Eddie’s day today started with packing a bag with all the essentials (although he always has a bag packed for hospital in case of an emergency!) and getting up at 5:50am. Once he was all packed and his owner (Ruth) was ready too, we all got in the car with Oli ready to go to Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot. Eddie drove some of the way, Oli drove the rest of the way.
He got here at 7:45am and once he had signed his consent form he helped Ruth put her theatre gown on, and they were off to theatre at 9:00.
In theatre there was my consultant, my anaesthetist and a number of junior doctors and staff. It took 8 attempts to get a line into Ruth with three different anaesthetists trying (which in turn only lasted a few hours until it tissued).
Eddie held Ruth’s hand as he saw the big bag valve mask come towards Ruth; she squeezed him really tight and he held onto her and would never let go. She then loosened her grip but he still held onto her and next thing he knew, they were waking up in recovery. Her pain was high and her SATs were low, but her nurse, Sasha, looked after her one to one and her anaesthetist from theatre came and gave her an injection of pain relief whilst Sasha helped her breathe and increased her Oxygen support.
After an hour or two, Eddie and Ruth came back to the ward where her mum and her boyfriend were waiting. Eddie could hear her mum and Oli telling different stories about Ruth and chuckled to himself, but still cuddled her as she started to wake up.
They spent the afternoon resting, talking and just breathing. As Ruth would say; “today was a day we had to just keep swimming”.