Thursday, June 18, 2009
Close to Nowhere
We are home from the hospital! I realize that “Pop” is the one who had heart surgery, but I truly believe I’m tireder than he is!
All he had to do was lie in the bed and get his ribs cracked open and have his heart laid out on a table (well, maybe not actually on a table, but they do take it out) while the excellent, excellent cardiovascular surgeon repaired all the arteries and veins he could find.
When the surgeon, Dr. Gwin Robbins of Sutherland Clinic in Germantown, Tenn., came back to the ICU waiting room to talk to me and Jane, he made a comment about Pop’s old arteries, stents and bypasses -- saying they looked like they had been Krazy Glued together.
I had an insane desire to just start cackling hysterically -- little does Dr. Robbins know that Krazy Glue is Pop’s favorite way to repair the many cuts and injuries he sustains. If Pop could have reached his “old” arteries, he would surely have glued them somehow!
The normally five-hour surgery to repair a “cabbage,” took nearly 11 hours. My friend Jane sat in the freezing cold ICU waiting room with me the entire time. I might have gone completely insane without her! But then again, neither she nor I are completely sane to begin with...
Pop is laughing at the girls’ reaction to his stitches. He has stitches down his arm where they “harvested” a vein and stitches down one leg, where they “harvested” another vein to make the grafts and bypasses.
And, of course, there is the long incision down his chest and all the various holes left over from all the various drains and tubes, etc.
He keeps telling the girls that he’s “Frankenstein.” After they visited in the stepdown unit room with him while an IV pole dripped blood into one of those tubes, they don’t think it’s quite as funny as he does.
• Friday night we drove home from St. Francis and saw the immediate aftermath of the storm.
We watched the storm from our vantage point window at St. Francis until the nurse came in and asked the girls to get out of the window seat and lower the shades, as “high winds” were reported in the area.
Our power was out all night and most of Saturday.
Many kudos to all the HSUD folks who work in horrible conditions to make sure we have air conditioning!
The folks on Hwy. 310 really, really appreciate you!
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