Yesterday at lunch, I got a call from a lady NUS who offered me the opportunity to come in and remove the screws in my leg, on Sunday. Yes, Sunday! I guess the county council has decided to shorten the queues and that they are therefore ordering the orthopedists to perform non-acute surgery on a Sunday. I feel bad for the doctors and nurses and other staff that have to work over time for my sake. I could have waited another month, easily. But I’m also extremely thankful that they do, so that I don’t have to be absent from work, so that I can get into shape before Spain and so that I can get into my ski boots this winter. I love all you folks working in the Swedish health care system. You are true heroes!
The surgery in itself has been described to me as a minor operation. They hope that they will be able to do it without putting me to sleep. I hope so too, because 1) I’m terrified of being put to sleep, and 2) I really want to see when they use the screwdriver. I wish I could bring a camera to document everything that happens when they bring out their knives, but I guess dirty cameras aren’t allowed in sterile rooms.
As always, I am completely naive and not worried at all about the procedure. The only things that worry me is that I’m not allowed to eat after midnight tonight, and drink or snus (!!!) after 8 am tomorrow, and that I have to wash myself with Descutan tonight and tomorrow morning. If you haven’t had to wash yourself with Descutan, I can tell you that it feels like if you are scrubbing your entire body (including your hair, your face, and your private parts) with disinfecting alcohol. The reason for why it feels like that is because you actually ARE scrubbing your entire body with disinfecting alcohol. I guess you can imagine how the skin feels after that. Yes, you would REALLY like some lotion, but that is of course not allowed. So I’ll be entering the hospital tomorrow morning with a smile that literally cracks up my face.The fasting requirement means that I will probably be a very grumpy hen during surgery. I hope that they will cheer me up by showing me some cool tools :). Wish me luck!