Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Like Gwyneth Paltrow blubbering at The Oscars, anniversaries seem to come round every year !
Funny that.  

Anyway about 6pm on March 4th 1993, a group of knife wielding masked men cut open my chest, sliced my left leg from ankle to crotch (VERY close to my crotch actually) and stopped my heart beating for a period of time I'd rather not know about.

And as well as thanking them afterwards, they were all well paid for doing so.

No I wasn't being mugged, except financially; I was having bypass surgery.  

It's been 16 years since that traumatic operation and I'm happy to report that the leg scar has almost totally gone, the chest scar has been covered with a dense foliage of hair (YES IT HAS, DAMMIT) and best of all, to the best of my knowledge anyway, the grafts have all held. All 5 of them.  

You know how I always claim that I photograph anything ?  Well you'll not be surprised to learn then that I took my camcorder into the hospital and in classic style, did a bit to camera just before they wheeled me off to surgery.  I'd have taken it in with me but given the choice, I thought it best to be 'under' while they ripped me apart.

A while ago I looked at that footage for the first time in about....oh 16 years.  There I was in my dressing gown, in my private room (thank you BUPA) talking away to an unknown audience as if the tape was to be played at my state funeral.  I know I wasn't scared though.  I would be now. Maybe it was because I was only 40 and had a 98% chance of survival. Maybe it was because MRSA hadn't been invented yet.  Maybe it was because I was in a lovely place that was more like a posh hotel.  But on reflection, I think it was because of the pre op drugs they'd just injected into me.

I stood just inside my closed door and recorded my farewell speech for posterity, just in case.  I've always had a thing for the dramatic.  I'm not very practical though and hadn't even made a will.  Probably a good thing then that I survived as my estate would've taken some processing !  Not !!

So it's Happy Anniversary to my bypass grafts today.  Long may they continue to let life giving blood flow to and from my heart.  And as for the scalpel they left inside me ?

After 16 years it's almost become a part of me and I barely hear the rattle.

6 comments:

Daphne said...

And where was I whilst all this drama was going on? In my house, which is, by one of those strange coincidences, about 200 yards away from that very hospital. If you'd just taken the trouble to call in on the way there and introduce yourself, I would have brought you some grapes AND held the video camera. But seriously, I'm SO glad that the operation was a success. Happy Anniversary, and I wish you very many more of them.

Katie said...

Congratulations on the 16th Anniversary of your CABBAGE!

Silverback said...

Yes a plateful of jaffa cakes would've gone down nicely back then, Daphne.

Yes Katie, it was the one time that I was grateful to be given that particular 'vegetable'.

ruth said...

Many happy returns of your happy anniversary.

PS MAKE A WILL (if you haven't already) - I often work for solicitors and it really does matter!

Debby said...

Happy anniversary.

Now, quit blogging twice a day and get out in that lovely sunshine while you have it and move your unclogged bits around!

NO JAFFA CAKES!

Jan said...

Congrats on making it through the op, and may you see many more anniversaries.

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