We arrived at Children’s Hospital around 5:30 am. Ryan is now in pre-op, but nothing can happen in getting him ready for surgery until Sue returns from registration. So, for now we just wait. We arranged to have him taken directly from the ambulance to an isolated room, with isolation precautions.
But, for whatever reason, the nurse that met us at the entry bay didn’t realize this. We told her Ryan is to be taken directly to the 2nd floor, but she resisted, saying “there’s nothing on the second floor”. I call people like this “KIAs”‘ short for Know It Alls”. Obviously, there are things on the 2nd floor and we knew what… Pre-op. Sue handled it in her delicate way (telling her Ryan is a direct-admit) and we headed up. I am much less tolerant, and Sue saved me from making an ass of myself. It sure helps to know the hospital language, especially when a KIA nurse greets us at the door.
When he eventually does begin getting prepped, it will be the same old drill. I know this protocol well. It’s basic stuff, like starting an IV line, taking vitals, and meeting with the team of doctors and nurses that will be in the operating room with him. For our part, we have streamlined this process by having his past medical records, surgeries, illnesses, medications, and various other records in a binder that we just hand over. It reduces an otherwise daunting and confusing process.
Surgery is scheduled for 7:30. I expect to update shortly after he is taken in.