Friday, December 11, 2009

Harri’s hernia op – done

One year ago today Harri had the operation to correct her bi-lateral hip dysplasia, so perhaps it was fitting that today she had her hernia operation.

I’m pleased to report that – so far – everything has gone smoothly, from staying overnight in Huntingdon at the excellent Premier Inn ahead of this morning’s 7.30am check-in at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, to putting Harri to bed here at home.

The operation was a success – a “big” hernia was discovered and fixed, so hopefully she’s a huge step closer to having that problem finally resolved. She’ll need to be on pain-relief for the next 48 hours minimum – much like with her plaster – and then should quickly recover after that. Within a matter of days she’ll be able to have a bath, and then within weeks we won’t have to keep her away from rough and tumble (assuming we can!).

I’d like to extend a huge thanks to everyone at Hinchingbrooke’s, from the nurses who looked after us to Miss Smith who performed the operation. They were attentive and helpful throughout, aided no doubt by the fact there were only two of us in the day care ward, but it was reassuring to see Harri the centre of the attention from arrival to departure.

Hopefully this will be the last operation she has to undertake for a long time – there’s still a risk of a follow-up operation for her hips, but we’ll cross that bridge should we come to it. In the meantime, I salute my beautiful baby girl for her strength and bravery in coming through two unrelated operations in the space of 12 months.

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