Thursday, October 26, 2006

Surgery Update

I got a date for Whitney's surgery. It will be Friday, November 17th. I was so glad to hear they could fit us in next month. I wanted to get most of the post-op appointments done before the holidays and we're just hanging around here for Thanksgiving, so we should be good.

One of the most annoying things about her previous surgeries was that she had to have a pre-op appt a week or two before the surgery date. We would drive up there for an hour, sit in the waiting room for 30-45 minutes, be seen by a nurse who would take her temp and listen to heart(maybe 5-10 minutes max), and then drive home for an hour. It was such a waste of time. I asked Dr. Buckley if we could just do her pre-op the same day as surgery this time and he agreed. That's what they do for patients who travel from far away, but they consider us local, I guess.

We don't get assigned an arrival time until the day before surgery. I'm hoping for as early as possible so Whit doesn't have to starve for too long. They usually assign the youngest patients first, so I'm afraid there will be younger ones ahead of her. We'll have to wait and see.


The Hallstrom Family said...

I'm glad you were able to get the appointment. Hopefully this will be her last surgery! At least she's patch free now, although the patching was increasing your artistic abilities dramatically, don't you think??

Mom and Dad Sweat said...

Who is that woo-woo woman with the big earrings? Once again, we've been "unrefreshed" and I didn't realize we'd missed your last 5 postings because for some reason our computer can't keep up with your healthy pace of updated blogging. Dennis finally showed me that "Reload current page" is the same command as "Refresh." Who knew? We were so happy to get the latest information on Whitney and to see her picture without any patching and hear that you didn't have to patch any more - at least for now! It was like a breath of fresh air to look at her and think of her eye just staying that way. You will be in our thoughts and prayers and we will put Whitney's name on the Temple prayer roll here too -
Love you all - Sorry about Brandon's run-in with the chronic cougher, but thanks for sharing everything with all your loyal readers!
Mom and Dad

Amy said...

I'm suprised to hear you say that there might be patients younger than her for that day. She seems so little to operate on, I can't imagine working on younger kids. Is that common? I'm sure she'll do great and hopefully she'll be so excited about seeing Dr. Buckley that she'll forget all about breakfast.

andrea said...

When she was 11 months and 14 months for her previous surgeries, she wasn't the first one on either day. I know, it's hard to imagine little tiny babies being operated on. But the doctor we see at Duke is a Pediatric Opthalmologist, so he pretty much only sees kids and some of them ARE really young.