Hi Everyone! We're home again! Sorry it's taken me a bit to write, but I needed to get my bearings after the trip, dealt w/a little bleeding and wanted to spend time w/Hanzarella before I sit a while @ the computer! Mark and I had a pretty uneventful trip - started with Mom showing up an hour early to take us to the airport!
Luckily the flight from Corpus to Houston is short, because the old guy in front of me leaned his seat back - we barely have room as it is! Guess he was all comfy cozy, so he ordered a beer! It's barely 10 am sir!
There were two lovely ladies to my right named Diane and Ruth on the stretch between Houston/CO! They are sisters and their husbands were horseback riding on a dude ranch in CO! I had to say, "like in City Slickers"? I believe Diane said something about thier husbands were sending a limo for them to the hotel to take them out to the ranch - cool! We "talked dog" since Ruth's daughter has a couple Jack Russells! They asked about my Nook and they really helped make my flight more enjoyable. Usually that last hour on the plane has me figety with anxiety and claustrophobia!
Went to dinner @ Mimi's Cafe in the Lone Tree area and then to a petstore to enjoy some pups! Finally headed to Swedish where Mark dropped me off in the lobby w/all our luggage as he parked the car. Right away I see one of my favorite nurses wheeling out a patient. Rick Smith is the best post op nurse I've ever had - he thought I was on my way out, but I assured him we had just arrived! Checked in @ the 7th floor nurses station to be greeted by lots of friendly faces, smiles and hugs! Jill (my Twilight buddy) was there, Dave Labadie (original dream team from first embolization) and Alex, one of the new techs (a/k/a Taylor Lautner)! During my stay I enjoyed being taken care of by more of my faves, Judi, Laura and Burgess! Didn't get to sleep until 4:30 a.m., but I would be the last one going in to OR the next day, so no problem!
Lately, since I have been checking in the day before the embolization, I was under the impression that I no longer went to post op. Wrong! Apparently, I just wasn't waking up until I was in my room - except for this time. I woke up and guess I was feeling like I wasn't getting enough oxygen, so my instinct was to sit up from the flat position I was laying in so I could breathe better! Well, more often than not, Dr. Yakes does an arteriogram and that means a groin stick and I have to lay flat several hours afterwards otherwise I'll bleed all over the place from that stick! Course as I'm coming out of the anesthesia and all, so I'm just going with my instinct - but I remember the anesthesiologist Wendy and another nurse trying to tackle me back down to a flat position! I started praying Hail Mary's to calm myself down and knew I needed to relax as hard as that was! Aaak!
So happy to get home to our babies! Our neighbor Shauna takes really great care of them while we are in CO! Rested all day Sunday and back to work on Monday! Mark had called that he would be working late, so I was home alone when I had a bleed that afternoon - darn! Ugh! That was bound to happen.
Got some very discouraging news from fellow AVM-er Shalon on Facebook! I don't know the detaiils right now, but I do know that she has already been given the "we are done" twice, and had to have a little more embolization after a 6 month MRI follow up - but she just expereinced a massive bleed! Oh no! I was hoping the closer we got toward the end of the treatments, the lesser chance of bleeding! Apparently it's just not going to completely stop bleeding untill the avm is entirely shut down! :( Well, on the bright side - my pseudomonous infection IS done and I'll be back in CO with Celia @ the end of the month!
Thank you everyone for keeping up with us! Enough drama! Talk to you soon!
Mark, Cyndi, Hanz and Bella!
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