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Peter's next eye operation.

View at Sunset.

View at Sunset.

The COVID numbers put us off going back to the hospital with Peter for a while, but we finally decided he should have his left eye operated on. This eye is very badly damaged with glaucoma, so we were told the operation may not make a lot of difference. We decided any improvement at all, even slight, was probably worth it.

On the night before his operation, we decided to go out for dinner. We wanted to go to the Bounty Bar, which at one time was our local, but which has been closed for months, as all bars were shut down here due to COVID. They have recently been allowed to reopen. To our disappointment this one hadn't reopened, not sure if it will. Lots of businesses went under due to all the restrictions.

We decided we would go to Cali-Mex instead. Restaurants have recently gone back to normal working hours, so it felt wonderful being able to stay there past the witching hour of 6pm. Service and food are hit and miss in this restaurant. Actually this time we got excellent, very friendly service. Peter had fish sliders which he really liked. I had chicken enchiladas which was reasonably good, though not great. We drank Blue Girl beer, which was excellent and isn't that easy to find on draught here.

Peter with his fish sliders.

Peter with his fish sliders.

My chicken enchiladas.

My chicken enchiladas.

Next day we headed to Hong Kong Sanitarium Hospital in Happy Valley. We were not as scared as we were for the first operation. For that one the doctors had spent so long emphasising everything that could go wrong due to the glaucoma that we were absolutely terrified. Two doctors had refused entirely to carry out the operation saying the risks were too great. We had the same surgeon as last time, and she is wonderful, so we were perfectly happy.

Waiting.

Waiting.

Fortunately, the surgery went smoothly. Peter also woke up compos mentis this time. Last time he told the anaesthetist his name was Fred and denied ever having met me. We've been married for thirty-four years. He also shouted at the anaesthetist for having a bad bedside manner when he tried to wake him up last time. This time there seemed to be a general agreement just to let him sleep and he woke up normally.

It's a long journey home from the hospital, plus we knew we would have to go back there the next day, so we booked a night in the Regal Hong Kong Hotel in Causeway Bay instead of going home. The attraction was the hotel's proximity to the hospital, plus it offered a late check out till 4pm on the deal we booked. When we checked in, they tried to fob us off with a twelve o'clock check out, so we got really angry. Just what you need after surgery - a good fight!!! They readily agreed to changing our checkout till 2pm, but we weren't having that. We had no idea how long we'd have to wait in the hospital for all of Peter's checks, so with a two o'clock check out we'd probably have to actually check out before we left for the hospital to be on the safe side. Eventually we reached a stage where I was telling the receptionist I would never stay there again and she was telling me next time I must not ask for a late check out. Somehow it all got resolved and we won. We had a room till four p.m.

Last time we stayed in this hotel our room was all glass and had fantastic views. This time it was a bit darker and only had windows on one side. This was better for Peter's eyes anyway as bright light hurt them. It was a lovely room nonetheless, with a bed much bigger and much more comfortable than the one we have at home. We both slept really well.

Our room.

Our room.

View by day from room.

View by day from room.

View by day from room.

View by day from room.

View by day from corridor.

View by day from corridor.

View at Sunset.

View at Sunset.

Night time view.

Night time view.

Night time view.

Night time view.

Our deal included access to the club class lounge. Last time that was on the thirty-first floor with great views, snacks and alcohol you helped yourself to. This time there were renovations going on, so it had been moved to the ground floor and there was no alcohol in sight. At the risk of getting a reputation as the grumpiest guest ever, I went to complain. We were brought alcohol, so I feel I was on a winning streak. The food on offer was little tuna sandwiches, small hot beef pies and some cream cakes. It was all very nice.

Relaxing in the lounge.

Relaxing in the lounge.

Relaxing in the lounge.

Relaxing in the lounge.

Relaxing in the lounge.

Relaxing in the lounge.

Peter was too tired to go out for dinner so I went out and bought us ham and mustard sandwiches from Mark's and Spencers Food. We ate these in our room before getting an early night.

Next day the breakfast location was also different from last time. Most people seemed to come in and pour themselves a coffee, plus load up a paper bag with croissant and pastries to take away. Our deal included a hot cooked breakfast. I was tempted a bit by the idea of congee which I like, but in the end, decided it was so long since I'd had a full English breakfast I would have that. Of course, Peter had that, too, without congee ever passing through his mind.

Breakfast room.

Breakfast room.

Sporting his fetching eye shield.

Sporting his fetching eye shield.

Looking very serious with my breakfast.

Looking very serious with my breakfast.

After breakfast we had to jump in a taxi to the hospital. We were slightly late as it took us so long to find a taxi. It wasn't that there were no taxis, just nowhere for them to stop. Eventually we found a taxi rank near the MTR. We hardly ever use taxis so we are both totally rubbish at ever finding them. Everything seemed to be fine with Peter's eye and the pressure was nowhere near as high as last time.

One of the things I like about this hospital are its views over Happy Valley Race Course. There are lots of sports facilities in the middle of the grounds. There was a football match going on when we were there.

Looking over Happy Valley.

Looking over Happy Valley.

Looking over Happy Valley.

Looking over Happy Valley.

Looking over Happy Valley.

Looking over Happy Valley.

After the hospital we returned to the hotel and just took it easy till check out time. We were going to go home by MTR but a taxi pulled up outside the hotel as we were leaving, so we jumped in and took it to the ferry. This meant there was considerably less chance of Peter getting bumped or walked into on the way home.

The amazing thing about this hotel stay is that we both felt we had been away for ages. I was expecting to return to a big build up of mail. I think this is because we never ever go away anywhere at the moment. It really felt like we had had a substantial holiday.

Since then I've been on full-time nursing duties. The most exciting thing I've done recently was walk to the shops. On the way I passed some fantastic trees and beautiful birds. Unfortunately, I just had my phone not my camera. My camera has a good zoom, but my phone doesn't.

Flame tree.

Flame tree.

Flame tree against blue skies.

Flame tree against blue skies.

Flame tree against blue skies.

Flame tree against blue skies.

Flame tree against blue skies.

Flame tree against blue skies.

Flame tree against blue skies.

Flame tree against blue skies.

Bird of paradise flowers.

Bird of paradise flowers.

I think these are herons.

I think these are herons.

I think these are herons.

I think these are herons.

Since then it has rained torrentially every day. We cancelled going out to dinner yesterday due to the weather. Today I have to go to the shops for food but it has been thunder and lightning for the last five hours. The rain is non-stop. I don't mind the rain but I'm not going out in that lightning. The storm is making all the windows in our flat shake. It doesn't seem to be passing. Oh well, looks like I'm having a day in.

Now that it has finally stopped raining, I went back and photographed the flame tree with my camera. There were no herons around, but there were plenty of turtles.

Flame Tree Flowers.

Flame Tree Flowers.

Flame Tree Flowers.

Flame Tree Flowers.

Flame Tree Flowers.

Flame Tree Flowers.

Flame Tree Flowers.

Flame Tree Flowers.

Turtles.

Turtles.

Turtles.

Turtles.

Passing Boats.

Passing Boats.

Posted by irenevt 05:21 Archived in Hong Kong

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All the best Peter,

by alectrevor

Good that Peters surgery went well! It is scary to have your eyes "under the knive"!

by hennaonthetrek

Thank you Alec and Henna. Hoping it might make some difference to his vision when it all settles down.

by irenevt

I wish Peter a speedy recovery! Thanks for your great story and for sharing the amazing views...

by Vic_IV

Thank you for visiting and for the good wishes, Victor.

by irenevt

So glad Peter got the other eye taken care of. I hope he heals quickly. It took me nearly a year before I got used to my "new" eyes.

Your flame trees are spectacular. It's one of my favorite trees and we don't have them here.

by Beausoleil

Hope Peter recovers quickly. Great that you got the same doctor. Glad you’ve not lost any of your feistiness and well done keeping the hotel to their word!

by Catherine

Hi Sally, he was starting to see better with his right eye before he had the left done. This eye is quite badly damaged but we are hoping it will help a little. Any improvement helps his quality of life.

by irenevt

Hi Catherine, yes we like that doctor. She is very caring. The hotel booking would have been pretty pointless without the late check out. It really was the main reason we booked there, so worth fighting for.

by irenevt

Glad the surgery went smoothly, but what a shame about the hotel receptionist's attitude! Still, she met her match in you :)

by ToonSarah

Just looking forward to the day when Peter's wounds are healed enough for him to go swimming.

by irenevt

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