This week I paid a surprise visit to the hospital. When stomach pain grew worse, a trip to the ER showed appendicitis. I was in surgery before I could think much about it. So my random 5 this week come from a hospital stay, in a room complete with the patio view shown here.
1. It takes a village. I was amazed at the sheer number of people who helped me out. ER nurses, CT techs, EKG tech, lab folks, orderlies wheeling me down the corridors, a competent and friendly surgeon, anesthesiologist, many more nurses, assistants, dieticians, and a case manager. From the nurse who chatted with me at 4 a.m. about running to the assistant who kept peeking around the curtain to frown at my uneaten meals, people took really good care of me.
2. Trust. This is the kind of surgery you can’t plan for. It just happens with no preparation. It was a little frightening to say good-bye to Curt and enter the OR and know I was going under the knife. We ran into one of Curt’s doctors in the hall and he assured us the team waiting for me in the OR was the best. I trusted them and trusted God. And I was relieved to wake up on the other side.
3. Quiet. This waking up was a bit jarring. A man in recovery with me was yelling about his quadruple bypass. I couldn’t quite work out in my grogginess how a man who had heart surgery could yell so loudly. Then the nurse came to me and smiled and said, “You’re a quiet one.” I felt no need to yell about my appendix. I think the nurse appreciated that.
4. Beeping. If you have an IV in the crook of your elbow, and you bend your arm, it gets a kink. And the machine beeps. I never did get the hang of this. I would talk on my phone and set off the beeper. I would try to eat pudding and set it off. I brushed my teeth and beeped. One time my roommate’s visitor asked what the sudden beeping was. “Oh, that’s my roommate. She’s beeping again. Nothing to worry about.” Just call me The Beeper.
5. Thankful. This week I’ve seen so clearly that I have so much to be thankful for. My husband and my mom are right here for me, whatever I need. I’m already home and taking walks outside, recovering nicely. The pain was due to something easily diagnosed and treated. No wondering, nothing more long-term and serious. I’m one grateful patient!
Hoping your week is going well and hospital-free!
Linking up with Random 5 Friday.