Just a quick first report!
I was wheeled in promptly at 8:00am yesterday. I had lovable Liz Hills with me, holding my hand, and friendly Dr Duncan MacDonald the anaesthhetist was all set, both putting me completely at ease. I went off in an instant.
I woke up late morning in Recovery, and then was wheeled back to my room. Such attention! I'd already had nurse Dawn clustering round, now Carla did, and later on, Tania and Elaine. Thanks so much, girls.
At first there was a problem with bleeding, but tightening up and packing the T bandage improved that. The only other thing was lowish blood pressure, but as the bleeding subsided it improved to around 100/65.
I had a good night. There was of course some initial discomfort - no more - from the tight T bandage, but I got used to that. No pain, apart from a very occasional minor twinge from one or other of the drainage sutures. I've hardly needed painkillers.
So this morning I'm feeling clear-headed, very upbeat, eager to devour the jelly and sorbet and black coffee I've chosen for breakfast. And - propitious sign! - it's sunny. There was even a little blue sky just now.
Once again, a thank you to everyone for the supportive comments made, and private emails. They are so much appreciated!