THEY'VE HAULED HELEN OFF TO PRE-OP, and I'm waiting in the Surgery Lounge, where at least they have (sort of) comfy chairs. She was surprisingly chipper this morning, and quite ready to have it over with. She sends thanks to all the people who emailed with words of support.
My earlier comments about hospitals and sleep deprivation led to quite a few posts by medical bloggers. You can read their observations here,here,here,here, and here. Interesting reading.