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Retina surgery…the day at a glance!

3:30 am – alarm goes off. Eye surgery day. Dr. Benjamin Spirn is going to remove scar tissue from Mark’s retina which is impairing his vision.

4:50 am – Dunkin donuts for coffee and sandwich.

5:25 am – check at JFK Hospital.

6:20 am – brought into Same day Surgery unit. Blood drawn. Blood pressure and pulse. More waiting.

7:40 am – potassium level is too high. It is 6.2 should be under 5.5. blood redraw done. They said sample hemolyed which may cause high reading. Mark’s never had high potassium so I think it is a lab issue.

8:15 am – waiting for bloodwork to come back. Eye drops are administered. Five different drops and three of each.

8:25 am – Dr. Spirn comes to see us. He says if potassium is not lower he won’t do the surgery because there is a high risk of heart attack. He will make determination after results come back. He is taking his next patient.

9:10 am – blood work is back. The potassium level is now 5.0. The surgery is on. I believe we are next after he does the surgery on the patient who was in the slot after us.

9:25 am – been awake for 6 hours and fading fast. Yawn. Guess who has a bed, blanket and pillow and us snoring away? It is not ME!

9:35 am – Dr. Kinsey, the anesthesiolgist came by to pick up Mark’s chart for review. Does that mean surgery is soon?

10:10 am – Operating room nurse came by. They are still with the other patient. More waiting. And for the record, she asked all the same questions as the last 10 people.

10:45 am – Dr. Spirn came in and talked us. It should be soon.

10:59 am – Dr Kinsey came in to briefly talk to Mark. He will be putting in the IV although I was a little concerned when he wanted to put it in the left arm even though there is a bright pink Limb Alert bracelet because they can’t use that arm because of the graft.

Now I do more waiting. Dr. Spirn says it will take about an hour. I figure I won’t hear anything until close to 1:00. Then an hour in recovery, and back to floor one where we started. I figure I am gonna be here for another 3 hours, at least.

12:55 pm – surgery is over! Dr. Spirn cleaned out the blood, removed the scar tissue, and did some laser surgery to reoair the leaky blood vessels. He put an air bubble in the eye to seal it and create a patch so it can heal. Mark will have a patch for a day. Dr. S thinks this will improve his vision and help in the long run. Mark is on his way to recovery and in a little while they will call me to go over there.

We have some prescriptions. We go to see Dr. S tomorrow morning for patch removal and check up.

So I think the worst is over…as far as this episode goes…

Can’t wait to go home and take a nap! Been awake for just short of ten hours and functioning on 3 hours of restless sleep!

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