Thursday, June 29, 2006
[photo: the calm before the storm]
Talked with Dr. Andrews and Evans' nurse, Kelly this morning. Mike is scheduled to have the procedure done Friday morning with Dr. Andrews. Yesterday Andrews performed 7 surgeries. Today, Andrews is out of town, so Evans is acting as both of them, with an insane operating schedule at both JHN and the Gibbon building. I think the decision to move Mike to Friday was less about the details of Mike's case than simple scheduling issues. I like the fact that Mike is currently Andrews' only surgery scheduled for Friday. As I said to Kelly, "That makes me feel good. It means Andrews will be relaxed and not rushed, and can take time to do a good job." Kelly laughed.
I'm thinking that I need to get prepared for the drama that comes with surgery. If Mike has a craniotomy tomorrow (Kelly said she wasn't sure if Andrews has decided on an approach yet) then the next week is going to be emotionally and logistically difficult. I'm going to take a nap this morning and see Mike this afternoon... embracing the calm before the storm.
I hate when Mike has surgery on a Friday. Weekends at hospitals are like dead time. Not a lot of doctors or n.p.s around... Everything is just slower to happen.
Plus, Bax doesn't have childcare on weekends. Sunday, Heide and Daniel have offered to be with Bax for a playdate with their daughter Hazel (also 18 months)... That will allow me to be at the hospital for a few hours in the middle of the day. But Saturday I will need some help with Baxter here at home. If you're interested and able to hang with the Baxman from about 9 am - 1 pm on Saturday, please let me know. He's a happy and healthy right now and lots of fun to be with...