Yesterday was my birthday and I got the best present ever.
My mum has been struggling with her dodgy old hips and has been on the waiting list to get them replaced via the New Zealand Health service. Yesterday after months of waiting they finally said she had done enough and admitted her to a private hospital to get the first one replaced.
Because she is a tough old bird they did it with keyhole surgery without a general anaesthetic. All mum had was an epidural which made her completely numb from the waist down. The last time my mum has an epidural was um lets see almost exactly 37 years ago when I was born :)
I spoke to her this morning and she is s in great spirits although that might be the morphine wearing off.