Saturday, September 30, 2006

Hi everyone,

Just a note to let you know how it all went. Dale's surgery started at 4:30 (only one hour late!) and ended at 5:45 - precisely what the doctor predicted. Dr. Jeffrey Jones was excellent all round - we would highly recommend him for hand surgery. He screwed in a t- shaped titanium plate along her wrist and arm and said it went perfectly. They ended up giving her general anaesthesia because they couldn't isolate a good vein for the local block. All her fingers are working and she has good sensation in them as well.

I coudn't see her until 8:30 last night (they don't let you go into the recovery room) - I was stuck waiting in the main lobby until then. But luckily they found a private room for her and let me stay with her in another hospital bed. I was glad I could be there for her - everything takes SO long in a hospital. "We'll bring your meds soon," means "In two hours!" Everything took two hours. No wonder they need more nurses out there!

They were all very nice. Dale slept with the help of the pain killers, but I slept only about three hours. They came in the room to check her every hour or so, which was good. All signs were good, and we finally were released by noon and headed home to crash.

Her arm looks awful - it's black and blue all the way up her arm and her fingers are purple, too. The worst part right now is the pain, but she has pills to take which should help ease it for the next few days.

Funny how I feel like I've been through the ringer and all I did was wait and watch. She was a real trooper, though. An amazing woman. You can see my sweetie pie above. But it's all good now and we're just glad it's over.

Talk to you soon,



Jude Hardin said...

Glad to hear everything went okay, Aaron. The Hospital can be a very scary place. I know, I work in one.

s.w. vaughn said...

Oh my gosh -- Dale is so adorable! Seriously! I'm sorry, I don't know if she would be insulted (I hope not) but I could just hug her.

What a lady. :-) I'm so glad everything went well!

(Jeffrey Jones is a fine actor, by the way. I loved him in Sleepy Hollow and Beetlejuice. LOL)

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Thank you, Jude. We need more good staff like you! I appreciate your support, guy.

Aww, thanks, SW. I know Dale wouldn't be insulted, she'd be humbled. You're so kind!

Anonymous said...

Dale! Hi! (waves!) I agree with SW. The long-elusive lady is a doll. I sure hope she's feeling better now. Keep us posted on her recovery, okay?

Bye, Dale. It sure was nice to see you!

Anonymous said...

Glad for Dale and you. All the best.

Emmy Ellis said...

So glad all is well.

My Eldest had a similar op, broke her arm, and has steel plates in there that gave her trouble in the winter as they get really cold! She has two scars, one on each side of her arm, around 8 inches long.


Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Thanks, Steve. So nice to hear from you!

Hi, Michelle! Wow - your daughter's operation was more extensive than Dale's her scar is about four-five inches. Yikes. Poor thing...

Thank you all so much for your support. It means the world to me!