I was scheduled at noon for a trip to the OR (or so said the chart note) for endoscopy with Dr. Swanstrom. He’d said as much when he came and visited me yesterday morning, as well.
But I know Dr. Swanstrom. He’s the kind of guy who has ten patients scheduled before noon time and really thinks he can get all of those procedures done before noon. Yeah, not so much.
So – noon came and went.
I got up to pee.
I reclined and snoozed a bit.
At 1:30 pm, Cassie, my CNA came to tell me that there were still four people ahead of me – I shouldn’t be holding my breath or anything. Maybe 3pm.
So I waited.
Sure enough, at 3:00 pm transportation showed up and off I went – to endoscopy, not the OR! I was surprised, but no big deal, you know? They took me into the room, Dr. Swanstrom was there going over paperwork quietly. The nurse came in and introduced herself and said, “Mrs. McBride, have you ever had an endoscopy before?”
Dr. Swanstrom piped up, “Heck, she’s had so many of them she could probably do this one!”
Too funny! I laughed and agreed.
So they were doing more prep and I asked if they were going to use my power PICC for the anesthesia.
“Wow,” the nurse said, “You really do know the procedure down here don’t you?”
To which I quipped, “See one, do one, teach one!”
Dr. Swanstrom then interjected, “Yeah, but you always fall asleep when I’m showing you how they’re done!”
The guy is hilarious.
Interestingly enough – I did not go to sleep this time. Yeah, I got the Versed and Fentanyl – but I stayed awake – I just didn’t give a rip about anything. Wasn’t unpleasant at all – and of course, I’d left my glasses in my room so I couldn’t really see anything.
But, there was a finding – there is another fistula, darn it all. So – pretty much – I’m (can you guess?)…
I *think* this means that they’ll take me back in and deal with it like they did with the others (which are holding beautifully, by the way).
The residents who have come to see me this morning can’t read Dr. Swanstrom’s handwriting so they don’t know what the plan of action is. I doubt I’ll see Zelko until this evening, if at all – he’s usually in surgery on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
So I’ll wait.
And sip on my clears – which I’ve been told are okay. Which means nothing is happening early today, that’s for sure! When they make me NPO then we’ll know something is afoot.
Kirk Franklin is probably my all time favorite artist. If you ever get the chance to read about his life – do. He’s a very real guy with a very real faith. And he has this uncanny ability to encourage my heart. Here you go – enjoy: