Word from the hospital

Just a quick note this morning to let you all know surgery was very successful.  The doctor was very pleased.  DH, himself, is less amused!  The doctor is very pro-pain control, and set up a pain pump.  These machines are designed to give you a baseline dose of pain medicine.  You can press a button to deliver a booster dose, and  the nurses advise you not to miss a booster dose during the first day.

All well and good.  Here is where the problem began:  DH is a retired systems analyst.  His doctorate is in high temperature inorganic chemistry.  He is a very precise man.  When they told him he should press the button for the booster of pain med every 12 minutes, that’s exactly what he tried to do.  But the pain was getting worse and worse.  The nurse came to the room promptly (what a hospital!)  and checked the record of the pump:  5 missed doses!  It seems if you press the button at 11 minutes and 59 seconds, you get nothing.  It still beeps the same, gives no indication.  Sigh.

The good doctor was consulted, and upped the dosage.  DH went on to a plan of pushing the button every 15 minutes so there would be no doubt of 12 minutes having gone by.  After about an hour (pain medicine can’t play “catch up” very well) he was sleeping.  Ah!

Oh, one more thing:  Happy Birthday to me!  I’ll be spending the day knitting feather and fan and dispensing ice chips.

Here’s a picture of Minky sitting on the coffee table (discouraged, but unenforceable) promoting the Susan Wittig Albert paperback.  I’ll take that to the hospital, too.

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3 Comments

  1. margene said,

    August 29, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Happy Birthday to you!!!!

  2. Susan Albert said,

    August 29, 2008 at 10:49 am

    My very best wishes for a speedy recovery for your DH, some quiet reading time for you, and a few stolen coffee table moments for Minky (who reminds me of my dear, long-departed PK). Hope you enjoy Spanish Dagger!

    All best,
    Susan

  3. Knitnana said,

    August 29, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I’ll keep you and DH in my prayers. I love Susan’s books! And Minky looks as if he’d like to go with you to visit!
    (((hugs)))


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