Several co-workers had been sick and sure enough, by Friday afternoon I had picked up the bug! I immediately started taking antibiotics and Musinex and cough supppresant - I can't be hacking since that sometimes starts a bleed! I was looking forward to getting to CO, where I feel very well cared for! Arrived @ Swedish on Tues. - got admitted and settled in for the night! Had the chance to visit with so many of my favorite nurses! Some came by to say hello when they saw my name on the schedule - Judy, Laura, Jill (my Twilight buddy), Elizabeth, Burgen, Becky, Jack and even Alex (a/k/a, Jacob Black!) a recent tech hire! Can't forget Nicole, Kurt and Dave and Zufon! Got a photo with Victoria - she is so down to earth and always prays for me! Very enthusiastic and has told Celia she has seen patients w/worse avms completely recover, so she knows I'll be fine! I tell you, Kim Kardashian has nothing on me when I'm @ Swedish, I'm quite the popular patient! Even have the papparazzi hounding me! That's what the guy transporting me to OR called Celia as she was shooting photos of me with her camera for my blog!
Dr. Yakes used 15 cc's of alcohol this time - it doesn't sound like a lot, but I had so much swelling! My left eye was completely closed and the area under my chin was very swollen too!
I was admitted under Dr. Pinsinski's name, since Dr. Yakes was leaving the country right after my procedure. Heading to Telaviv and Cairo I believe! He won't be back for a while, so I had to wait an extra 2 weeks later than my usual appt. time for my next procedure! Going back to Dr. Pinsinski - he has an awesome bedside manner and we have a good rapport! Turns out his first career choice had been to be an Astronaut, so he was pretty psyched to find out Celia's brother-in-law is Astronaut Mike Fossum! Gotta hook up Dr. Pinsinski w/some space stuff when we return in January!
I am very happy with how the entire procedure went this time! No problems or set backs! I was anxious to get home to my furry kids and to be home with Mark!
As always, my sister is very generous and treated me to a new phone case @ the Denver airport from Anthony! I had purchased a phone cover from him before (it broke @ Celia's on Thanksgiving when I dropped it) and he remembered me and said he had checked out my blog! So here's Anthony! I ended up getting a fuschia blinged out phone cover and Celia got a light pink blinged out one! We had plenty of time to visit as Celia spent time with me in the hospital as she worked on some needlepoint! I had a couple of books on my Nook to read, so between that and the great staff @ Swedish, I had a very good experience! Would you believe the hospital food is great too? Every night for dinner I had the salmon with pinne pasta w/alfredo sauce and cheescake! Yum! Actually, soon as we picked up the car rental on arrival to Denver, we headed to Sams Dinner (that has been featured in "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives") for some down home cooking! Had some delicious meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy and veggies!
P.S. Had turned in for the night when I felt a trickle of fluid coming out of my mouth. Sure enough - had a minior bleed. Just had to get up and rinse my mouth out - didn't even pack it w/gauze! Whew!
Oh! Found out too that doc won't be going out of the country after all, so I'll get to see him in 5 weeks as I have been doing, instead of having to wait the extra few weeks putting me almost @ the end of January - which was kinda scary, since I always tend to have problems right before my scheduled embolization. Whew!