Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Wait & See

Gerry's procedure today (it seems odd to call it a surgery) seemed to go pretty well, he was up and walking around a few hours afterward, and now we're home, he's resting, and we'll see in the next few days whether it's had a strong impact on his pain. We certainly hope so.

It's so odd to face this - as minor as it is (I know, pain is NEVER minor - but in the scheme of illnesses there are other folks hurting more...) but what we both have to realize is that Gerry will probably never be the lifting and carrying guy he's always been. Selfishly, I'm thinking about how it affects me - Gerry's the one with the pain.

The experience at St. Joseph's Hospital was so great! Everyone was - no surprise - very nice. The registration process was so different from registrations at St. B's back in NJ for my procedures - the main difference being that we felt like human beings.

After Gerry was settled and had his IV put in, they directed me to a special surgical waiting room which was the nicest waiting room I'd ever seen. It was divided into small room-lets, largeish cubicles, nicely lit and with comfortable-yet-slightly-corporate furniture. Some of the cubicles had recliners, some had TV's, some had kids toys.

We had to be 'on the list' to be allowed to wait in that room - but what a nice and humane thing, to allow folks do NOT want to leave the hospital while their loved ones are in surgery a comfortable place to sort of camp out. I watched a bit of Nurse Betty on TV, then the doctor - who looked 12 - came in to tell me that everything had gone well and we could go home after Gerry'd rested for a few hours.

Did I mention the Valet parking? The $3 Valet parking? The $3 Valet parking which was FREE when they validated the card up in surgery? AND they brought the car around to a different door (the nurse called down for me) that was easier for Gerry to manage.

It's sad that such wonderful treatment is a source of amazement to me, but it is.

And I'm SO glad that we're here to experience it. I'm still sort of burned up that the back SPECIALIST in NJ didn't catch this, and even had Gerry do a few weeks of Physical Therapy (which would NOT have helped this condition) before we moved out here. Sheesh.

I did get a LOT of knitting done while waiting - it's true that you do knit much faster in a hospital. I have to dig out my sewing machine and make up a suit I'm envisioning and an evening dress. I figure for the Project Runway audition I'll bring a sewn garment, a knit garment, and a blended garment with both knit and stitching involved. I SO need a haircut.


anne marie in philly said...

WOO-HOO for gerry!

((((((((((hugs)))))))))) sent your way. and good thoughts and karma too!

March 14, 2007 6:12 PM  
Anonymous said...

Sending positive thoughts your way.

Punkin in Oregon

March 14, 2007 9:02 PM  
Carol said...

Good to hear that the hospital experience was a good one. Glad to hear Gerry is doing well!

March 14, 2007 9:19 PM  
swtrknttr said...

I'm very happy to hear that your first major experience with the MN medical system was a good one!

Now for that haircut... I'm sure there are wonderful experienced haircutters out there that your readers can recommend for that Project Runway closeup (I even have one), but here's a little clue for those non-televised days if you have a little extra time, don't want to spend alot of money and you want to take a chance. For a "Project Runway hair and relaxation experience" we have Aveda school right over in NE Mpls. While the hair cuts and colors are clogged with masses of people especially on Saturdays, the facials upstairs are a world apart, away from the crowd and a real treat that's affordable. They even do massages for those aching bones!

March 14, 2007 9:37 PM  
Susanne said...

I have to ask, exactly what "procedure" was done on Gerry's back to relieve pain? I read through some previous posts and just didn't pick it up. Sorry to be so dense...:)

March 14, 2007 9:48 PM  
Jess said...

St. Joe's is a very nice hospital. My daughter was born there and if for any reason I need to be hospitalized again I'd definitely choose them. I hope the procedure takes care of Gerry's pain. It was very interesting to read about what they'd be doing to him.

The Project Runway stuff sounds very exciting! I hope you do well with that.

March 14, 2007 10:05 PM  
Shelly Kang said...

Hey, Annie!

I'm sending positive thoughts to you and your family! It's ok to be having those thoughts about how this will affect your life too. It just means that you're committed to sticking through it with him! Don't beat yourself up, but I don't think you probably were anyway.

Also, I'd still love to get together for that cup of coffee and chat when you're up to it.

March 14, 2007 10:07 PM  
dragon knitter said...

is it too personal to ask what kind of procedure gerry had? i'm glad to hear it went well. let's cross our fingers about the pain. and i'm also crossing my fingers about project runway. now that would REALLY put knitting on the map!

March 14, 2007 10:56 PM  
donnac368 said...

It is amazing when we are disarmed by good service. My Dad's old Pain Management Dr. (what is that anyway?) had Dad on all kinds of mind numbing pills until he finally moved along to another dr. who performed surgery and now is doing better - back/wise. Good luck and we'll all be pulling for you here out in blogland.

March 15, 2007 6:42 AM  
mjs said...

my thoughts are with you and your whole family. when any member of a unit as tight as yours is in pain, it effects all of you - don't feel bad about both caring for and planning for your futures together.

missing you in new york - but maybe you'll be back...?!

March 15, 2007 10:05 AM  
Megan said...

Hope your DH gets better soon! And Project Runway, how cool!!

March 15, 2007 11:07 AM  
Kim said...

So glad Gerry seems to be doing better. That hospital sounds heavenly! Not that I want to do anything that would send me there....

March 15, 2007 11:43 AM  
Em said...

Glad to hear that your hospital experience went smoothly. I recently had to go in with my husband, too, and found like you did that the waiting room was much nicer than expected and that knitting eased the time there. Healing thoughts for Gerry!

Best of luck with the Poject Runway prep!

March 15, 2007 11:46 AM  
Nancy said...

I'm glad to hear Gerry's procedure went well. Aren't NICE hospitals wonderful?! Been there (too often), done that!
And, it's not wrong to consider how your spouse's situation is going to affect you - it's being realistic because it's all real scary to have your spouse go through anything medically. You have to wonder about what's going to change and how it's going to affect you.
Now get to work on Project Runway!

March 15, 2007 11:46 AM  

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