I will have an operation in the not too distant future. I will spare you the details. It isn't major or for anything life-threatening and that's all you need to know.
I have been given a form to fill in as a pre-assessment. It has questions I would expect such as
- Are you generally in good health?
- Heart disease of any sort?
- Bruising or bleeding problems?
But also odd ones, such as
- How many pillows do I use at night?
- How many flights of stairs can you climb before stopping to rest?
- Do you get short of breath when resting or when active?
The answer I would like to give for all three of those is "it depends". It depends on how thick and firm the pillows are, how tall and steep the stairs, and how active is active. Some people obviously have a problem if they are puffed walking to the kitchen but even the fittest people are panting if they've just run a marathon.
Bloody daft questionnaire.
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