Sunday, 21 February 2010

DAY-1 :Belgium the beginning of the journey!

Hi guys,

Good news I have an internet connection so I will be able to keep you updated on my trip to Belgium. I will try to take as many pictures as I can.

We left the house at 1.30 am to go to the Bus Station to take the 2am bus to Dublin Airport

We had snow during the whole trip, but we arrived at the airport at 4.15 am. We checked in and got a bite to eat before going through security.

I slept during the whole flight. We landed 20 mins early because the wind was pushing the plane.

We arrived in Brussels at 9.15 (local time) and met with Ignace our taxi driver. Ignace works with my surgeon to pick up patients from the airport and is in charge of all the transfers between the hospital, the hotel and the airport. He told me there would be 2 other girls with me there that are flying from England but they would arrive later. The Hotel is brand new it is very modern. the room is not massive but it's enough for us.

I had told you I would show you a picture of the presents my friend Yuna brought me on friday night and here they are! she lent me her lucky bunny (the little blue one) she carries it to all her exams, etc... and she always succeeded so I can have him with me. And she brought me some supplies to knit a scarf. I have already started it. The brown rabbit is my new one, his name is Valentin. He will be there when my fiance has to go back to the hotel tomorrow night and I have to stay in the hospital.

I finally had some sleep, then had a shower and Chris the patient care manager came over to bring me an information pack and answer all the questions I had. He also gave me a questionnaire to fill in for the anesthesiologist. And then he told me I was allowed to have a last big dinner. The only place around is McDonalds and here is what my last dinner before the band was... not very healthy but I enjoyed every bite of it and it was allowed so I don't feel bad about it.

This time this is it! in 8 hours I will be in the hospital. I don't know yet the time of the actual operation as there is several of us but I hope to have it as early as possible. I will let you know on tuesday how it went.


  1. I'm so excited for you. Can't wait to hear about your experience.

  2. Can wait to here how it all goes. Just remember to take the pain medication. It helps get through the first couple of days.

    Good luck!!! See you on the other side.

  3. I am so happy for you.. Will be thinking about you tomorrow..

  4. HEY! I am typing on a mexican keyboard at the Marriot in Tijuana , Mexico! It is a ncie place, I forgot my camera so won't have many pictures... GOOD LUCK!!! We are almost there!!

  5. Good luck, will be thinking of you.

  6. So fun to be traveling with the pics! Good luck and keep us posted! YAY, you're almost a Bander!!! -BG

  7. So glad to hear that you made it to Brussels with no problems! Can't wait to hear how it went.

    I will be thinking of you tomorrow!!! Well, actually tonight since you are so far ahead of us in time and I won't go to bed until around 3 am my time, PST (West Coast USA).

    Can't wait to welcome you to the Club.

  8. best wishes to you tomorrow!! So excited for you!!

  9. It all looks glad you are there and you are probably banded by now. Hope you are ok and welcome to the other side

  10. WHAT?!? you get to eat that?! Holy cow, I could go for one of those right now. I haven't chewed anything other than Jello for 10 days.
    The absolute best of luck to you - I'll be thinking of you and Janelle tomorrow! XO

  11. Good luck - you have brought flashbacks of my husband taking me to the hospital before my surgery - I haven't thought of it in such a long time

    Hope everything goes smoothly and that your recovery is quick :-)

  12. Hoping everything went well and you are back blogging soon. Can't wait to hear.