After a lazy day on Sunday, I was up bright and early on Monday morning.
I caught a train from Shrewsbury down to London, meeting Phil Hayward en route. We met with the specialist James Calder at his clinic around 1pm and after a quick X-Ray we were in his consultancy room reviewing the scan. He said it was obvious there was a significant break and the sensible option for me would be to have a surgery.
He briefed me on things I needed to do in preparation for the operation, things like no food and drink. We were then sent over to Cromwell Hospital in West London where a room would be ready for me to check in to. I would be his last operation of the evening so I knew it could be quite a while before I was taken down to theatre and I was already feeling hungry!!
It was a long afternoon waiting; I flitted between reading Steven Gerrard’s autobiography and watching Netflix’s ‘Making A Murderer’ to pass the time. With having two young children at home I don’t get to watch much TV so away trips and unfortunate situations like this are a good chance I get to catch up on films and box sets.
I finally got wheeled down to theatre just after 10pm, it had been a long day but at this point but I was more concerned how long a day it had been for James Calder!! I asked the nurse how he was feeling, and asked if he needed some Red Bull? She laughed… But I wasn’t joking!
I then got prepped with needles and tubes ready for the anaesthetist. He started pumping different fluids into my veins; the first he said was a strong painkiller and said I would start to feel ‘woozy’ in 30 seconds. I don’t know what his definition of ‘woozy’ is but I felt like I had just necked 10 pints… I felt steaming! He then put some general aesthetic in my hand and said you might feel a cold sensation moving up your arm and you will start to fall asleep shortly. Anyone who has had this done before will know it’s a strange sensation. I was determined to count to 10 and try to hold off going to sleep, I think I got to about 4 before I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore!