Back again to join Five Minute Friday this week. Each week I can’t decide if it feels like it has been forever since the last FMF or if it feels like I just wrote it yesterday. This is another one of those weeks. But, such is life. This week’s prompt is “surprise!”
Surprise! Usually it is something we think of as enjoyable. But, there are also those unwelcome surprises. And that is what we got this week. We went to the hospital as planned, after two enjoyable days in Monterey, expecting a pre-op appointment for my DD’s pacemaker placement. When we arrived, the woman at the desk asked if I had received the message the day before and when I checked my phone, there it was. A voicemail from our transplant doctor saying there had been a change in plans and to call him. I had not received it because we were at the aquarium, then my phone died from all the picture taking and I didn’t check my voicemail that evening. So, there we were, at an appointment that no longer existed. Surprise!
They called the transplant doctor and he came to speak with us. It seems that my DD has only one access point for doing biopsies (I knew this before, but had forgotten) and the pacemaker team had not been told that. Surprise! So, their plan was to put the wires through the only access point she has for biopsies. Not a great plan. So, they cancelled the planned procedure and scheduled a different procedure. This one will require an actual incision in her chest again. Surprise! Hopefully, it will be done without actually opening her sternum again (requiring an unwiring and rewiring) and just going in under the sternum and running the wire between her rib bones. They will look at that to make sure that is what they can do. She will also have another incision where the battery pack will sit – a “pocket” in her abdomen. Hopefully there will be no chest tube (again, not sure about that) and there will be a night in the CVICU and then to the step down floor for three to six days depending on how she does. My usual reaction is to say to plan for three additional days because she can be a tough patient in recovery, or at least has been in the past. Hopefully she has outgrown it, and I will get a good “surprise”. But, we shall see.
So, that was our “surprise” this week – one night in the hospital has turned into four to seven and we’ve postponed it until the end of April to allow for our work schedules to be a little more forgiving. But, not all surprises are good, but they are all…well, surprising!
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