7:31 p.m. – I just walked in the house after a long day at the hospital! I figured the first thing I needed to do when I got home was let everyone know how today went.
Well… we got up at 4 a.m. No… change that! I got up at 4 a.m. and Patty rolled out of bed around 4:25. OK… that’s more accurate! We were out the door about 4:50 a.m. and at the hospital around 5:20. Patty checked-in and they took us back into the prep room shortly thereafter. The last few of days I could see Patty was experiencing some anxiety over the surgery. As I think I said in yesterdays post… “I don’t blame her”. This is pretty major surgery! Last night she was getting a little weepy over not being able to care for Avery for the next 8 weeks as well as being pretty limited with what she’ll be able to physically do. Bottom line, she was just frightened. But this morning, she was completely different. She was a little tentative, but she was ready to take this next step head on! She had a great attitude and was laughing and smiling.
The staff at Scripps Green was amazing and really kept Patty at ease. We met with the surgery nurse and the anesthesiologist around 6:30 and were pretty much ready to go for the 7:00 a.m. surgery. The only person missing was the reconstruction surgeon! Waiting is always hard in these circumstances. You know how that goes… you’re there and just want to get this over-with! 7 a.m. rolled around and no surgeon… 7:20… no surgeon. Now I think the waiting was getting to Patty as she told me that she was starting to get a little scared. 7:30… no surgeon. Finally around 7:40 a.m. the surgeon waltzed in. Thank God! I could see the tension leave Patty’s body when she walked in. The surgeon marked Patty up with a purple marker to indicate to her where she’d be making the incisions for the procedure. She spoke with us for a few minutes and said she was ready to go and she’d find me in the waiting room when she was done. She said the procedure will take around 4 1/2 to 6 hours. Phew… I knew it’d be a long morning. She left and within a minute another nurse came in and walked off with Patty.
I went over to the cafeteria and got breakfast. I looked at my watch and saw it was only 8 a.m. I thought “Oh man… Patty won’t be out until probably 1 or 2 o’clock. So I had breakfast, read the paper, read a few chapters in a book I’m reading, watched people come in and out of the waiting room (by the way, waiting rooms are a great place to people watch!) and watched a little TV. I noticed it was around noon and I was now reading some pamphlet on hospital services (as I’ve now read everything else) when the surgeon came in. I glanced up and was surprised to see her. I said: “Are you already done?” She replied that she was and continued by saying that everything went great! She had a big smile on her face and said it was a perfect surgery… no issues, no problems, no nothing! Everything went as planned. In fact she said: “I think this is one of the best one’s I’ve ever done!” She said Patty did great and was awake in the recovery room! Wow! Not even four hours! That was awesome! I wasn’t able to see Patty in the recovery room, but that was ok. I met up with her once she was transferred to her room about an hour later.
I have to say, Patty looks great! So far she’s experiencing little pain. She not drugged up other than taking a Vicodin every few hours. She is doing so well! I’m so proud of her! She’s a stud! Hopefully she’ll be doing just as well, or better, tomorrow.
Patty has to stay in the hospital until at least Monday. Quite honestly, she’s was ready to come home tonight! But, we have to do what the doctor tells her to do.
I could tell Patty was feeling pretty good this evening when she asked: “Are you going to make a dump run this weekend?”