I had a pretty major surgical procedure done on Tuesday and spent a couple days in the hospital. I'm still in some pain and sick to my stomach and generally kind of miserable, but things are looking better a little at a time.
So, while I don't have an INFF interview to post, and likely won't for the rest of the month--recovery time, ya know--I do need to make some thank yous.
Thank you to...
- Janelle, my pre-op nurse who figured out really quickly that I get excessively goofy when I'm scared and joked right along with me through the IV and other preparations for surgery
- Jake, the circulating surgical nurse, who thought the Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man impression I did with the huge surgical gown they gave me was pretty darn hilarious, and who also searched around the hospital and found a blood pressure cuff small enough for my teeny arms
- Dr. Johnson, the anesthesiologist, & Malcolm, the anesthesia tech, who not only listened all 627 times I told them how sick anesthesia always makes me, but reassured me every time that they would take care of that; and they did.
- Dr. Thorpe, the surgeon, who is friendly and straightforward and has some super-mad skills on the daVinci robot; (If you've never heard of the daVinci Surgical System, go read about it, it's kind of science fictiony and cool)
- The post-op recovery nurses, whose names I never caught because, quite frankly, I was barely conscious while we were together.
- The night-shift nursing staff who looked out for me the night I was at Timpanogos Regional Hospital: Denise, who did her best to draw the blood she was supposed to even though my veins were being uncooperative, and who brought me massive amounts of water; Matt, who didn't totally freak out when my blood pressure dropped to ridiculously low levels, but took care of it calmly; and Jodi, who talked with me about families and life and her decision to go back to school to get her nursing degree and just all around helped me feel a little more human again
- The day-shift nursing staff: Melanie, whose speedy delivery of morphine during a horrendous few minutes was life-saving as was her hilarious sense of humor; Melissa, who answered every question I had and reassured me at necessary and regular intervals; and Karly, a nursing student who I know will one day make an exceptional nurse.
It's been a rough week, but things are looking up. I will try to post on the Holiday of Coolness (March 17th, for those of you who might be new around here), but will likely be AWOL for most of the month. Have a great one everyone. See you on the flip side!