OOPS! Sorry. Tried to publish this one early today but didn’t work.
Rachel waiting in pre-op holding
They came to get Rachel for a chest x-ray last night about 11:40pm right after she had fallen asleep. She was a trooper though. The x-ray tech let her see her x-ray and showed her where her heart was. Rachel wasn’t impressed.
I was up at five since I kept expecting them to come get us up any minute to get ready. Transport came about six to take Rachel to pre-op holding. We waited there for several hours playing with paper dolls and sticker books. We had the talk again about what was going to happen–Dr. Kirkland is going to work on her heart so that she can run fast, she will be asleep, she will have kind people to take care of her while she’s away from us, we will be waiting on her and she will see us when she wakes up. She kept saying she was tired. Finally, I lay beside her and she went to sleep. Thankfully, she slept when they rolled her away at 8:30. The anesthesiologist said that he would give her drugs in her IV that would knock her out in about 15 seconds as soon as she was taken back.
We went to move our baggage out of the hospital room since she will be in CICU tonight and stopped at the hospital’s Starbucks on the way back from the parking garage. Surgery started at 9:17 and should last about 4 hours. We will get a call when the major portion of the surgery is complete. Then Dr. Kirkland will meet with us after surgery. We will be able to see her about 30 minutes after she gets to CICU. The anesthesiologist said that she will likely not wake up til 3-4 hours after surgery.
Here’s Heart Surgery Bear. 🙂 Hey, is that one of the Care Bears?