Friday, July 27, 2012

~What Happens In the OR.....~

It's so easy to just 'mush' your way through life.....day-to-day, rolling along on your own 'schedule', whether it be a day of work or play....weekday or weekend day.....day you're looking forward to.....or not.  Before you know it, it's another week, month, year later. And the older you get, the faster it flies.

Life was going along just that way for me. Life without Mom was getting a bit easier as the days went by. Until Wednesday. An unexpected surgery threw me right into, "I need my Mom" mode. Just that quickly.

To backtrack a bit...the winter-before last, during a bout with pneumonia that my lungs just wouldn't let go of, my dr. sent me for a chest x-ray. Plain ol' chest x-ray. Nothing unusual. Just to see what was going on. Well....he called to say he had good news and bad news: the good: my lungs were fine; the bad: they saw "something" near my pancreas or spleen.  So....more tests. Conclusion: I had a splenic artery aneurysm.  Many ultrasounds and CAT scans later.....the vascular surgeon "thought" is was totally encapsulated with no blood flow. A good thing, as when these rupture, death is the result. FYI: there are no telling symptoms like there are with brain or heart aneurysms. So......he would check it again. And guess what: he thought he detected bloodflow this time.

I went in Wed. for an "embolization" of the aneurysm. Terrified. Reassured that I'd be totally asleep. Well....they lied. I was WIDE awake. Granted, I was in no pain....but waiting the entire time for the "good stuff" that would put me out. It didn't come!! Seems they needed me to hold my breath at times. Hmmm.
At one point, I said I was bored....and asked if it was okay if I sang a few songs! Anyone who knows me knows that that is NOT something I would normally volunteer to do. But sang I did: nursery rhymes and church hymns.  Afterward I was feeling uncomfortably embarrassed, when a sweet nurse whispered in my ear, "Honey...what happens in the OR, STAYS in the OR"!!

Outcome: the aneurysm was totally encapsulated, so no embolization was needed. Seems my body had already 'rerouted' the blood through a new path into the artery. I cannot tell you how relieved I was when the surgeon told me. I immediately clasped my hands and started saying prayers of thanksgiving...right there in the OR.

Wheeled back into recovery to lay flat for the next 4 hours....I thought to myself: As soon as I can sit up I need to call Mom. She'll be worried. And then I remembered where she was. And that she already knew.

So now, 5 days of doing nothin'....reading books.....cuddling with Rosie....and saying MANY prayers of thanksgiving for talented surgeons, diagnostic machines....and chest x-rays!!  Count your blessings!

13 comments:

Poppy's Mommy said...

AMEN.

Carol said...

You can say that again! Thanks for being there with me through it, Toots. There's NOTHING in this world like a sister!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxox to heaven and back~ Other Toots~

Jen http://sweetbabystylishmom.com said...

SOOOO glad everything turned out ok. Now just relax and rest...something you never do!! lol xoxo hugs...

Carol said...

Thanks, Jen! You know only too well that we "A-types" have an awful time doing nothing...hence my 'boredom' in the OR!! But I know that opening needs to heal or I'll end up back in the OR!!! We need to get together after this~xoxoxo

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

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Dolores said...

Oh my goodness Carol, I was holding my breath as I was reading your post.
You must have been terrified from the beginning of the doctor's phone call til the end of the surgery.

Thank you God that Carol is well! I understand about missing your mom at a time like this..... She was there, only in a different way.
Hugs,

Carol said...

Thank you, Dolores! Yes...Mom was there~ xoxoxoxoxox

Carol said...

Thank you, Jerry! xoxoxoxox

Mel said...

M'wah! xoxoxoxo

Carol said...

mwah back atcha, Mel dear~ I just opened the dearest photos of 4 of my favoritest people. They're all precious. You are so so blessed, Mel. xoxoxoxoox Mama B.

Lynne said...

Well, so much for a plain 'ole scan, huh? What a year you're having! So glad you are alright!

Sandi McBride said...

I am so glad it w as all a tempest in a teapot...I don't know that I could have done my surgery this past april while awake...they'd have had to tote me off to the loony bin....you brave girl!!! Warm hugs for your recovery!
Sandi

Kat said...

So glad you are healthy and well. What a scary experience. And it always amazes me that no matter how old I get I still need my mom for certain things.
Prayers of comfort for you!