Tuesday, January 22, 2008

He's Okay

I know his life really wasn't in danger. He had a blessing that promised he'd be fine and that the surgery would go well. But I let my mind wander today as I kissed him goodbye and watched him being wheeled away to the operating room.

Note to self: don't read WebMD's list of possible complications for any particular surgery anyone you love might be having soon.

Possible complications for sinus surgery:
Voice Change (huh?)
Brain Damage

We decided worse things could happen than one eyed blindness, plus we could probably get a nice settlement if the doctor somehow missed the sinus and hit the eye, so that was off the worry list, but brain damage and death? Come on!

I made him promise to haunt me (we've talked about this before, but needed a refresher course), and we decided on some "signs" that he could cause to happen, so I'd know he was there.

My favorite moment was in Pre-op, when the doctor asked if he had any questions, and with complete sincerity he asks, "So, how are YOU doing today? Did you have a good night's sleep? Your hands feeling steady?" She just laughed, started shaking, and said, "I'm doing great!"

After the surgery, he took a little more time than usual waking up from the anesthesia, and after he did he was NAUSEATED! Just kind of weird, this man who does such a great job taking care of me and Ty (we're spoiled, really) in a flimsy hospital gown with tubes all over, his coloring off, goo in his eyes, not able to stay awake.

He's doing just fine now, and hopefully I'll do as good a job taking care of him as he has for me the past eight years. Sometimes a little scare is a good thing.


  1. He is so cute! I am so glad he is safe! I was just letting myself get scared for you. Yea, those possible complications never really make you thrilled about anything. I thought that when I read over my prescription. I'd rather be sick with what I got, thanks.

    Ok, so glad you've had the promise to haunt conversation too.

    I absolutely love the new blog. So refreshing, crisp, cute. So you and your contemporary cottageness.

  2. So glad he's ok. I can't imagine someone wheeling Martin away into surgery. He's never vulnerable like that... we're like you, he spoils us and takes care of US.
    Happy all is well...

  3. When I was pregnant I happened to come across EVERYTHING that told me all the bad things that would happen to me--including dying during it.

    My whole life I have been warned about everything with my diabetes. My number one recommendation is exactly what you said, don't listen to all the bad crap cause that is ALL you will remember and dwell on. Easier said than done. Which is exactly why I don't read any tell me what to do books cause they seem to be screaming at me all the horribleness that happens instead of good stuff

  4. I'm so glad that the surgery went well and Brad will be around for a LONG, LONG time to take care of you and Ty. Remember when I made Mom and Dad sign a paper saying they would never die. I still have it.

  5. I can relate to this after Parker's accident last August. It's scary but when it's over...it's a growing experience and I wouldn't trade what I've learned from it.

    So, I'd love to hear the signs that he will make so that you know he's there (you know...a long long time in the future when he haunts you!)

  6. I loved seeing all the great pictures of Brad. So glad the surgery went ok, and that you have each other. It is always hard to see someone you love go through pain, knowing you really can't do anything but support and love them.

  7. Anonymous10:33 PM

    Great news, that things went well.
    You can't help but worry when someone you love has to go through surgery. i would worry if you treated it any other way.
    Thanks for sharing and being such a wonderful wife , mother and daughter-in-law.
    I wish we were there to help out. I am sure TY does not understand that his daddy can't do the normal things for a few days.
    I send my love and prayers for a quick recovery.

  8. I'm glad to hear Brad is doing fine. I remember Pete having a procedure done and the nurse explaining how the anastesia has a amnesia effect and he won't even remember this conversation. Well, Pete didn't believe her and created quite a scene drawing all the nurses into our little curtain drawn area as he's placing bets with all the nurses that he will remember everything. When he came to he tried to pretend he rememberd anything but couldn't pull it off and we all got a good laugh. He's quite a different personality druged up, if you can imagine him even more outgoing!

  9. Good.
    What scary possible complications.

    Love the pictures.

  10. Andrea6:51 PM

    Hope all is well and that Brad has a speedy recovery. You will be the best nurse to him while he is recovering. I love ya, cuz!

  11. I miss your posts and can hardly wait for the next one. I have to say, what a treat it was to share your parents with you yesterday and today. It made me so proud to be part of such a faithful and fun family. I love you Sal.


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