Thursday, October 18, 2012

T minus 22 Hours

Good Morning Everyone, it's 0800 hours, and Lisa is going in for her angiogram.
We had a wonderful nights sleep, it's amazing how comfortable a hotel bed is after 12 hours of hospital appointments. Lisa is doing well, her attitude is good, and we have come to a point where we believe we have every reason to be optimistic about the outcome of surgery.  We have also, on the  other hand, been made to understand that the surgery is going to be a major traumatic event, and that recovery time may be long. The nurse has told us not to be surprised, when she wakes up she will feel like she has been beaten up, thrown down the stairs, and run over by a truck but, also assured us not to worry, they are very good at pain management. She wants to be sure we don't mistake this for the surgery not having gone well. This also means that I will be spending every minute I can by her bedside, while she is in ICU this will mean that I will, most likely, not be using my computer, so I want to assure you all that I will post as often as I can, but please do not worry if there isn't much on  Saturday. Once they move us to a regular room I will be able to use my laptop again and will make regular updates.

The family liaison area (read fancy waiting room), that I'm in now, and will be tomorrow, is pretty nice. It has a single cup coffee maker, electrical outlets for  the computer, and even more quiet areas further back, with recliners in them. One whole wall is large windows, it is so weird be sitting in a city with crazy huge buildings all around.



  1. All the best to both of you. Having waited during my dad's 6 hour surgery years ago, I know that waiting can be tough. (So glad I was a kid when he had brain surgery, and remained clueless that day!)
    Lisa- you'll be in my thoughts and prayers all day tomorrow!

  2. I am glad to hear that all is on track and that Lisa (and you) are still feeling fairly upbeat and positive. I'm also glad the nurses told you what to expect after, especially since she will probably be feeling awful and not able to verbalize her pain and she may worry. So that is good to know what to expect. Just FYI - my Mom is reading these posts but having trouble commenting - just wanted you and Lisa to know that she is staying connected. Thanks for the update! Love you both.

  3. Let's try this comment again. :-) I love you Lisa!! Give Lisa and big hug and kiss from all her friends who can't be there. I thank God for her friendship over the years and across the miles.

  4. Yes, Kevin - thank you so very much for these updates. You are a great writer, you express yourself so well. And..we do want Lisa to know that we are with her in spirit. I'm glad you told us about some of the aftermaath of the surgery. I'm sure she will need all the pain meds they will give her. If she gets discouraged, remind her of some of the family things we have done, and remind her of how many people are pulling for her. It has been a long and slow road, but now something is being accomplished. As Laurie said, I am not knowledgable about some computer stuff, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I won't lose this comment like I did my first one. Hope you are getting some food and rest while being with Lisa.

  5. Just letting you know I'm still here and will be awaiting details when you can post. Sending so much love and strength to you and Lisa.