Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Retinal Detachment - Post-Op Assessment

Addenbrookes Hospital:
Day surgery is a great thing but only if you live locally. Today, SWMBO drove me on the 88 mile round trip for the third consecutive day!
All went well and the surgeon seemed quite pleased with the job he had done. Now I have to go away with all my eye drops and start the 'head down' regime for the next 10 days.
Car parking at Addenbrookes is very good with 2 multi-storey car parks but they can cost up to £18.50 a day. If you are a patient you get your ticket stamped at the out patients department and the cost is capped at £3.60. Other hospitals take note - please!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Retinal Detachment - Operation Day!

Addenbrookes Hospital:
Back to the previously deserted ECG department first thing this morning. It was packed! We explained the situation to the receptionist and, despite her uttering hardly a word, my name was called next. The ECG took less than 10 minutes and, as the technician said, it was probably the quickest test I would ever have.
Now to the eye department. We checked in and were shown to our 'bay' where I had to get into the silly operation gown and then SWMBO and I wrestled with the anti-deep vein thrombosis stockings that I had to wear. Blood pressure had to be taken twice before being acceptable - just. The anaesthetist visited and then I had a final check with the consultant before returning to 'my' bay to await being called.
A delightful theatre nurse came to collect - and reassure me - and I headed for the operating theatre.
I was wired up and made comfortable before the anaesthetist uttered the usual, "Sharp scratch coming" as he inserted a huge cannula into my arm. I didn't feel a thing. He said he was injecting some special Cambridgeshire gin and tonic but before I had a chance to say that I didn't like gin and tonic, I was gone...
I was awoken after the planned one to one and a half hour operation, but the best guess is that it took two and a half hours.
Back to my bay to come round from it all, try to eat something and have a drink. Not easy.
No real discomfort, yet. Eventually I was discharged with tablets, five different eye drops with varying frequencies of application and length of treatment. Thank heavens for SWMBO.
Then...I was told about the polystyrene mask that I would have to use to enable me to be 'face down' for 12 hours a day for the next ten days. The words of the pre-assessment nurse echoed in my ears, "Don't worry it won't be 'face down' for 10 days". Bugger.
We left the hospital and SWMBO carefully drove me home only to return again tomorrow for post-op assessment the following afternoon...to be continued.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Retinal Detachment - Pre-Op Assessment

Addenbrookes Hospital:
Usual eye test (again) - Right eye good, I think I stumbled through the third line from the bottom of the chart. Left eye - "What's the lowest line you can read?" "I can't see anything" "No, start from the top" "I can't see the top" (Don't think she's grasping the situation). We then establish that I can just about make out the light from a pen torch shone directly in my eye.
Next to waiting room two. I see the nurse for eye drops to dilate the pupil and then wait to see the consultant. He's late. When I see him, he gives both eyes a thorough examination and diagnoses a small cataract in the right eye and a torn and completely detached retina in the left eye. He goes a bit quiet. "Come back tomorrow for an operation. We should be able to regain some useful sight in the left eye". He doesn't sound too optimistic.
Then to more nurses for a thorough medical history to be taken. Blood pressure - sky high. Next to the 'doctor' to see if I'm fit for surgery. All OK I think. Yes.
Now back to the main hospital for blood tests in one department and ECG in another. Blood test department very efficient but we are about one minute too late for the ECG department so that will have to wait until tomorrow morning...to be continued.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Retinal Detachment - Diagnosis

I had been having deteriorating eyesight in my left eye following complications after cataract surgery where the lens capsule was getting more and more opaque.
I had an appointment for simple laser surgery to correct this at Luton & Dunstable hospital one Saturday morning. On the Thursday evening before the appointment I suddenly lost all sight in the eye and naively thought the opaqueness had suddenly got a lot worse. At the appointment the consultant diagnosed a badly torn and completely detached retina and referred me to Addenbrookes hospital near Cambridge as L & D do not do retinal surgery.
I went to Addenbrookes on the following Tuesday and was scheduled for emergency surgery the following day.
To be continued...(sorry for any typing errors!)

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Holiday Property Bond (HPB) Majorca

You will have noticed that I've been killing time with some funnies which I hope you've found mildly amusing. I've been waiting for our holiday in Majorca. This should have been our first day at Biniorella...
However, we've had to cancel the holiday due to my emergency eye surgery for a torn and completely detached retina. I completely lost all sight in my left eye which was scary to say the least.
So, rather than being on holiday I'm on Day 4 of a 10 day regime where I have to be face down during all waking hours with a 15 minute break each hour to wash, dress, eat and perform all of life's necessities.
Keep following, friends...

Monday, 5 March 2018

Snow? - Keep Calm & Carry On

It will dry sometime!

Ice cream anyone?

Thursday, 1 March 2018

It's Cold Out There!

The birds are getting a bit ferocious...

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Shirts That Actually Fit Properly!

At last - I've found a shop where I can buy shirts that fit!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentines Day

As it's also our wedding anniversary (37 years!), I got SWMBO a special card...
...and a nice arrangement of flours

Friday, 9 February 2018

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Leadenhall Market

The market dates from the 14th century and used to be a meat market.
Now there's all sorts of interesting, mainly foodie, shops.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Mansion House 2

Just a few shiny treasures

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Mansion House

Mansion House

Start of the guided tour

Expensive chairs! They have a children's party here once a year and the first thing they do is remove the chairs and replace them with something less ornate - and expensive.

The guide assured the group that when they have the chandeliers cleaned they do not use "The Trotters"


Sunday, 21 January 2018

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Village Of The Year

There's a new series of "Village of the Year" on Channel 4 which is made by Reef Television.
It's currently on Monday and Thursday at 3:00 pm and the programme next Thursday (25th) features Rowhedge in Essex, Findon in West Sussex, Coxheath in Kent. AND Redbourn in Hertfordshire - so you might want to take a look and see how we get on...?

Friday, 12 January 2018

Really Annoying

"One" of the things that really annoys me is establishments advertising free WiFi and then keeping the password a secret. It's really frustrating to have to go and ask for the password. Some places have a notice hidden away, some have a blackboard with the code written in tiny lettering but the best places have cards on the table - or on the menu for example - with the code boldly displayed.
Anyone else find this annoying?

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Is This The Way To YAWELDIRB?

This is a really bad photo taken looking into the sun so you may have to click on it to enlarge it.
We have just completed a 6.6 mile walk and found the way to YAWELDIRB.
How can this have happened?
It's not come through from the other side of the sign - how can anyone have made the finger post, how can anyone have made the entire sign, how can anyone have installed it? Unbelievable, or is it?

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Redbourn Classics On The Common

I don't think I've posted this before (?)
Last summer, Redbourn held its first classic car show on the common

The Ferrari contingent were at the museum

Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my regular blog followers and to all those passers-by who call in from time to time and are very welcome indeed.
I've been retired for 9 years today. Don't think I'll be going back...
Saffie getting in to the Christmas spirit - I can hardly wait!

Trying out her own Christmas present

Pretending to be a 'handbag dog'!

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Christmas At Kew 5

A last post to finish off the Kew photos - and videos

Monday, 25 December 2017

Happy Christmas From JR

Happy Christmas to all my blog-followers.
Thank you for visiting the blog throughout 2017.
Final light show of the trail:

Video for Christmas Day

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Christmas At Kew 3

Many of the natural trees were well lit too

Good heavens - more video!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Christmas At Kew 2


One colour changing tree



 Singing trees

Video to prove it!