10:45AM – The hospital called and asked if we could come in early. Dr. Schmidt finished his previous surgery sooner than expected. Avery quickly finished painting my mom’s toes; hugs and kisses from Pepper and Marlo; double birds to the dog, and we’re off!
11:20AM – Still red flagged in the system from our previous visit…”Your plastic is no good here, Mrs. Christiaens.”
Some fun facts about valet parking at the University Hospital: they are totally slammed; they cannot accept tips; they wear red shirts and hats.
Hmm…I can accept tips.
A red shirt, a red hat, a butt-load of charisma, and about 2 hours later: surgery paid for in full! …with mostly 1 and 5 dollar bills. Let’s do this thing!
12:00PM – Chillin in the pre-surgery room; doin the pre-flight checks; getting the 411 from the nurses, doctors and anesthesiologists. Expected time in surgery: 2-4 hrs. Mom is a little nervous but staying positive. She’s right on the cusp (1 month) of when the Dr’s felt comfortable going back in. She could have chosen to delay this another week or two and they would have been just fine with that. Not my mom’s style though.
12:30PM – Anesthesia in full effect; off to surgery…
1:47PM – OR called. Surgery has begun!
3:23PM – Dr. Schmidt came out and talked to us. Surgery went great, they are stitching her up now. Bone flap went back in, spent some time and smoothed things out with plastic cement. A drain was put in. Said it looks like things have healed well from the previous surgery. Expectation is 2 days of recovery time at the hospital.
3:43PM – All done! Going to recovery for about 30 minutes, or until cool to the touch. Then being moved to another room where we’ll be able to go see her.
4:59PM – Mom looks great! Almost as soon as she got in the room, nurses were able to help her up and walk her to the restroom; that’s a big deal right after surgery! She is coherent and responsive.
Started an IV, getting some pain medication going. Resting.