Did I mention Karen is staying in the ICU tonight? We got home about 2PM, Karen got settled in her comfy chair, sipping on a cool bottle of southern water with which she was trying to wash down a first meal of delicious pudding. The cats were happily playing the in-out-in-out game, and I was putting stuff away from the stay, when this surrealistic setting was washed away by a few simple words: “I’m bleeding.” We quickly went through a couple of paper towels, some expletives ’cause I couldn’t find a mouse-light quickly (hard to see the back of the throat), and then an untheatrical 911 call.
The bleeding mostly subsided by the time the ambulance arrived (we were happy about that).
By 4:52 we had a secluded room in the Upper Chesapeake Hospital ER. “…Saturday night in Leeds…”; well Saturday night in the county meant a couple of heart attack cases and a steady flow of ambulance traffic. Did I mention Karen is fine…well you should have read ahead….
At 7:12 the ER doctor examined Karen and after a call to Karen’s surgeon at Johns Hopkins, she was transported via ambulance back to Johns Hopkins ICU for a night of observation.
Notes: We really liked the UCH ER doctor! Karen and I are pretty good at waiting, and you have to appreciate that the team needed to deal with the most critical first. Besides, we really didn’t want to be number 1 again.
Sleep well! ID those tag lines – at least two in here…