but I didn't get much feedback.
They went into a lot of detail about
the Enhanced Recovery Programme. I remember this from my last surgery in 2015, but they've added a lot of new stuff since then. For example, they give you prophylactic antibiotics the day before surgery, then on the day of surgery itself they give you gabapentin. You also have to drink carbohydrate drinks beforehand (unless you're diabetic, which I'm not). Another new thing is chewing gum! You're expected to bring in your own chewing gum and chew on it for 20 minutes four times a day. The idea is to stimulate your bowels to start working again. I don't like chewing gum, but if it helps avoid another ileus I will chew on that s**t 24/7.
An ileus is bowel paralysis and I had one for 9-10 days after my last surgery. It was genuine hell. I was nauseous night and day - never got a respite from the nausea. I had zero appetite for food or liquid - the tiny bits I tried to force down I vomited back up. It was scary how quickly I weakened. I'm not normally one for completely losing my appetite: even if I lose my appetite for food, I can always drink something. This time I couldn't even face water or tea. In a week I lost a stone (14lb). Good crash diet, but not one I can really recommend from personal experience.
In the end the only reason I got out of there - the hospital wouldn't let me go until I started eating - was because I made myself eat two slices of toast and marmite every morning. After 3 days of that I was much better, but to this day I still hate marmite.
Oh by the way, the operation will take 5 hours. I was kind of surprised at the length :/ Anyway because of that I was told it will almost certainly be a morning surgery. I also still don't have a date, annoyingly. In the past I would have the pre-op checkup about
a week before surgery, but they've changed the system and now the preop checkup is done before
the patient is given a date for surgery. I was given an explanation and the explanation amounts to this: they were finding that so many people were physically unfit for surgery they had to cancel too many operations. Okay, fair enough, but now I'm left in limbo not knowing when the hell my surgery will be. It could be next week, it could be six months from now. To be fair, the person I moaned to about
it was sympathetic and suggested I call to find out where I am on the waiting list. I will do that, but not yet: I need more time to digest the implications of surgery first. I couldn't sleep last night for worrying about
Phew. Sorry for another wall of text, folks. I did try to break it up into smaller walls. And now, I will stop typing and shut up