No Going Home…Yet

No Kidding: Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club; you’re not out of it until the computer says you’re out of it!

This is a day filled with up’s and down’s.  We thought for sure after last night that Sue would be going home and then set up for two out-patient procedures, well, we were wrong!  Late in the afternoon, after her long awaited shower, Sue’s cardiologist, Tim O’Neil, came by as he was asked to clear her for a surgery!  Irene was visiting and had just departed for the day.  We are so lucky to have Irene as a friend!

While awaiting for Tim to come into the room and give us the hopefully good news, I saw this sign on the TV monitor and I caught it with the iPhone camera…says it all!

No kidding…

After looking at the EKG, we did not like what he saw and was concerned requesting a heart ultra-sound plus a heart-CT-scan.  He thought it could be as simple as an electrode malfunction or misplacement but Tim is a careful and thoughtful doctor.  Alas, the “scanners” were gone for the evening unless it was an emergency so he talked Sue into staying one more night.  The EKG, ultra-sound, and Sue,,,being smart…said “OK, just one more night!!”.

Did You Know?  Outpatient surgery, also known as ambulatory surgery, day surgery , day case surgery, or same-day surgery, is surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay.  The term “outpatient” arises from the fact that surgery patients may enter and leave the facility on the same day. The advantages of outpatient surgery over inpatient surgery include greater convenience and reduced costs. 

Outpatient surgery may occur in an inpatient facility, in a self-contained unit within a hospital (also known as a hospital outpatient department), in a freestanding self-contained unit (also known as an ambulatory surgery center), or in a physician’s office-based unit.  Between the late 20th century and early 21st century, outpatient surgery has grown in popularity in many countries.  In the United States, 65% of surgeries at hospitals in 2012 were conducted on an outpatient basis, compared with 54% in 1992. 

Studies have shown that outpatient surgery is as safe as or safer than inpatient surgery. For instance, complication rates and post-surgical hospitalization or readmission rates are comparable, and pain and infection rates are lower after outpatient surgery than inpatient surgery.

We confirmed, after Tim had left that Dr. Simon B. Rayhanabad, vascular surgeon, would be coming by in the morning at 8:00 AM so I will get there at 7:30 or earlier to hear the plan.  It is our understanding that we would like to do the surgery on the neck, carotid artery, tomorrow. We shall see!

We get to see some TV as we sit and wait or walk in and out of the hospital…The Communist News Network, CNN, has reported the Russians and colluding with the Governor of North Carolina and CNN has proof!

It’s the truth… it was on CNN (just like their reporter standing in a ditch to make the water look higher than it was…

Except for the food, the really only bad thing we have to say about the stay is that the doctors do not seem to talk amongst each other very much?  Dr. Madini is the attending physician and is supposed to make sure everybody talks and gets an agreed-to course of action so we are going to try to see him in the morning also! 

I departed the hospital ay 9:00 AM…it was a  long long day! I sat and vegged-out watching a Netflix TV series called “The Iron Fist”…it was OK and definitely a brain relaxer.  I watched three episodes and plan to continue watching it to see what happens!

Summary: When Danny Rand was 10-years old, he survived a mysterious plane crash that claimed the lives of his extremely wealthy parents. Rescued by warrior monks, Danny grew up in the of city of K’un-Lun, where he endured harsh conditions, but also trained to be a fierce warrior. Years later, Danny returns home to New York, where he wants to reconnect with his past and take his rightful place at his family’s company, which is being run by his father’s former business partner. Danny hopes to restore his family legacy by defeating the people who threaten it

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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