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Surgery non-news [Mar. 10th, 2005|11:03 am]
Zoethe
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This morning, I paid $4.00 to button my coat.

Got Kristi into the hospital just before 6am, and they were very efficient at getting her into a room. The surgery unit at the Cleveland Clinic is about the most streamlined process I have seen, but it did rather give the impression of being on a conveyer belt. Anyway, they got us into a room, then pitched me back out into the waiting room while Kris changed and they got an I.V. going. After about half an hour, they called me back in. We were expecting to have an hour or two to kill, and so had stopped by Walgreens to pick up trashy movie star magazines, but I was only allowed in for a goodbye and off they wheeled her.

Knowing how long this surgery would take, there was no reason for me to just sit there all day, so I went back to the front desk and gave them contact numbers. Then I bundled myself back up to face the chill of Cleveland's lovely March weather.

Blast me and my buttons.

The first hour of parking is free. I pulled into the parking garage at 5:53. I pulled out at 6:54. One minute, and I had to pay the hour to hour-and-a-half rate. This lack of even a minute's cushion seems rather miserly to me, but whatchagonnado?

I called in the first time at 9:14. They were able to tell me that Kristi had gone into surgery 17 minutes earlier - right on time. I'm limiting myself to a call every two hours, so now I'm trying not to clock watch. And failing miserably. I was pretty impressed by their waiting room set-up - very roomy and comfortable, and there are large computer screens that give status updates on the patients. It looked like airport flight information: Left kidney now debarking at surgery gate 10. Still, it's better than not having any idea what's going on.

I'm working hard at convincing myself to stay at the office all day. That is less easy than I thought it would be. But there is plenty of work on my desk to distract me. Updates as I know anything.

And I did just call in. There apparently aren't updates during surgery, just when she finishes. Being that it's an eight-hour surgery, that's gonna be a while....
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[User Picture]From: trianakvetch
2005-03-10 04:09 pm (UTC)
*sends out waves of good thoughts*

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From: ex_leopardp
2005-03-10 04:11 pm (UTC)
Hang in there, sweetie.

It's going to probably be the longest 8 hours of your life.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-03-10 04:59 pm (UTC)
Labor was longer, but not by much.
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From: i_aldarion
2005-03-10 04:11 pm (UTC)
Light and love to you and yours, milady Zoethe.
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From: flcodemonkey
2005-03-10 04:17 pm (UTC)
If anyone deserves the positive karma today, its you and Kristi. Best of luck.
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[User Picture]From: shannon_elaine
2005-03-10 04:20 pm (UTC)
My fingers are crossed.
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[User Picture]From: zeldakitty
2005-03-10 04:25 pm (UTC)
Kristi is in so many thoughts today... we are all hoping for the best.
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From: drooling_ferret
2005-03-10 04:30 pm (UTC)
1) Due to corporate dress codes and lack of more sophisticated I/O devices, I can't keep any of my fingers crossed for any length of time. But I've got some toes crossed that things go well today. Some people pray: I contort myself and hope for the best. Ideally, neither is necessary, but at very worst I figure these gestures don't hurt anyone.

2) I react with varying levels of squeam to different sorts of gore, depending on a lot of factors (real/fake, my emotional attachment to the people involved, etc.), so I'm not sure if this would be good for me or not, but I've often wondered if it mightn't be helpful to allow concerned next-of-kin or whomever to watch (through a glass partition, or from a balcony, like in some teaching hospitals... or maybe CCTV?) the procedures, possibly in the company of a trained professional capable of explaining things and answering questions one might have about what's going on. That way, maybe people wouldn't have to worry so much? Probably not a great solution for everyone, but were I designing a hospital with customer satisfaction in mind, this is a feature I'd seriously consider providing for interested parties.

3) I used to work as a 3rd-shift parking attendant at a hospital, which isn't so much different from booth-jockeying at car lots anywhere else, I guess, except that it's much harder to tell people who're protesting the cost of their parking to fuck off when they're driving themselves home with fresh bruises, broken bones, and just-stitched wounds. Sympathy factor aside, you have to wonder if someone that tough (or stoned on pain meds) can put a fist through your decidedly-not-bulletproof (as evidenced by the occasional robbery/shooting of your co-workers) window and get at you before security can get there.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-03-10 05:41 pm (UTC)
Thogh dismayed, I was polite. I know it's not the booth attendee's fault that the rules are so stingy.
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From: drooling_ferret
2005-03-10 05:58 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah, I figured. :)

I don't generally consider it appropriate to tell patrons to fuck off, regardless of how injured or rude they are. I added 3) for whatever laughs it might provide, once again forgetting that what's funny to me is rarely funny to others.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-03-10 06:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, not unfunny. It's always godd to get that other perspective.
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[User Picture]From: kimmaline
2005-03-10 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Point 2....though some people would like the idea, it will never happen. My friend wasn't even allowed to videotape the DELIVERY OF HER FIRST CHILD because of malpractice issues. They don't want a witness to every one of their actions, let alone an unqualified one.
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[User Picture]From: napalmmk9
2005-03-10 04:34 pm (UTC)
gesundheit to your sister. and good luck.
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[User Picture]From: ohhjuliet
2005-03-10 04:35 pm (UTC)
You and Kristi are in my thoughts all day.

xo
lau
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[User Picture]From: dk_leathers
2005-03-10 04:36 pm (UTC)
best of our love and luck coming at you for Kristi.. ~hugs~
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[User Picture]From: apostate_96
2005-03-10 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'll be prayin' from now 'til we hear from you how it went...for her and you and all of yours.

*Hugs*
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[User Picture]From: trillian42
2005-03-10 05:00 pm (UTC)
Good luck to you both...

Is there someone else waiting at the hospital? During my mom's surgeries, they wanted a family member there at all times.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-03-10 05:02 pm (UTC)
They did not require someone to be there, since they had my contact info, but our other sister, Michele, is probably there by now.
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[User Picture]From: girlgonewired
2005-03-10 05:08 pm (UTC)
I am glad this day has finally come. I pray that all goes well and Kristi moves on to a swift recovery.
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[User Picture]From: demiurgent
2005-03-10 05:29 pm (UTC)
All my hopes and thoughts. I'm so glad this is finally happening for Kristi. And for you, for that matter.
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From: tessbelle
2005-03-10 05:48 pm (UTC)
With all these prayers and good thoughts, I'm sure everything will be fine. Still, I've got mine prayers going too. Thank God that she's able to get this surgery finally. Love you!!! *HUGS*
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[User Picture]From: ytaya
2005-03-10 05:50 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking good thoughts for all of you. I'm glad she's finally in there!
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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2005-03-10 05:53 pm (UTC)
[big hugs for all of you]
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[User Picture]From: yndy
2005-03-10 06:11 pm (UTC)
How nerve-wracking!!!

Thanks for the update - and still sending all the positive emanations I can muster that way!!!
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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2005-03-10 06:14 pm (UTC)
Many hugs... she's in my thoughts...
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[User Picture]From: adjust_56
2005-03-10 06:14 pm (UTC)

Keep working

For my sis and myself it goes a lot easier if you keep working instead of allowing your mind (at least mine does)to play the worst case secenario. Keeping the occupied will also make the time go faster, although it might not seem so.... Tomorrow when she's out do a quick check through of what you did today....I'm always amazed at the amount of mistakes I made even though I thought I ws present to my work...consider it more a day of therapy than work... holding a calm space for all of you
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-03-10 06:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Keep working

Yeah, I'm working and getting through stuff, but my brain is about 3/4ths somewhere else. Definitely not sending anything out today!
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[User Picture]From: undertheivy99
2005-03-10 06:19 pm (UTC)

Hey!

I'm about to look for a candle I can light for you. My clock says 1:20, so she's over the half-way hump now!!!!

Patty
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[User Picture]From: batshua
2005-03-10 06:41 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

I'm praying for a complete recovery.

May she live and be well and have no more kidney pain.
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[User Picture]From: donkey_hokey
2005-03-10 07:15 pm (UTC)
Candle lit, and good thoughts heading in an easterly direction.

Adjusting for time differences, there's about three hours left. Yippee!
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[User Picture]From: elfwench
2005-03-10 07:21 pm (UTC)
{{tight hugs}} for you, and best wishes for Kristi!
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