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Fife: 3 – 9 January

No noticeable progress this week; your regular blogging service will resume next Monday.

As hoped and expected, Himself had the septoplasty operation last Wednesday and recovery is slow but going to plan – he’s effectively confined to bed with what he describes as a combination of a hangover, jet-lag and a migraine, and is planning a self-help book called “how to lose weight on a diet of blood and mucus” which should be a best-seller. Oh, and if anyone has the secret if time travel, he would like to know so he can go back in time and tell himself not to have the blasted operation in the first place.

I can’t imagine what it’s like to have your nose rearranged from the inside.  It’s certainly taken the fizz out of the gin, and no mistake.  Apart from short bursts of activity to sit over a steaming bowl to cleanse nasal passages, the rest of the time is spent prone on the bed.  Perhaps waiting for death, I haven’t asked.  There are occasionally brief episodes of lucidity, when the congestion clears.  Then the traffic jams up again, and clarity goes on holiday.  At night, sleep is only possible flat on his back, propped up, sporting a rather fetching white gauze pad – think reverse polar bear, but cuter.

Anaesthetically speaking, the op was a far greater success than the cataract ops – there was no post-op nausea or side-effects.  Aesthetically speaking, you’d never know he’d had an op.  The surgery was all where the likes of you and I can’t see it, in the dark dripping regions of the sinuses.  There’s even a splint up there, to keep everything on the straight and narrow.  That comes out Friday. Apparently the splint can be up to 4 in. long, but it’s a preferable alternative to yards of gauze packing . . . But progress has been steady; each day the breathing is slightly easier, the congestion slightly less, the oozing lighter . . .

So, hopefully, Gordon will be back next week, and thanks for all your get well wishes.


8 comments to Fife: 3 – 9 January

  • Karin Ammende

    Thank you so much for these wonderful website! Regards from Berlin, Germany, Karin

  • Leigh


  • Lynne

    Thanks for the update, Margaret. Thoughts of you, too, as I’ve been on your end of the same procedure with MY husband – and that gender does not do well with ‘episodes under the knife’!

  • =Tamar

    Thank you for the report. Even when it all goes well, my friend-of-a-friend says nose ops are something unprintable. Here’s hoping it does what it was intended to do!

  • Annalies

    Best wishes (to or for?)Gordon and you have made your own weblog Margaret!!!
    Greetings, Annalies

  • Dave

    A speedy recovery to you, Sir!

  • Shelley

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Gordon. I stumbled onto your blog today and have spent the last 3 hours lost in your patterns and prose. Such beautiful knitting, and such wit. I’m putting down my Aran work and getting onto that Gansey pronto! Cheers, Shelley in the Watauga Mtns. of N. Carolina

  • Gordon

    Dear Karin, Leigh, Lynne, Tamar, Annalies, Dave and Shelley – many thanks!

    Lynne – I don’t know what you mean – I am, as ever, a courteous and charming patient…

    Tamar – I wasn’t prepared for just how much this would affect me – like being hit by a truck – but as you say, here’s hoping it works. If it doesn’t I tell you this much, I’m not going back!

    Shelley – thanks for your kind message, I’m glad you enjoyed reading the website. But Arans are great too!

    Cheers all,