Just got back from the hospital.
The appointment was for 7.45am and we got there by 7.30am and managed to get a disabled parking space. (Woo hoo, they're as rare as hen's teeth).
We were taken straight up to radiology. The radiologist was a complete card (as were the other two patients who came with us). Once the banter died down, hubby had a chest x-ray and then we went back to the pre-admission waiting room.
Over the next four hours we saw the nurse (twice), physiologist, anaesthetists and doctor. He had an ECG, swabs for MRSA, urine and blood tests. No less than 4 forms were filled in (one by each person and a few we had to take with us). Each time the same questions were asked?!? After being asked "Do you smoke?" 4 times (even though it was on the form we had filled in ahead of time) I was beginning to wonder what would happen if we started answering "yes" instead of "no".
Two of the "rather odd" questions were (asked by the nurse) "How old are your children?" and (asked by the Doctor) "Do you live in a house?", "Do you own the house?" Huh? I could, sort of, understand that question from the physiologist as sometimes modifications are needed to the house - but by the Doctor?
In between times we caught up with the other patients in the waiting room. They were undergoing a similar round-a-bout of interviews. There was a lot of banter between the patients and their partners which made the waiting less boring.
Anyhow, we were told that the operation is tentatively scheduled for Jan 28th (until we get a letter it's "tentative", but that's the date on the system). It is scheduled for Freo hospital but we don't know if it's morning or afternoon yet. He'll be in hospital for about a week or so after the operation and then he starts the long process of rehabilitation.
Thanks again for all the support. Please keep thoughts and prayers coming that the date won't get pushed out as it would be really good to get this finally sorted.