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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Happy Birthday!

I PROMISE that this is the last 'medical' post - honest!!

Not only is today my birthday, with all the usual goodies that brings, but this afternoon my consultant rang to say that lymph nodes seem fine and my op is booked for Friday. Not only that, but I have Professor Neal carrying out the procedure and his success rate is astonishingly good, with much shorter recovery times than with conventional surgery and a very low rate of the more unfortunate side effects (still might have a shorter willie though!).

I found this very interesting article from the Times, and if you're not too squeamish, it has a video of the operation as well with a commentary! So now I know exactly what Prof. Neal will be doing. Fascinating stuff - I hadn't realised that I will be tipped upside down to allow gravity to keep my innards out of the way (indignity upon indignity) nor that there is a smell of cooked meat and pork crackling in the theatre from the super heated instruments.

Will I fancy pork scratchings ever again?

Oddly, the video has made me feel very confident about the whole thing, and the story about the chap driving a tractor within a week of the op is encouraging too - not that I have a tractor, and I suspect that he is an exception.

Thanks for all the emails. I'll let you know how I get on and then I'll be back on the outoors theme again.

Toodle pip for now

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Blogger Mike Knipe said...

Oh, no - I couldn't possibly watch the video. My willie is much, much smaller even now just thinking about it. Excellent news about the lymph glands.
Happy birthday.

I'd give the tractor a miss for a while by the way

October 21, 2008 at 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well this is the chance to get a tractor if you have ever wanted one. I'm sure Ms W would let you ;-)

But otherwise good news indeed.

October 21, 2008 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger Alan Sloman said...

Bloody Hell! That's another year I have forgotten fella! Fascinating video - do you get to keep the prostate? It could be mounted on the Mantlepiece...

Maybe not...

Good luck fella.

October 21, 2008 at 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I just watched the video of the operation - amazing!!!

All the best for Friday - we're thinking of you!



October 21, 2008 at 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aye lad, happy birthday. That's some video - what they don't tell you is whether the patient was awake or knocked out during the operation. I know that if it were me I'd rather be out cold, and preferably in an adjacent room.
Glad Prof Neal's doing the op - but will there be a Times journo in theatre watching?

October 23, 2008 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Martin Rye said...

I passed on the video but hope you are on the mend.

October 25, 2008 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Lou and Phyllis LaBorwit said...

Some birthday present!
We hope things went well and that you are on an easy mend.
Lou and Phyl

October 29, 2008 at 6:17 PM  

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