Round 4 – Patient 5411050

I’m sitting in the surgery waiting room. I finally had a chance to eat, wolfing down a salad and some hard boiled eggs. The warm latte is kicking in and I’m beginning to feel more human.

Nurse Kathleen just came through to update another family. She was Becky’s first PCICU nurse and took care of her in the delicate hours after the first open heart procedure. She came over for a quick hug and promised to stop by our room later.

There’s a terrible soap opera playing on the television. I can’t see the screen but it’s impossible to ignore. Apparently Carly wants the chief of staff position fierce and is double crossing her rival. And someone is trying to dump a body.

I’m keeping a close eye on the board. Becky is number 5411050 and I’m tracking her progress through the various stages. It’s like watching the board at the airport. I’m waiting for the landing.

Round 4 – Underway

Becky has been taken back to surgery.

I met with Dr. Sherman and he apologized for the delay. He said there are strict guidelines and procedures in place for complicated infants like Becky. Her age and cardiac condition necessitate certain OR personnel. And sometimes that doesn’t always come together on time. He anticipates that all three procedures will take about 1 hour (10 minutes for the tubes, 10 minutes for the bronchoscopy, 35 minutes for the brain stem response test). Becky will be admitted either to the pediatric floor or the pediatric ICU.

I am so grateful that she slept almost the entire morning. And that the hospital Starbucks is open for another 15 minutes.

Round 4 – Delayed

The nurse manager just stopped by to tell us that Becky’s surgery is delayed. Dr. Sherman is running behind and there are some complications securing the anesthesiologist that Becky needs. He is currently operating in the Outpatient Pavilion but will come over to the hospital at some point. Hopefully, everything will happen around 2:00pm. Becky hasn’t had a feed since 7:00am but is holding up just fine. I just settled her down for a nap.

Our Keurig coffee maker refused to work this morning. Of all days. And the English Breakfast tea wasn’t quite strong enough. So I may join her.