Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Here is the photo of me on surgery day, waiting in the hospital. I was pretty hungry by this stage, because I hadn’t eaten since breakfast, it had been a busy day, and I didn’t go into theatre until around 4:30 (about half an hour after this photo was taken). I think I’m looking quite cheerful, all things considered, although the hospital gown and compression stockings are not quite the fashion statement I would want to make.

I can remember a little about going into surgery, have some vague memories of being in recovery afterwards, and then, when I came back down to my ward,  I think I was making intelligible conversation but my sister Catherine and the nursing staff noticed my blood pressure dropping, and so I had a rather unexpected return to theatre around 10:30pm to seal off a sneaky leaky blood vessel. I finally returned to the ward sometime around 1am. I then had another two nights in hospital as I continued to recover without any further dramas (and very little pain).

The last time I stayed overnight in hospital was when I was 17 after knee surgery. It will be a good thing if I have to wait as long again for the next visit.

During my time in hospital, I have to admit I was continuing to wonder what all this was going to mean for what I would be able to do and when. I knew I wouldn’t be able to drive for at least a week, and one of my big questions was “Will I be able to make it the annual Scout regatta?” … which was starting exactly a week after my surgery date.

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