I still can't believe that I was back home from hospital yesterday, after having had angioplasty of the leg on Tuesday afternoon! What's even more incredible is that two days later I feel great and my leg is hardly painful after the procedure. There's a bruise where the catheter was placed but my doctors say this will go away in a few days.
I was admitted to Aretaeion Hospital, Nicosia on Tuesday morning at 9:00 am. My doctors met Alkis and me at the reception area and led us to the 2nd floor where I had to fill in some papers. This only took a few minutes and soon afterwards I was shown to a lovely room which looked more like a hotel room than a hospital room! My doctors said the angioplasty was scheduled for 3:00 pm but they wanted to run some blood tests before the procedure. The bad news was that I wasn't allowed to drink or eat anything in between just in case something went wrong and would have to take full anaesthesia. However, they did allow me to have an espresso and a very small glass of water at the cafeteria of the hospital.
At 3:00 pm , I was taken to the operating theatre...starving to death and feeling as thirsty as never before despite the normal saline solution. The procedure took less than an hour and was 100% successful. It was completely painless and I couid even chat to the doctors! I wasn't scared at all and followed instructions obediently, such as "breathe in, breathe out, hold your breath, don't move, it's important!!!" I could even see what was happening on the computer monitor!
For the next four hours I wasn't allowed to bend my leg or my neck, but I did manage to drink water (at last!) and some coffee. I was only given a light soup for dinner, no bread! But, I was amply rewarded in the morning with a huge breakfast which I devoured in no time! Two large slices of toast, butter and jam, ham, and cheeses, tea or coffee! I never thought hospital food can be so tasty!
I would like to thank my doctors from the bottom of my heart for the excellent job they did. Before leaving the hospital yesterday, they had to run some more tests which showed that blood flow was excellent so I don't have to take any further medication. They said I should spend time resting my leg this week but as from Monday I can go back to my normal activities without any problem! And I can go back to my favourite gym class in early September!
Last but not least, my heart goes out to all the nursing staff of Areteion Hospital who proved to be so caring, so loving, so professional and so efficient and who were always there promptly when I needed them!