Central Plateau, North Island
Monday, 31 May 2021
Thursday, 20 May 2021
I arrived bright and early at the day theatre reception, was taken in, all things checked out, and the drop regime began. 2 sets of drops every 5 minutes, then make sure my blood pressure was OK ( A bit higher than normal but stinging drops can cause that).
I was taken into the next area, found a lovely Lazy Boy Chair, given the red non slip socks, a button at the back gown and a white robe, then a warm blanket.
Then wait. Usually you do see the previous patients wheeled back, complete with a patch over the offending eye.
Not one appeared. There were 5 more of us waiting. this did seem to be a very long time waiting, as usually each patient is taken down, and back in about 30 minutes. By this time at least 4 others should have been attended to.
FINALLY, a tall good looking man came to me, said he was one of Dr Eiseman's team, and the news was, there had been an equipment fault, and all the following cataract surgeries were cancelled, I almost laughed, one lady almost cried, one lovely lady did a little dance.
Then one lady returned, I am guessing she was in theatre for a very long time, and had her surgery the old fashioned way, maybe they had already began and had to continue. I am so thankful that I was not there at that time.
I phoned Hugh to give him the news !!!!!!! was his reply. I was given a new date of 8th June.
However Annette and I did manage to get in some shopping after the three of us had a lovely lunch.
No photos, my eye is still so dilated anything is still a huge blur.
Thank you , every one for caring and sending love, messages and hopes.
Quotation of the day from Robert Burns,
" The Best-laid schemes of mice and men Go oft awry"
Greetings from Jean
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
A quote from Macbeth!! This is going back to maybe 1955, when I was a High School.
However, my tomorrow, all going according to schedule, will see me in the Day Theatre for cataract surgery. I am hoping that the Cyber Attack at Waikato Hospital will not cause any delays down here, that hospital has had to cancel some surgeries, not answer to the ransom ? Undisclosed? Supposedly this happened when an email attachment was opened.So all their computers and phones were not working.
Here the weather has turned to well and truly Autumn, gale winds, torrential rain, snow further south, and the fire is doing its job to keep us all cosy and warm .
So, after the initial post-op time has been spent, I am hoping for miracles with my eyesight, the other eye also has a cataract, and goodness knows when that will get done, I have waited at least 18 months for this in our local Public Hospital, the cost to get the surgery done privately is well over NZ $ 6000 per eye, including consultations and follow ups. And even though our GP did tell me " Jean, you are in your twilight years, just go private and pay" , I was so reluctant to do that.
Here is Boris, our one and only cat now, in what was called " Self Isolation" last year.
Quotation of the day from an elderly relative, but she may have found this in her quotation book.
" You don't miss the water until the well runs dry"
Greetings from Jean
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
The treadmill test went ahead as scheduled, the one lady who attaches all the leads, does a test run while you lie VERY still, check the blood pressure, has been away ill for a few weeks, so I was very relieved to see her there this morning.
The picture on the wall is so similar to the photo I posted earlier of our Central Plateau Mountains.
So all wired up, I set off, A gentle stroll to start with. lots of encouragement, warnings to tell of any discomfort, pain, or being short of breath. I was told when the 3 minute arrived, could I carry on, Yes!! Then I was told only 46 seconds to go and it might get a little harder as they speeded it up. They did, again, many assurances that I was doing so well, was I OK? Can you keep going, Yes!! I kept on until 6 minutes had elapsed, and then it slowed down until I was stationary, stood there for a final ECG, not walking, recovered, and then met the Doctor in the adjacent room. I was thinking this would be so similar to the test last June, a struggle to last even the 4 minutes, trying to stand tall, keep the paces longer, and to even breathe without gasping for air. Not so, today was so much easier, a huge relief to find that Everest had reduced its height for me today.
The ECG showed no changes, I did not get to fly to Wellington, could he see my HUGE smile? An increase in one tablet, call the ambulance if you do get any angina and the sub-lingual spray does not relieve the pain.To use a friend's quote " Home again, home again ,jiggity jig"
This was on my birthday in July, some years ago, on the way up to Turoa, on the southern slopes of Mt Ruapehu .
Hugh's Mum, who was always ready for an exciting trip or scary adventure. This was up the slopes of Mt Tarawera,
Monday, 3 May 2021
I have joined in the " Round the Block, US tour" and each Sunday evening a new block from a new state in USA arrives by email.
With each new block from a new designer, lots of information about the state, so a Geography lesson at the same time. The other photos eluded me when I tried to insert them.Just in case you think we have not had snow at our home, here is our previous home in August 1997, the one and only snowfall I have seen, at any time and anywhere I have lived. It was magical.