Friday, April 27, 2012

Dentist & Pre-Surgery Instructions

Chris had his teeth cleaned this morning.  They also did an X-ray, and found three small cavities.  This was shocking because Chris has only ever had one cavity before and he has been taking the best care of his teeth in his life this last 6 months.   He's guessing it's because he's eating a lot differently and consuming a lot less milk since the gastric bypass.

We had quite a few e-mails and phone calls with the heart surgeon's assistant today.   She had several responses to questions we were hoping to have answered before the surgery.   Here's what she said:
  • Check in at  “check in” desk in front lobby of hospital at 0830-PRE OP appt scheduled for 0900. (They will get Mr. Ross checked in and then send him to Pre-surgical admissions on the third floor.)
  • Meet with anesthesia, get consented for surgery on third floor-(they will have your packet of tests for you, and let you know what time to arrive Wednesday morning at this meeting)
  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight Tuesday, May 1st.   (I hope she means May 8th -- a whole week without food might not be good!  Guess I have to call and double-check.)
  • Take medications as usual Tuesday, and continue peritoneal dialysis as usual Tuesday. (Dr. Gomez-Abraham will discuss with Nephrology re:placing access catheter and dialysis after surgery.)
Later, she asked about his teeth and I let her know that he had just had his teeth cleaned this morning.  He had been cleared by Dr. McRae back in November, I think it was, for the kidney surgery.  I gave her his number so she could check in with the dentist.

Tonight, Chris decided to go on an 11-hour cycle with the dialysis machine.   He's in there with both cats.   Here they are:

First, we have Dusty napping on the chair in the dialysis room.

And then there's Digit, Daddy's princess, under the covers(!) purring.  *sigh*  This used be my awesome blanket.  I've even ordered a new one, but it just wasn't the same so I sent it back.  She better keep her paws off my husband!

Right now, I hear "Are you warm and comfortable, Digit?   You look warm and comfortable."

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