Not me of course although I am just about back. Under strict orders to ‘take it easy’, not to drive, and not test out my heart on the hills for 2 to 3 days. Wait for a warm sunny day. I started the day with a 13 tablet cocktail and promptly forgot the lunch time one. Another banquet this evening. They tail off over 3 weeks.
I would need a day to reply properly to all your comments so forgive me if I proffer a communal thank you. They really did give me a lift when I needed support. Mrs. Ha played a blinder and stayed one of the two nights in the room. It was very disturbed after the op as they harrass you every 15 minutes to check BP, pulse (yes), ability to sip water and all the time I was connected to a telemetry device that was remotely monitored. I caused a minor panic on the day after the op. I was told I could walk around so I wandered off to the canteen. “Why is that thing bleeping?” asked Mrs. Ha. No idea, I said. Maybe the battery is low. Well no, I had wandered out of range of the monitor and they thought I was dead. Ah well, life is full of disappointments.
In truth everything went smoothly. The B team was up first and their
victim patient took 6.5 hours. So I was very late going down. But the A team was on top form and I was whizzed through in 4 hours and my report card said “excellent” and “uneventful” or something like that. Huge thanks to Kelvin and his team. For those interested the cost was a tick over £37,000 / $55,000 for 2 nights in hospital. Don’t fall ill in HK without insurance. Not if you want the A team.
This afternoon I decided it was warm and sunny so I went out to see if any birds were around the house. Almost immediately I spied a bulbul sitting in the sun. As I set up for it my chum the White-bellied Sea Eagle decided to do a fly-past and wing dip in honour of my recovery so there was a quick change in settings and the rattle of about 18 frames in 2 seconds. He even gave me a catchlight in his eye.The Large-billed Crow was less cooperative. He was flying away from me (or I was too slow) but hey, it is good to be back.His Latin name is Corvus macrorhyncos – Crow big nose – so pretty accurate. The light on the underside was good. They advertise their presence with a routine caw. It is not the deep call of a Raven or the higher pitched cackle of a Jackdaw. We get these and the White-collared Crow here. The latter are in 3s and 4s at most, usually a pair. The big-noses are much more common.
So there we are. Andrew’s Adventures in Wonderland are hopefully over for a while. Top class surgical team, top class equipment but a rather tired room. Next time I want better wallpaper for my (Allianz’s) money.
As the old joke goes: thank you for your warm support. I shall wear it every day. Boom boom.