An appointment at last, but not on a Wednesday

@Asylum (48266)
Manchester, England
March 11, 2016 5:30am CST
My surgeon originally informed me that he would try to push my eye operation through as an emergency, which would be on a Wednesday. Naturally I have been expecting a telephone call for the past few Wednesdays. Much to my surprise I received a call this morning from him. It seems that he has arranged a slot for next Friday, so at least I have a definite date now. At least all the sense of the unknown has now been removed. It should prove to be an interesting journey because my appointment has been set for 7-30 AM. All that I need to do now is to try to avoid suffering a cardiac arrest in the anticipation of what the operation will be like.
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@GardenGerty (101679)
• United States
11 Mar 16
Okay friend, no coronaries allowed. I am glad you finally have an appointment.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
Yes, so I am now back to the sense of mixed emotions. I am pleased that some progress is on the agenda, but seriously apprehensive about the whole experience awaiting me.
@LadyDuck (170727)
• Switzerland
11 Mar 16
What a terrible time to be there, I hope that the public transport are available. Now the date is known, try not to stress, stay here with us and avoid thinking to the surgery all the time.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
I checked the timetable while I was out today and the first Metrolink tram runs at 6-20 AM.
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@LadyDuck (170727)
• Switzerland
11 Mar 16
@Asylum I am glad that you have a public transport to go to the hospital.
• Midland, Michigan
16 Mar 16
@Asylum That's good, for I forgot that you don't drive.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Mar 16
It's good you now have a date. I can imagine you won't sleep much on the Thursday night.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
I still have to check whether public transport will be available at that time on Friday morning.
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@JudyEv (130204)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Mar 16
@Asylum I see in your response to Anna there is a 6.20am link. Is that early enough for you?
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
12 Mar 16
@JudyEv It will just have to do. If I am looking in risk of being late by the time that I reach the city centre then I will just have top get a taxi.
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• United States
13 Mar 16
It's going to either be the longest week ever or the shortest or both. I would prefer an early morning appointment as the doctor and crew will be at their best. Good to hear it is on the schedule! That's one hurdle jumped.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
13 Mar 16
I was totally surprised that 7-30 AM appointments even existed.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
13 Mar 16
@Jeanniemaries That actually remains to be seen because the operation is apparently a risky procedure and could result in a further operation.
@DWDavis (12909)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
Good to read that you finally have an appointment. I know the anticipation was wearying for you. I pray that all goes well.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
Now that I have a definite date I seem to be more apprehensive than ever.
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@DWDavis (12909)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
11 Mar 16
@Asylum I know what you mean. I had to see a dermatologist today because I had a bump removed from my ear and the report came back inconclusive. They had to cut out some for another test. Now I'm sitting here with a bandaged, very sore, ear.
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@Morleyhunt (20292)
• Canada
11 Mar 16
Fear of the unknown is common. I remember a dentist appointment I had. I told my husband I would rather have a baby than keep that appointment.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
The unknown certainly is the worst part of it. After having the cataract operation and being aware of what it amounted to I was prepared for the next one, but instead I have another unknown experience to endure.
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• Midland, Michigan
16 Mar 16
When I had scary dental procedures planned some years ago, I studied up on them so I'd know what to expect. I would do the same if it were I planning the eye surgery. I like to know what I'm up against, so that I can pray and believe for the best outcome but not freak out if I hear something and not know what it means.
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@owlwings (39604)
• Cambridge, England
11 Mar 16
I'm glad that you now have a definite date. 7:30 is wholly before sparrowfart, so I hope that both you and especially the surgeon are both compos mentis at that hour! I have found that controlled breathing exercises are a great help in calming the nerves before an operation (something like 'breathe in for 3, hold for 3, breathe out for 5'). Don't overdo them, though. Over-oxygenation is not good! I wish you calm nerves and good luck!
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
I am also hoping that my surgeon is compos mentis at that time, which will at least make one of us.
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@marlina (76619)
• Canada
11 Mar 16
Finally you got a definite date! I know how nervous you are about it and I would be too. Try to relax as much as possible and think of other things. Pleasant things.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
I shall to dig out all my cartoon DVDs to take my mind of the operation.
@rebelann (42420)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Mar 16
I have my fingers crossed that they will not postpone it ... oh, don't have a cardiac, you need to give 4 weeks advance notice if you plan to have one
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
14 Mar 16
Since the operation will be taking place in 4 days, that does not give me enough time to book a cardiac arrest, so I guess that I will have to give that plan a miss.
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@rebelann (42420)
• El Paso, Texas
14 Mar 16
good to hear @Asylum just remember not to book one in my lifetime, OK?!?
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
14 Mar 16
@rebelann Does this mean that I need to hire a hitman for you before I can go ahead?
• United States
11 Mar 16
Distract yourself by doing something in which you can become engrossed. You know, something that makes time fly by and you don't even notice. Good luck, Barry.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
I suppose that I could try spending 14 hours a day on Mylot, but even then I would still keep allowing my mind to return to the approaching operation.
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• United States
12 Mar 16
@Asylum You like computers. Take one apart or download some complex software that would make the rest of us nuts.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
12 Mar 16
@ElizabethWallace Stripping my computer down to individual components seems a drastic way to occupy my attention.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
11 Mar 16
I'm glad your date has come through. ..now the trick will be not to worry about it....
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
That second part will be virtually impossible, but at least I can look forward to next Saturday when it will all be in the past.
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
12 Mar 16
@Asylum yes that's true this time next week ...it'll be all done .... that's good positive thinking....
@ouahab7 (207)
• Algeria
11 Mar 16
See you in good health
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
That would be extremely unlikely, but it should improve my eyesight at least.
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@ouahab7 (207)
• Algeria
11 Mar 16
Good luck
@TheHorse (70892)
• Pleasant Hill, California
13 Mar 16
Yeah, that's quite a wait. All the best to you.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
13 Mar 16
At least I have a set date now.
@kaka135 (14068)
• Malaysia
12 Mar 16
Yes, it's good to have the date fixed. That appointment is really early. Hope everything will go well.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
12 Mar 16
I was totally amazed by the time, but prefer that to waiting longer
@garymarsh6 (14317)
• United Kingdom
12 Mar 16
I am glad you have finally been given a date for your op Barry. Good luck I will be thinking of you and rooting for it being a complete success!
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
12 Mar 16
I am seriously hoping that this is the last operation on that eye and that I can then go on to the cataract operation on my left eye.
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@celticeagle (119128)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Mar 16
No cardiac arrest. That is from surprise, silly. You'll be fine. You've made it this far........!!
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
12 Mar 16
I actually though that the horror was over after my original cataract operation because the next cataract would be easier. Of course I did not allow for my particular luck.
@Susan2015 (21310)
• United States
12 Mar 16
I'm sure you will be glad when all the eye issues are done!
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
12 Mar 16
I will be glad and seriously relived at the thought of it all being over with.
@allknowing (68646)
• India
12 Mar 16
Your heart will not even know about the anxiety you have gone through if you have treated it well.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
12 Mar 16
My mind will certainly be aware of the situation and will give my heart a busy time.
@nanette64 (17836)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 Mar 16
I am hoping sincerely for the best outcome of this surgery @Asylum . Breathe deep my friend, breath deep.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
Hopefully a week from now I will be able to see clearly as well.
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@jaboUK (54867)
• United Kingdom
11 Mar 16
That's an unusual time for an appointment. Good luck with the op.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
11 Mar 16
I suppose that one good point is that I will not be very awake at that time anyway.
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