get an artery so he started wiggling the needle in and out and up and down. I almost passed out. He tried one more time, and then thankfully called in a blood-gas tech to do it for him. She got it on the first try. Now both my wrists are bruised. Oh well. It will prepare me for the coming week of "fun" times. After that, I checked into the Heart & Lung unit as a "pre-Thor" patient and am stuck here until after the surgery. I've had an EKG, bloodwork, urine test, glucose check, watched an "informative" video on recovering from heart surgery, a tour of the thoracic ICU, spoke with a PA, RN, and respiratory therapist. It's been a busy day. Tonight I'm losing whatever side and back hair I have, and taking a shower with antiseptic soap. Tomorrow I take another shower with the same soap, get an IV put in my artery, then surgery is scheduled for 1:30pm. It will take 4-5 hours to complete, then I'll be moved to the thoracic ICU for a day or two, then on to the main floor for the rest of my stay.
I apologize if any of this post seems somewhat humorous or sarcastic. It's the best way my mom and I are dealing with the stress of the unknown. We are laughing a lot, but it's mostly nervous giggles. Better to laugh than to cry. Can't wait for this to be over.
Jamie (aka the pin cushion)
3 weeks ago