Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Day 3 - Another long day of testing and pre-op

We started out today at 8:00 am in the Shands Admissions office. Today was Laurie's day. She had blood work, an EKG, Chest x-ray, we met with the anesthesiologist, and then she was admitted. She has a wonderful doctor named Sherri who will be with her for the remainder of her stay on the transplant floor. The nursing staff was top notch - but VERY busy. They had 6 patients come in from surgery just in the 4 hours that we were there today.

Laurie didn't get to meet with her transplant surgeon, Dr. Roy(sp?) as he was operating on Laurie's roommate (yes, I said roommate!) - they are so busy that they cannot give patients their own rooms at this point. So that is kind of stressful for Laurie. Her roommate, Mrs. Battle is from Thomasville, Ga and has been on dialysis. She was rushed down to Shands today as they got a match for her and she was prepped and taken immediately to surgery. So it was happening in Laurie's room this afternoon. This made the nursing staff a bit crazy.

So we will get to see her recovery in the morning and get to see what to expect.
The reinforcements arrived! Aunt Jayne got here around 6pm so I have help now!! She is sooooo funny and really lightens up the mood - just in time.
We had to have mom back at the hotel at 6:30 to take her stuff ro prepare her for surgery (I know - too much information) so we had to leave Laurie. She wanted me to stay with her tonight but I am really tired already and think that I will need to be up there tomorrow night. So I felt bad leaving her and she was nervous being alone tonight. As it turned out (Thank you Lord) her charge nurse tonight is a guy who she loves! She and he have really hit it off and he is taking great care of her.
Ok - now to what everyone is waiting for ---- the surgery will be at 8:00 am- starting with mom and then Laurie will go in at 10:00 am. They will be done if all goes well around noon. I will post early afternoon with those details.
Please continue to pray for peace for them - God has been so faithful today as what could have been a really bad day was actually pretty good.

Books I Am Reading

  • Humility by CJ Mahaney
  • Praying Life by Paul Miller