I went to Berlin end of September. People there are really nice. Some nurses do not speak fluent English, so if you don't speak German, try to learn in advance a couple of standard sentences. The sentences I learnt were:
I'm in pain (my arm hurts, my leg hurts, etc)
My breathing is difficult
There was one sentence that I did not prepare in advance: "I have to throw up", and I still feel terribly bad that I threw up on the nurse :-/
I used a free translator app that I found online (I think there were 10 free sentences a day, so prepare in advance) and there was the pronounciation too, so I practice a bit every day the week before going.
Schaarschmidt will tell you to walk and to take the stairs instead of the lift/elevator. Just do it. The guy has a sort of third eye at the back of his head and he'll know that you use the lifts. And you'll be told off...
Good luck with your surgery C123, I'm sure the professor will beat that dent out of your chest just nicely and I wish you all the best with your recovery. I am of similar age and wanting to get nussed(again) in the near future so I will be back to check on your progress and results so make sure you keep us updated! Once again good luck!
2 more days untill surgery day. I'm starting to get a little nervous.
Today I received my chest x-ray images and the radiologist's report via mail. Seeing and reading that my heart is turned and shifted to the left because of PE reassures me that it is the right decision to get this fixed.
This is indeed a very intense moment. When I saw the scan images, the severity of my PE hit me like a truck. At the same time it made the decision for surgery easier. It was simply an anatomical impossibility for me to be healty with that rib cage. I remember vividly the night before surgery. I was sitting in the mini-lounge next to the nurses station with a cup of tea. The ward was very quiet. It was 10pm and the kids were all in bed and the parents back home. I spent about an hour on my own thinking about all the hopes that operation was bringing. But I also promise myself to forgive myself if anything goes wrong.
It is a very scary time and the recovery ahead might be very tough. I hope you will be in peace with yourself just before surgery. I once heard Dr J saying it is a life-changing surgery (in all senses) and she is right.
I'm at Helios now. All doctors and nurses I've talked to so far were very friendly and everything seems well-organized. I've also already talked to the physiotherapist who explained showed me all the breathing exercises I'll have to do.
I was hoping I could talk to Prof. Schaarschmidt just for a minute or so today before the surgery tomorrow morning. Unfortunately his flight to berlin is delayed and he's not even at the hospital yet. Once he arrives he'll have to talk to his outpatients who are waiting for hours already. So they told me he won't have time to talk to me today :-/
Schaarschmidt has a whole team with him. There are at least two surgeons for each patient. They prepare in advance, read your whole file, study the images. Try not to worry too much. Sometimes S visits his patients very late at night (11pm).
I managed to talk a few words with him between two outpatient consultations. he promised he'll visit me at the ward later tonight so I can ask him some questions. I'm was very relieved to hear that since there are two small issues I want to tell him before surgery that aren't in my file yet.