God's Perfect Timing ...

My husband had emergency surgery on his appendix this morning. I'll spare you lots of details, not out of any great consideration for my readers but rather from the fact that I'm exhausted.

He's going to be fine, albeit heavily medicated for awhile.

At first, I was a little frustrated that it happened now. I'm still recovering from surgery, my parents went home a few days ago, and his parents won't arrive until a few days from now. But then I had some thoughts ...

It really was perfect timing. I would have freaked if this had happened during the last few days of my pregnancy, which would have been super-bad for the baby. And as long as he's going to be out of commission, it makes him happy that its over a long weekend so he won't have to worry about rearranging his work schedule too much. Plus, everyone that I needed to help out with the logistics of hospitals and babysitting was off today! Talk about perfect timing!

Not to mention that the surgeon on-call at that particular time was really extra-good according to the nurse/friend who drove me to the hospital and stayed to scout things out, and to effectively label my husband "one of mine" so that he got slightly better-than-average care. She stayed until he was out of surgery, in spite of the fact that she was expecting a house full of in-laws for a big dinner in less than 3 hours.

He ended up being sent to a vacant room in Pediatrics, which has a better nurse/patient ratio than other areas of the hospital. Today the ratio happened to be 1:1. Thats pretty good, even if you have to stay in a room with a giant mural of The Little Mermaid. I can't swear its because Shannon took a little "walk" to have a private talk with some co-workers, but I know that before she left the waiting room he was going to one place and after she came back he was going to a better different place (pediatrics, even though he's in his 30's). I'm pretty sure I owe her a casserole and a really attractive dessert!

Note to readers: If you want to know things, ask the nurses. Off duty. Off the record. They'll tell you things. Interesting things.

Warning to doctor-type-people: Nurses will tell people things. Interesting things. Things about doctors!

Waves

Appendix?! My prayers are with all of you folks. And hope your husband is feeling much better soon.

Paul Burgess | 11/25/2005 - 12:09 PM

Wow, God's timing indeed! wish I could help you...shall I send a casserole or two in the mail to you? :-) Blessings and healing to you and your family!

Julie | 11/25/2005 - 04:17 PM

My dh worked as a tech in ICU & Same Day Surgery for 8 years, and during that time I had three babies and three surgeries. I was introduced to every staff member as "Steve's Wife." That worked for a couple of reasons. First of all, everyone loved him (his hyper productivity got a lot done) and they knew HE knew the ins and outs. I was treated like royalty! When Seth spent 8 days in NICU, they laughed about the fact that he ALWAYS had someone there with him, because staff from all over the hospital took turns staying with him while we weren't there to make sure he got everything he needed.

They do take care of their own!

Leni | 11/25/2005 - 04:57 PM

ROFLOL.. Guess you got some juicy doctor gossip? LOL Love it!

Danielle | 12/03/2005 - 05:08 PM
 
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