Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Day 4 In the Wee Hours

O.K. so for the last 3 days Lisa has had someone checking on her every hour or so, seems like a pretty good idea, after major brain surgery. The problem is, unlike shift nurses, I have to sleep on duty, so how to wake myself up no more than every two hours or so, and without disturbing her in the confines of the same hotel room? I sat here for over an hour last night trying to figure this one out. Trying to put the laptop on the table between the beds, didn't work, wouldn't fit except in precariously balanced positions. Hmmmm, if you come up with another solution, let me know. As for me, I'm going to have two more cups of water and go back to bed.



  1. Instead of waking up every hour or so, you really should get some rest, and eat something other than coffee and brownies so you can drive home safely.

    I think the early days and weeks are harder on the family than on the patient. Brain surgery is surreal, and it does feel weird to go back out into the Real World, but they don't send you home unless they know it is safe to do so.

    You need to take care of yourself too, OK?

    Oh, and as a former patient, finally being able to sleep without someone asking you to grab their fingers, who is the President or to do all night blood jabs is divine. If you really do feel you need to check her every hour or so, she's probably not going to wake up. Brain surgery is exhausting! :-)

  2. I am going to agree with Karriea - I have never had this surgery- of course, but I will equate it to the times I went into the hospital to have a baby. It was exhausting! And then the nurses wake you constantly to check on you. And all you really need is SLEEP!