Good luck with the surgery and hope your recovery is as smooth and quick as possible.I thought I'd let you guys know, I'm going into Hospital on dec 6th for a fairly major operation, so I may be a bit quiet on here for a few weeks afterwards. I'm having a Gastric mini Bypass, as I have a condition called Gastroparesis. Basically my Diabetes has killed off a lot of the nerves and muscles in my digestive tract. Food backs up in my stomach for seven days instead of seven hours, and it's only the next thing I eat that pushes things through. I'll spare you the grisly details of other effects it has, suffice to say everywhere I go I know exactly where the Toilets are...
It's a three hour op. Not that I care, I'll be drugged up to the eyeballs for the duration. I'll be in hospital for two days afterwards whilst they check I haven't sprung any leaks, then six weeks at home on the most restricted diet imaginable. For the first two weeks I'll just be allowed half a glass of water a few times a day ad a multi vitamin pill. Or something like that,, my mind keeps blocking out the details. Then I progress to pureed food for a couple of weeks and almost real food after that. It'll be a quiet Christmas in this household, I'll tell you now!
Actually the diet starts two weeks before the op, on the 22nd. I have to stop eating real food and switch to Slimfast and similar drinks, in order to reduce my Liver's size before the op. They need room to work apparently...
Anyway here's some pics of me before Gastroparesis (2014), and more recent pics:View attachment 49803
Me and Steve Hackett of Genesis. We share a birthday. He's as mad as me!View attachment 49804 Me as the 4th Doctor. I often wore this on stage!View attachment 49805 Also the Doctor, minus hat coat and scarf;View attachment 49806 On stage with my band last year;View attachment 49807 Again with the band. Nobody points a camera at me unless I have a guitar these days!
Well, wish me luck, keep 'em crossed, whatever floats your boat. I do know the surgeon is apparently the best in Europe, he lives in Guernsey and only works one day a week in the UK! I am honoured. I'll be a round for a while yet but time flies when you don't want it to, so