Long time no see
You will not have seen any activity from me for a long time.
The reason: Back in February (2019) I had what's called an Aortic Dissection. I'm now 69 by the way as of June.
I needed over 12 hours of surgery to survive. The death rate for this affliction is over 90%, so I'm fantastically lucky to be alive. Further, some survivors end up with permanent brain impairment, meaning they probably need 24-hour care. Clearly, and much to my delight, I did not suffer in that way. The 6-day induced coma gave the stitches and bioglue time to work. I was in the main hospital and rehab hospital for a total of 6 1/2 weeks.
To explain a little bit more: During the surgery they had to stop operating 3 times and send my more-or-less lifeless body back to ICU (Intensive Care Unit), to stabilise it, just so they could continue operating! I was on bypass (machine pumping blood when the heart is off-line) for over 7 hours. The anaesthetic generates hallucinations, which I've documented in an essay (not finished so no published). I was given so much anaesthetic I was told to not drive for 6 months (sic).
Now, a recent scan showed that the aorta's repair is not complete, meaning almost certainly I need keyhole surgery to finalise the job. There is a risk with any surgery, and with my case that includes the chance of being left paraplegic. But, I am determined to have said surgery to fix the extreme tiredness I so often feel. And I'll be telling the surgeons to never wake me if my spine is damaged. I've already signed a Non-Resuscitation Declaration.
This is all in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. And here we have 2 health systems, called Public and Private. The latter is for the more wealthy. I was treated for free in the Public system, which in itself astonishing compared to what we hear for, say, America. My taxes at work! And the general opinion here is that you get better treatment in the Public system anyway.
More later (hopefully)...