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21.08.2002Wednesday 21 August

I received and opened all the stuff from Townsville hospital regarding my surgery today. I’m in mild shock now. After everyone saying it’s not so bad, they manage to make it sound very severe. It’s classified as under cardiac surgery, cardio-thoracic to be specific, which sounds bad just to start with. I need to have a full blood test and x-rays and general check up a week prior, to not smoke or take certain drugs for 6 weeks prior (nice of them to tell me with only 2 weeks to go, fortunately I don’t smoke), then see the physicians 3 days prior to the surgery, then expect to stay in hospital for a week after the operation. Then I have to see the physicians for a check up a week after, enter rehabilitation, another check up at 6 weeks...
I shall go to town tomorrow and sign the “I understand there are risks, people die, I may die, please go ahead” form, and also see if I can get travel assistance.
Now I am worried. All the forms and letters they sent make it sound worse than open-heart surgery. It could be for all I know.

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