Yesterday was a very very long day. I was supposed to be at Toronto Western at 6:15 so coming from Oshawa, we left at 4:15. I didn't want to encounter any rush hour traffic and since I used to do the commute to downtown Toronto on a daily basis, I know how that 401 can back up in an instant.
So no traffic problems encountered and we arrived at 5:30. Sat in the lobby for a half hour then went to where I was supposed to go. The nurse let us in and by 6:30 I was in my little gown, IV in, fully prepped and laying on my stretcher. The nurse said I was first so we were quite pleased about that.
It seems the nurse was wrong because I didn't go until 10:00. What this meant was I had to pee five times before they came for me which sounds okay but I had to unhook my oxygen, hook up to my tank, grab my IV and shuffle over to the bathroom (thank goodness the bathroom was across from my cubicle) all the while trying to hold the back of my gown together...not a pretty picture!
Once in the operating room, I was stressed and of course as a result was huffing and puffing pretty good. They hooked me up to several monitors and then gave me a sedative which really calmed me down.
The procedure only took about an hour and it was a breeze. I felt no pain except toward the end, my back started to spasm. This happens to me when I lay flat for any period of time. The nurse told me to move my left leg to try to make it less painful. It helped a bit.
After they got me back to my cubicle, the nurse started to pull out the first tube and I became very dizzy. She lowered the head of the bed and called the Dr to come. He removed the second tube and put this HUGE clamp on the incision which he then tightened. It remained on for a half hour, was removed and then they put a "sand bag" on it. (The sand bag was two large IV bags taped together.)
I then had to lay there for three more hours (with my back spasming). I asked if I could sit up a tiny bit and this helped tremendously.
Once I was released, it took us over two hours to drive home because we were in the middle of rush hour. Yuck!
However after all this.....the test showed no blockages and my pressures were good!
So now I await a phone call from TGH.
Thanks to everyone for their prayers and support. It meant a lot.
I also have to give my husband a big hug as he sat in a chair beside me listening to me complain for the whole day, then had to battle rush hour!
The best laid plans.... sorry you had to deal with rush hour traffic after such an ordeal. I can only imagine how badly you wanted to just be home. I'm glad everything turned out ok in the end and that it's a go for the next step. Hope you're not too uncomfortable.