Saturday, September 13, 2008

August 28th...

Again...I'm playing catch up!!
Today was Helmut's surgery. We dropped off the kids at Grandma's house and went to the hospital. We were pretty emotional, as I was nervous already, and I think it was starting to hit Helmut, that this really was SURGERY!
We got into an OR prep room right away, got him hooked up to an IV and chatted while we waited for him to go in. They told me he should be up in his room at about 3:30 pm. So, tearfully, I said goodbye, and went to the cafeteria. I sat there attempting to organize things, called Shannon and chatted, hoping to take my mind off of things, and finally I went up to the floor they told me to go to. Sat in the "day room" until 3:30. Wanted to ask where he was, but didn't want to be "one of those wives" whom everyone thinks is a pain in the neck (Emily Gilmore for example), so I waited until 3:45. (I know...such restraint!) So, they said he was out of surgery and should be up soon....10 minutes later, I hear a voice over the intercom paging the doctor who had done the surgery. Yeah. That wasn't a good feeling. All I could think was that there was some complication, that he had been paged to Helmut's side in recovery...I was FREAKED OUT. I just kept praying for him to be okay, and telling myself that we were both in the Lord's hands. So, instead, I parked myself on two VERY uncomfortable chairs outside the room they'd assigned him to, and waited. He came up at 4:45. I was so happy to see him.
More later...I'm TIRED!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

August 25th...

I've got so much to catch up on!!!

Well, in addition to this day being my sister's birthday...Happy Birthday my Kelsey got her wisdom teeth taken out!
When we got there, we were under the impression that I would get to stay in the room with her, at least until she was under. They told us I wasn't going to get to go in...and Kelsey started tearing up a bit, so I pushed a little, and they told me I could go in until she was almost out.

So, in we went, they hooked her up to an iv, and made her lie down, and take her glasses she couldn't see anything.

They gave her a little bit of the meds, and she faded into la la land. At first she said (or should I say SLURRED) "The room went gray." And then,"I feel intoxicated!" Both statements I was only able to understand after she repeated them several times!

I told her I loved her, and I left. I sat in the waiting room for over an hour while they removed her wisdom teeth. I finally got to go into the "recovery" area, and this is what I saw...

The poor girl! She was not happy! Though I must add, it was HER idea to take the pictures, I had left my camera at home, so that I wouldn't embarrass her...

She asked to have her teeth, and they were able to dig out her top ones out of the garbage, but her bottom ones were in too many pieces.

She was in quite a bit of pain for several days after the surgery, but things are better now for the most part!

Oh, and on a side note, she doesn't remember saying anything about the room being gray or being intoxicated! But she does remember the anesthetist and her chatting! TOO FUNNY!