"You've got a difficult back", said the Anaethetist, sadly but kindly. I was perched on the edge of the operating table while he tried to get the needle in. Lots of pinching and squeezing and cold spraying later and it still hadn't gone in. "Sometimes another pair of eyes helps", he said going to get another Anaethetist. It did, and the nerve block went in.
I am back home. Came back Tuesday night. Shattered, like my knee. Will write more. Operation seems to have gone well, even though I was allowed no sedation at all. But the apres-op was as bad as I feared.