Nicole’s Surgery: It Starts

Nicole mentioned a while back, I think, that I (Brian, her husband) would be posting on her behalf during her surgery and recovery, to keep you up-to-date on what was going on.

Right now, I’m sitting in the waiting room at the Rothman Institute, while she is prepped for surgery.  Once her IVs are started and the anesthesia has begun, I and her mother will be brought back to see her, one at a time.  It’s early right now, six in the morning; we were up at 3:30.  Very soon she’ll be under the knife.

The surgery, itself, will take about two hours, but I don’t imagine that we’ll be able to see her for closer to three.  Her mother and I will be staying with her for the bulk of the day, with infrequent forays back home to take care of the dogs and make sure they’re not freaking out about being left home all day.  She’ll be staying overnight tonight, and will be released tomorrow (or, that’s the plan, at least).

There’s some dispute regarding recovery time; the doctor has told us 7-10 days, then she’ll be walking on her own, and that she won’t need narcotics.  The physician’s assistant, on the other hand, has quoted us 10-14 days on a walker, and on narcotics.  We aren’t sure who to believe at this point; the doctor has more medical knowledge, but the assistant probably has more practical experience with recovering patients.  We’ll see I guess.

That’s all for now; I’ll update again when she’s out of surgery.

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