After Girl Bandit's comment from last post, I realised I never explained before why I am going to Belgium and not staying in the UK for my surgery.
The Health system has some difference in Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK. Living here there was no way for me to get the operation paid for. I am lucky enough to have my parents paying for it as a present. So I am doing it with a private clinic.
They have several clinics in the UK and Belgium and gave me the choice. The operation is not done in Northern Ireland so I had the choice to travel either to England or Belgium.
The hospital costs in Belgium are a lot lower than in the UK and the operation has been done there for a lot longer. The surgeon I chose was the most experimented and he speaks french too. I don't know which language I will be speaking when I wake up from the anesthetics as English is not my first language. So having the same first language as him is quite handy.
The package I had with the operation includes a 3 years aftercare program which is done here in Belfast. I am actually meeting my bariatric nurse tomorrow face to face for my pre op check up. I am going to have a bunch of tests done and she sends of everything to the surgeon in Belgium to have for the operation.
Here is my program this week end:
8am - 4pm : work
2am : Taking the bus to Dublin Airport ( 2.5 hour trip)
6am: flight departure
9.30 am: arrival in Brussels
Taxi transfer to our hotel
6pm : meeting with my surgeon's patient care manager
6.30 am: Taxi to the hospital
Night in the hospital
10 am: taxi back to the hotel
the nurse is visiting me to change my dressings
6pm: taxi transfer to the airport
9.15pm: flight back to Dublin
Bus back to belfast
I think it is going to be quite tiring but it will be well worth it. I wish you all a good evening and will let you know how my appointment went.