I’ve had such a phenomenal past couple of weeks, I haven’t had time to think about what I have ahead of me a week from Monday.
First of all, we launched the latest 30% Club campaign ‘The Missing Millions’ at the London Stock Exchange last Friday morning. Although it was my third time opening the market, it was still very exciting. In fact, I was told that it was one of the biggest and best market opens at the stock exchange. We had a fantastic group of global CEOs as well as the Chair of the Stock Exchange for our opening panel followed by a brilliant panel moderated by my dear friend Christiane and a standing room only theatre of wonderful supporters. It was the culmination of a year’s work from our very dynamic workgroup and the start of what we hope will be a movement of companies coming forward with examples putting a gender lens across everything they do – from product and service design to marketing and advertising, supply chain and strategy. It was magical.
On top of that, I’ve had many lovely dinners and drinks evenings arranged by various groups of friends – all of which were great fun and have forced me to spend time catching up with people and counting my blessings for so many wonderful friendships.
And then last Sunday evening India and I joined my friend Emma and her daughter Alice to see Hillary and Chelsea in conversation with Mary Beard about their new book, ‘Gutsy Women’. It was a super evening and all three were inspiring. I was then pleased to be invited to see Hillary in conversation with my friend Julia Gillard on Wednesday at King’s College. I told Julia about Hillary’s presence in hospital with me almost 3 years ago (in the form of a life-sized cutout, courtesy of Gabrielle), and I asked if she could introduce me to her – and she did. I have to say that it was a real highlight for me. Hillary was warm and engaging and she had incredible presence. I had to stop myself crying (which I find myself having to do a lot lately).
Roll forward to yesterday (Friday) when Trend and I found ourselves back in Basingstoke for my pre-op stuff – blood tests, heart rate, meet the anaesthestist, etc. The nurse who took my blood, Naomi, remembered me from the first time around and asked if I would be bringing Hillary back this time which helped lighten the mood. Otherwise, it was all a bit real. A week from tomorrow we check-in and then on Monday morning I’m off to be sedated at about 7:30am. I was reminded that even though there are fewer organs to come out this time, the fact that it’s my second op means that it will be more complicated and it will be very similar to the first in terms of recovery. I’m hopeful that they’ll open me up and find it isn’t quite as bad as they expect.
Trend will pick up the blog post for a while and will report on things when I’m out of surgery on Monday evening. I expect to be in Intensive Care for at least 4 nights, and then back on the Lyde Ward as before for another two weeks. But we won’t really know much until after the op. I’m getting to the point now where I just want to get it over with and get started on the recovery.