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Vertebroplasty Round 3

by on March 11, 2010

We’re sitting here in Pre-Op waiting for our third and hopefully last song & dance.

Things here in Pre-Op have become routine-the nurses remember us and we know how to put the gown on.

The checkin process was smoother with only a single pot hole: the Admitting lady kept telling us to go to the Welcome desk to verify which department was appropriate.

I did my best to patronize the Admitting lady:

“This is our third time doing this same procedure and this is the correct place”.
“Sir, please return to the welcome desk to verify…”
“This is our third time doing this same procedure and this is the correct place”.
“Sir, can you please…”
“This is our third time doing this same procedure and this is the correct place”.

I figured a consistent tone and cadence would emphasize my point.

Satomi’s veins are scarred and small to begin with. The IV is always tough. Their first try “infiltrated” and Satomi’s wrist swelled up. They’re still working on her. Its likely that the IV will need to be put in her foot. I hope this isn’t a precursor to the operation.

[Update 11:00am:  They ended up using a vein in her foot.  I didn’t expect it to hurt much but Satomi diagreed completely.  It was very painful!  It also bled a lot.  They wheeled her away right at 9:00am.]

[Update 12:00pm:  I just spoke with Dr. Chen.  Everything went fine and Satomi passed all the post-Op neuro tests.  The doctor treated T7, T8, & T9 vertebrae so that should be all of them.  She’s still sleeping so I’m going to grab lunch.]

[Update 3:30pm:  We’re home and Satomi is resting.  She’s very dizzy but doing well.]

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One Comment
  1. Pegs permalink

    Hope it went well! Thinking of you both!

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