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24 minutes ago, nightwolf said:

Goodness, a lot has changed since last year. It's almost exactly a year too. In short, it is good news, though I'm scared.

- The NHS told me in February of this year the waiting list was currently "at least 18 months" before I'd be seen.
- I contacted a couple of private hospitals
- I got accepted into one of the best private hospitals in the current for the specialists I need.
- I picked a date. 

Tomorrow I start the pre-op, so the nasty drink, no eating, the whole nine yards. On Tuesday I'll be admitted to the hospital at 2pm and have my surgery in the evening. 

2 years, 10 months. I don't actually have the final number of how much this has cost me over the years, but at least £14,000. If any of you see this, please keep your fingers crossed for me Tuesday evening <3 I'm so thankful I am getting sorted. 

Glad you finally have a date. Hope all goes well!

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Thank you chaps! Writing this at 3am because my brain won't switch off. 

Surgery was a success! In the end I was wheeled in at six pm and came out at ten thirty pm. So far longer than anticipated, but that was just to ensure everything was covered. 

Pain has been a bit higher than my last surgery, but the team here having been amazing. Money really does talk, so I'm glad I decided to go the private route. 

Now for six weeks recovery and I should have my life relatively back on track!

 

 

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The official Steam Deck Dock is available for order so Happenstance bought one.

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Those last few comments gave me a great laugh when viewed on a desktop!

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9 minutes ago, Happenstance said:

Fuck off

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:p 

1 minute ago, Glen-i said:

Those last few comments gave me a great laugh when viewed on a desktop!

That was the plan :D 

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@drahkon have you been watching the Grand Slam darts this week? It's been a bit good - absolutely incredible matches tonight, Barney was phenomenal!

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8 minutes ago, killthenet said:

@drahkon have you been watching the Grand Slam darts this week? It's been a bit good - absolutely incredible matches tonight, Barney was phenomenal!

I have. :D 
High quality matches. Got me even more excited for the World Championship in 4 weeks :peace: 

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Qualified as a personal trainer yesterday. 

It's nice to have started the year feeling like I needed to make a change and ending it having done so, even if it's not quite the change I expected. 

I don't think that's going to be my future until retirement or anything, but after years in front of a computer it'll be nice to step away from that. 

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Finally rebooked my travels recently.

I was supposed to go on a year-long trip which started March 1st 2020 and ended 17 days later (no prizes for guessing why). However this time hasn't been smooth sailing either as on Jan 1st I booked a flight to NY then a flight to Hawaii, with the goal being to then book one to Sydney. However, the following day I found out because I went to Cuba in 2017 I can't get an ESTA so that money was down the drain (thanks Trump!)

Ended up going to a travel operator who booked all my flights to make my life easier so I'm going to be doing:

  • Australia for about 3 weeks
  • Japan for about 3 weeks
  • Mexico City for 3 nights
  • Costa Rica for 5 nights
  • Ecuador/Galapagos for just over a week
  • Argentina for 2 weeks
  • Madrid for 3 nights

Subsequently sorted out accommodation for Mexico City, Costa Rica while Ecuador/Galapagos was handled by them based around the Galapagos tour and I'm just now figuring out the rest but the other places should be easier; I know someone in Sydney, I've been to Japan and familiar with its geography and I went to Argentina last time so I'm familiar with those.

It all kicks off a week Monday and I need to leave my flat next Sunday (and get myself to London for the flight) so it's been a busy few weeks doing all sorts to get ready but in two weeks time I will be in the warmth, which given this morning I woke up to snow will be very welcome!

Just under 3 months rather than a year this time because I'm in a different place in my life but looking forward to finally doing it. The last 3 years have felt like a holding pattern.

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On 18/01/2023 at 2:07 PM, Ashley said:

I was supposed to go on a year-long trip which started March 1st 2020 and ended 17 days later (no prizes for guessing why).

The best-laid schemes of mice and men often go askew when met with St. Patrick's Day. Irresistible force, immovable object.

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On 18/01/2023 at 3:07 PM, Ashley said:

Finally rebooked my travels recently.I was supposed to go on a year-long trip which started March 1st 2020 and ended 17 days later (no prizes for guessing why).

Not even a little prize? Was it Covid?

On 18/01/2023 at 3:07 PM, Ashley said:

However, the following day I found out because I went to Cuba in 2017 I can't get an ESTA so that money was down the drain (thanks Trump!)

Did you try to get one? I'm sure you can get one with some effort. If I remember correctly I've read a story about a guy who was of Iranian descent who had trouble going to the US, but managed to do it eventually. If he can do it, you can as well.

Anyway, have fun, I'm a little jealous.

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I can get an ESTA as it's just an online form. If I would be able to use that at the border was a different question (and seems to be based on whoever you deal with). 

I could apply for a visa but waiting times for embassy interviews are long. Saw somewhere it's about 9-12 months but not been able to validate that. 

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