Just woke up!
Trip Start Jul 25, 2010
20Trip End Aug 03, 2010
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It has become a little bit of a ritual where Kim reads the your messages and I smile broadly!! Again thank you so much for following this...
Today I woke at 4am, got my bearings. It felt like I slept for 10 hours but it was 5.5. It was still dark so I turned on a light and started to anxiously/carefully survey the old bod. Still hooked up to blood thinner IV (all intact, check). Looked at the groin bandage... no blood visible (check), also to ensure they performed the right surgery!!. Everything still there (check). Utilized the bedpan because I had earlier proclaimed myself an expert (check...still am!).
I began to wonder what if any changes I could recognize. Immediately my fingers had more sensation, and could feel all toes moving. I'm in a lot of pain (finally I'm a pain in my own neck!!) and back/chest. I smiled a little and then tried to get back to sleep and then night shift Inga came in to draw blood. I tried to say no thank you, alas that was met with "DA"!! As per her word she returned in 10 minutes and frowned that I had not eaten dinner from last night. 2 orderlies came in and removed the groin bandage and replaced it with a bandage (no bleeding issues). Windows open for no reason.
Then the operating physician and 2 other interns showed up for the post op check. Started with questions and then out came the doppler ultrasound. The surgeon was speaking without translating and then this was worrisome as I was left to scan their expressions. the surgeon then stuck a couple English words in, must have been for my benefit... good, nice.
He then turned to me and said you need to sit up for the rest of the test. I said well... how are the veins? He said "but of course they are wide open and flowing". 5% narrowed...not 90% Relief!!!
I little more conversation about different things and Canada. He asked what is the biggest lake and I wasn't sure so I gave him the 5 biggest and he said he would like to come to Canada and swim with me. I said why not move and be a physician in Sask? They all laughed but in their eyes the wheels were turning. Doc and Kim's liberation and physician recruitment services!! Nice ring to it.
Kim 100% Rocks!!! He showed up this morning and brought the computer, hence the update. Although we have more ahead, he is/has been a rock!! Thank you!! He is the life of the 6th floor. He goes room to room and now has a million friends. I ask him to describe the 'outside' world and ask for every detail and he enthusiastically obliges. Anyone ever need the assistance, companionship, and relief with the complete understanding that everything is going to be....ok...
Book him!!! How does one repay his selflessness and then everyone else that made this trip possible? Sheesh...talk about gratitude