“… Prepared to make it but just then the phone rang…
… I never had the nerve to make the final cut …”
4 am – wake up / feed cats / birds / warm up car / coffee
4:30 – leave house
5:15 – arrive at Johns Hopkins
5:30 – Karen to pre-op
7:15 – I go visit her in pre-op / picture with surgeon
7:30 – Karen to OR (scheduled for 2 hours)
7:35 – snack bar for coffee and cherry Danish and waiting
8:00 – searching thru songs in my head and noting: used all of those before …
The objective of today’s sequel is to clean out “stuff” left over and accumulated from neck dissection round one. Hopefully improve movement and lymph flow to remove edema. I asked the DR if they would be doing a biopsy of the area and he stated only if they find something unusual. Not willing to tempt the odds with the “habitual” outlier Mausi (Karen to the rest of you), I stopped my question there.
Note: tagline warning: only very loosely ties to surgery.
8:15 Standing by . . . _ _ _ . . .
10:14 OR called – running a little long; nothing to worry about….
10:32 Status board changed to “post OP”
11:05 Karen is still sleeping off the sedation. Nurse brought prescription out along with word to expect post OP to be at least 90 more minutes.
12:04. Karen is awake, sitting in recovery. We are getting instructions now. Nurse is looking for the resident.
12:15 Chatted with doctor, all is good. Karen is resting waiting to gather energy to go home .
15:00 We’re home. Karen and Maya are napping. Just another day … You all come back now! (Ok not now)