From 6am tomorrow Pip needs to fast.
By 11am we need to be at the hospital.
By early afternoon he will have surgery.
Today we visited the surgeon and were once again reassured by his bedside manner. He tells us that in the past two years Pip’s body has recognised the metal bar in his chest as a foreign object and built a coccoon around it. Tomorrow he will open Pip on each side of his chest, cut through the coccoon, straighten the bar on each side and slide it straight out of his chest.
Pip will stay overnight in hospital, but his recovery should be quick and easy. He will just have an incision each side that needs to heal.
Pip’s only request?
Could he please have the bar afterwards. The doctor has promised to “clean it up a bit” before he brings it to him.
It has played a very big part in his life and he wants to keep it.
Perhaps we should have it mounted…