Friday, December 8, 2017

The operation that wasn't...

I woke up to the alarm on Thursday. I couldn't eat or drink anything since midnight, because I was supposed to have the operation to remove my left cataract.

I shaved, showered and got dressed. They specifically told me to wear a short sleeved shirt, so I did.

I sat in the living room, dying of thirst, and waited for my brother Joe. It was lightly snowing here, enough to cover the driveway.

Joe came right on time, bearing gifts: A container of soup from Kathy! Thanks!!!

We easily made it to the surgical center in plenty of time. I got registered and we sat and chatted in the waiting room until they called my name. I went in back and got into a gown (over my shirt and open in front) and a hair net. I got up on a table and they started prepping me.

One nurse hooked me up with a blood pressure cuff on my right arm, an oxygen tube in my nose, a heart rate clip on my finger and then went to stick on EKG cables. This was exacerbated by my t-shirt. She said I shouldn't have worn the t-shirt. I told her all they said on the phone was to wear a short sleeve shirt, they never mentioned a t-shirt.

Sidebar: The short sleeve shirt made sense as I thought it was so they could easily put an IV in my arm.


But, they tried to stick the IV in the back of my left hand. That attempt failed, so they tried my right hand and it took! They then switched the blood pressure cuff on my left arm.

Another nurse put nine different drops in my eye, one that burned like hell. 

They drew a little blood and the anesthesiologist came in to talk to me. He was still talking when the nurse came in and asked him to step outside the curtain.

Uh, oh... That's never good.

He came back in and said they couldn't operate on me today as my blood sugar way too high today!

So. they all started disconnecting me. They gave me back my glasses and cane and kicked me out! I was pissed!

Joe drove me back home and gave me a router table and two bar clamps he said he didn't need. Thanks! Sorry for making you drive all that way for nothing.

I called Vicky (she asked me to) and she started laughing. I said, "What?" She said, "See, I told you I have to drive you." Maybe next time...

I sent a text to Amanda (she asked me to) and she was pissed. She asked me what blood sugar had to do with eye surgery. I said I never thought to ask.

Sidebar: I know diabetes has an effect on your eyes as my eye doctor always does some test and faxes the results to my primary care physician. 

So, I have another surgery date on December 21 for what was supposed to be my right eye. I was going to call and ask if we could make that my left. I figured I could get the blood sugar down in two weeks. I'll just watch what I eat and drink and check it every day.

Sidebar: I am guilty of drinking way too much peach flavored ice tea and that has a lot of sugar in it. But, they do sell a diet version of it.

When I called, they still had their "the office is closed today for the Holiday (Thanksgiving I presume). So, I'll try calling tomorrow to cancel my tomorrow's post surgery appointment and run my idea past them. If the phone is still messed up, I'll drive over there.

I had a big drink of water and ate breakfast. Then I went back to bed. I finally fell asleep. When I woke up, I had a container of yogurt and an apple for lunch.

I exhanged texts from Jake and told him about the day.

I putzed off in the afternoon. I put the tab on the truck and put the new registration and insurance in the glove box. Then I washed the stove top. Should have done that after Thanksgiving dinner, because it took a lot of elbow grease to get the crap off of it.

I went out and got the mail. It had stopped snowing, but was still damn cold!

I had some canned chili for dinner. I missed a call from Melissa, so I called her back and told her the story of my non-surgery.

I had a lot of trouble falling asleep, but finally dozed off at 12:30 a.m.

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