When we arrived we were met by Ray Trevitt, who took us to his office. We had an informal chat with Ray about the upcoming operations, and he gave us some paperwork containing what to do/ expect before, during and after the operations.
We were also asked to give MRSA swabs to make sure we don't carry the disease. One from the nose, another from the back of the throat, and finally as Ray put it: "Any dark crevice between your legs". Say no more.
After our meeting with Ray we had our blood taken. Strangely enough I'm getting used to it, as long as I look the other way that is! But the nurse was so good that I hardly felt a thing. Poor Pieter was a little shaky before he even arrived, as the last dialysis he had was on Friday, so to give so much blood really takes its toll on him. But with Pieter being Pieter, he shook it off and carried on. What an amazing person. It just makes every other problem I have that I think is big seem insignificant.
Ray then took us for a tour through the Ward where we will be staying in a fortnight. It was all new, modern and clean, with wide corridors and large rooms. For the past two weeks I've been very tense and anxious over the operation, largely due to the fear of the unknown. But after seeing this I feel much more at ease. Especially seeing how friendly the staff are and how well patients were treated.