Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Birmingham Pre-Surgery

A year and three weeks passed before we returned for Russ' second surgery at the BMI Edgbaston Hospital in Birmingham, England. Birmingham is an industrial city with a diverse population. It's known for its large Indian and Pakistani population and they have lots of great curry restaurants. We didn't have any curry but we hear that it's good. 

After our long weekend in Belgium, we had a nice lunch at the Bullring shopping center area before taking the bus to Edgbaston, about three miles away in an affluent suburban neighborhood. 

All went smoothly with check in and we were happy to be assigned to the same room, #1, which is the Harborne Ward's largest. At least five nurses and two doctors visited the room to perform all the necessary pre-surgery checks. They were all polite, professional and friendly making is both feel comfortable. We remembered the routine and several of the staff from last year.

Meanwhile, I checked in at the nearby Lucas House at the U. Of Birmingham just a 10 minute walk from the hospital. My room this year was nicer and located in the main building and I again enjoyed the hot breakfasts. 

the Bullring Shopping Centre 
Selfridges's iconic department store 
Admission into the BMI Egbaston Hospital
Russ received his old room, Bedroom #1
Dr. Joseph reviewing the surgery with Russ, and to mark his left leg with a pen.
My hotel room at the Lucas House at the University of Birmingham, just 10 minutes away.
An English breakfast at my hotel.
Just before surgery

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