How are you? Did y'all have a good Thanksgiving? As always, my sister Celia sets an elegant table with wonderful gourmet recipes for all the side dishes! Greg fried one turkey and baked another! Davis was here from California, Mark came in from San Antonio and my co-worker/friend Diana also joined us! I know she was happy to finally meet Mark and Davis since I talk about them so much! My family is grateful to Diana for always being there for me when I've had bleeds @ work! Blood doesn't scare her and she's offered emotional support as well!
Had a late lunch @ Ted's Montana Grill and I was hoping to see my buddy Michelle that is one of the waitresses @ the restaurant! Wouldn't you know it, the hour she went home was the time we were there! Celia and I both ordered the bison meatloaf with mashed potatoes and squash on the side!
Hey, remember I told you about that t-shirt Jim had made for me? (Actually he got me 2!) That's what I'm wearing in the photo - it says, "It's an avm - Google it"! So tired of people staring @ me all the time!
Don't know why Celia and I hadn't thought of this sooner, but I slept in one of the sofa chairs with my feet on the couch @ the hotel! Worked out much better for me than trying to prop myself up with pillows on their too soft mattress! We never were able to get Apria to bring over any air humidifier/compressors for my trache, so Celia bought a couple of small humidifies @ Wal-Green's hoping they would help!
We needed to get an updated x-ray of my teeth, so here I am with Randi Valleti, Dr. Robinson's nurse!
I'm trying to do this in a hurry before we have to leave again for CO - more about that in a bit!
So later that day I report to Swedish, and right away, I saw one of the admitting clerks, Darlene and she gave me a big hug! Went up to Dr. Yakes office to say hello and talked to Becky, one of his patient coordinators for a bit. I think the other P.A.'s were busy with patients. I know one of them was out on maternity leave!
After getting all my paperwork in order, headed up to 7 North, the area I usually stay in! One of the first people to welcome me was Zufan - one of the techs that's been there a while and has taken care of me - she is from Ethiopia. As I was waiting for my designer gown and things in my room, I was checking my Facebook account and noticed a fellow avm-er had just written that she was arriving in CO! Wow! I was super excited to know I may have a chance to meet up with Ashely Stanley from West Texas! I had been writing to her on Facebook for a bit now and she was having an embolization with Dr. Yakes the following morning!
The nurse told me I would probably be taken to surgery about 6:30 a.m. and Celia said that was too early for her, so she would be seeing me later in the day! I had asked her to have something ready for me to write with and on in case I couldn't speak after surgery. Anyway, the time comes and I was transported to ambulatory care. I asked one of the nurses if Ashley was anywhere nearby - and she was so she came over to where I was laying in bed waiting to get to be taken to surgery. It was so great meeting her - she is so sweet! After I got a chance to visit with her, one of the anesthesiologist that had taken care of me before, Wendy, came over to say hello! I remember before getting the trache I was having a hard time opening my mouth very wide, and Wendy said she had lain awake the night before one of my procedures, worried that she wouldn't be able to intubate me for surgery! Then the hospital Chaplain came in and we were talking, when Dr. Robinson came in! He asked what was going on and the Chaplain said we were about to pray, so Dr. Robinson shut the curtain around us and we all held hands and prayed together! Right after that, Dr. Yakes peeked in to say hello! Wow, I was thinking I wished Celia were there to take photos!
Here I am shortly after getting out of recovery and meeting Ashley!
Ok, everyone - hope you had a great holiday season and not sure when I'll get to blog again, so if I don't talk to you soon - Have a Happy New Year!
Love to all!