The morning tech was one we had last year and she remembered us. Told us we had a nurse named Betsy. But a little while later, in walked Dana. She looked at me and then Manny and was surprised it was us! You see, Dana was especially sweet to us last year. She was our nurse on "the day" that Manny got his diagnosis last May. We felt a special bond since that day. We kept in touch for a while but then I lost most of my contacts on my phone so no more contact.
She didn't immediately know the name since she knew him under his preadoptive name. Turns out, Betsy had too many kids so she randomly took a few and got us! What are the odds of that.
9:15 we headed to the procedure to get the gjtube replaced. It was scheduled for 10am. All the techs, nurses and etc down there immediately recognized us and were coming to see our happy baby. Only ... last time he was a happy baby. This time he's a grump!
He started acting very strange. Lethargic again. I asked her to do his blood sugar. 145. Hmmm. That's not it. So what is it? Then I noticed his heart rate was in the mid 80's. Which for MOST people would be great. But his resting rate is usually about 120 and he was crying so... should have been higher. I have no clue why it was doing this. But eventually, it went back to range and he was acting normally again.
Finally took him back at 11:25.
I ran to the cafeteria and grabbed some lunch. Chicken parmesan and broccoli and bread. And for those who know me, yes, the broccoli was the best part of the meal! :) Then I headed to the waiting room. I sat in a corner where there is still some phone service but also where I could see down the hallway when the wheeled him out. It was out of the way so I could be unnoticed too.
But ... it's like a class reunion there. Apparently, it's not just Manny who is memorable as they remember me even when he's not with me.
First I saw Mary Beth ... a great tech from last week. She's a grandma type who was there for the procedure when his stomach didn't empty and he was retching and having a hard time.
Next was the Chaplain Molly. She was like, "Weren't you just here?"
And then wouldn't you know it ... Dr. Cartaya walked by. He of course inquired about the situation and why he wasn't our doctor. I told him the ER said his service wasn't available. To which he said, "Uh, yes it is." And he told me that it is ALWAYS available.
They expeted the procedure to be about 20-30 minutes. So imagine my stress level going up as it hit 1pm and he still wasn't out. By 1:15 he was out and apparently he is just difficult. He was mildly sedated so he wasn't traumatized (thankfully). But no complications. Then we headed up to recovery. All still fine.
Back to the room 2pm. (Again, I was thrilled that I learned my lesson last time .. this time I had shoes, purse, food, drink, sweater.)
Dana got him all hooked up to feeds.
|forgot to post this, from the waiting room at the ER|
Doc came in and said that if his labs look good today and he tolerates feeds, he can go home tomorrow. His white count has to be in range as well as his Co2 before we can go home.
Lab tech eventually came ... and within an hour ... the l