Before reading, you might want to repeat after me: It's all going to be okay. It will all be O-K. Hook and I are sitting in St. David's Emergency Room not because we have an emergency or even a critical situation. Rather, after visiting with the surgeon this morning, we all decided (the surgeon, Hook, … Continue reading How Far Will a Man Go to Watch Football on ESPN?
As I sit in the hospital cafeteria and dream of life outside the walls of St. David’s, my POW-stricken husband lies in his 5th floor room being poked, prodded, picked, and occasionally pampered. With a hollowed, gaunt look of someone who has been starved and beaten, Hook’s recovery continues but his appetite struggles to rise … Continue reading The Great Hook Escape
What a treat. The good professor has a second message for everyone. On the doctor thing: Hook doesn't mind if little kids call him Dr. Hook and he insists that his students either call him "Professor Hook" or "Dr. Hook" but never just 'Hook' -- show some respect! -- but if adults call him "Dr. … Continue reading Beaming Up Some Dr. Hook
As promised, a message from Allan (that he typed himself). For those who have never heard me say his given name, Allan is Hook, sometimes called "Al" by colleagues and only called Allan by me when I'm upset with him or when I feel very loving toward him -- keeps him on his toes! And, … Continue reading A Message from Allan
You all must have been praying double-time because from about 7 o’clock yesterday evening to most of today, Hook's situation has improved: Sunday 7:00PM: A great second shift weekend nurse, Justin, entered the hospital scene. I was looking forward to having Nurse Daniel back because I didn’t want to break in another night nurse. But … Continue reading Getting Back on Schedule
The frustration with hospitals is that they are in the business of treating patients instead of people and those closest to the front lines, nurses and technicians, get caught in the political middle ... but the body that pays is the one strapped to a bed completely dependent upon those around him. FRIDAY late afternoon: … Continue reading From Room 232
I guess when you’ve had part of your stomach removed, then eating falls down the list of priorities in the healing process. Oh, Hook receives basic nutrients from one of the half dozen tubes going into his body so no worries that they’re starving him to death, but those tubes tangle with the other half … Continue reading Ice Chips as an Entree
The first words Hook spoke to me when I saw him in ICU were, “I guess I made it.” As I rubbed his little, bald head, I whispered, “Of course you did.” That was the last lucid conversation Hook had with me until this afternoon. Yesterday, the nurses were kind enough to allow me to … Continue reading Musings from an Intensive Care Unit
3:21pm We got the third call from the surgical assistant that the surgeon was closing Hook up and that the surgeon would be by to talk with us. Sagging my shoulders with relief, I let out the deep breath I didn't even realize I was holding in. 3:25pm A second surgical assistant walked us from … Continue reading Surgery a Success!
11:41am – We got the second update from the surgical assistant who said “everything looked great” but that there was no real new information. I did get a chance to ask him if he was actually in the surgical room and he said, “Yes, I am standing in the surgical room.” He let me know … Continue reading Time Rolls Slowly in a Surgery Waiting Room
At 9:12am, I received a phone call from the surgical assistant that Hook was anesthetized with all IVs running at full speed and that everything looked good. Wow! They call you from—what?—a medium clean room or maybe the cell is in a plastic bag and the surgical assistant is punching the numbers with a gloved … Continue reading It’s All About the Surgeon
Exciting might be the wrong adjective. Intense, queasy-filling, thought-vomiting … should I continue? I had no idea the amount of preparation that goes into even the simplest of surgeries let alone the super duper we-are-going-to-cut-you-MEGAWIDE-open ones. I had major surgery 15 years ago, so specialized in nature I still can’t pronounce or spell what it … Continue reading Just How Exciting is Surgery Anyway?