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
Allan and Rosemary Hook
Surgery a Success!
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!
Time Rolls Slowly in a Surgery Waiting Room
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
It’s All About the Surgeon
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
Just How Exciting is Surgery Anyway?
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?
The Beginning of Thanks not the End of It
I didn’t miss posting about Thanksgiving in Australia simply because there is no Thanksgiving in Australia at least not in the month of November. Thanksgiving is one of the few U.S. holidays that is unique to Americans and oddly enough not grossly over commercialized. We're too busy giving thanks I guess. Australia's Thanksgiving Australians have … Continue reading The Beginning of Thanks not the End of It
Where a Pancreas and Halloween Collide
Is it kosher to get excited about a pancreas? We’re not frying it up in a pan or planning to serve it for Thanksgiving or anything, but we are pretty jazzed about Hook’s pancreas right now. (Those are jazz hands on that tumor by the way.) And just so you know how excited, this morning’s … Continue reading Where a Pancreas and Halloween Collide