Farewell to old England, for ever?
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We are packed, the last of the washing is flying around in the dryer. The last 10 days have consisted of catching two tubes to Parsons Green to have Andrew's surgery packed and dressed. I went in with him on each visit as we explained that I would have to learn the proceedure as we would be travelling through Egypt, UAE, India and Hong Kong before we get home on the 28th September. We began to gather the sterile items I would need, packing, saline solution, dressing, plastic tweezers and gloves. Day three we saw a male nurse and again on day four. As he showed us through the door of the treatment room he said he was taking things easy that day and I would be doing the dressing! It is much harder than you think just keeping things sterile and something simple like putting on the final dressing ended up with my gloved hand wearing it.
We saw this nice guy one more time and all the others were different each day. I was able to get advice from slightly different perspectives and on a couple of occasions some squeezable vials of saline solution and 10 disposable plastic tweezers mysteriously appeared in my bag as we found them impossible to buy or order from all the ten or so chemists we tried. From day four I have dressed and packed the wound myself while being supervised and three of those days I have done it at home, alone! It was explained that the hole has to heal from the inside to the out or there is a real risk of infection being trapped in, plus a weak spot when healed.
During these last days we again took a double decker tour of London, this time in much better weather, plus there was a ticket included in the price for a boat trip on the Thames so we went to Greenwich the next day and spent a couple of hours having lunch and visiting the observatory and standing in two time zones.
Found time to meet up with Andrew's niece Tina for lunch at a pub on the edge of the Thames between Hammersmith and Stamford Brook. She had returned to the UK to look for some work to do while she still had a valid working visa and before she would go back to Australia to start a new Uni course.
We have had great hospitality during our stay and have met so many funny, lovely people.
Heathrow airport next, then Cairo at around midnight!