After the game, Jeffrey's head hung low with quiet wetness dripping down his cheeks. I asked my ball player if he was sad because of the loss or because of surgery. He said, "Surgery. I don't want it to hurt." His Aunt Kimmy started tearing up, so in typical emotional mom fashion, my eyes welled up and I hugged my big brave boy tightly.
With well wishes from parents and teammates, we headed home, dropping Jack off to Grandmom on the way. We grabbed some last minute travel items while Jeffrey showered, then we headed to Baltimore.
Since we had to be at the hospital to register by 6:30 am we slept at the Hackerman Patz House.
Fast Forward through sleep til 5:45 am.
No food or drink.
6:25 am: registered at Sinai
6:50 am: headed up to Rubin Institute of Advanced Orthopedics (RIAO) to get pre-surgery xrays
(only the whole room was empty because it was super early and no one was there yet)
7:45 am: measured by Jeremy for his hip orthosis brace
8:20 am: pre-op
SURGERY WAITING TIME (was a blurr)
2:30 pm: recovery
|Saw Dr. Standard and Ms. Marilyn in recovery|
4:40 pm: ate one very filling Saltine (not using his hands though because they are still numb and heavy from the i.v.)
6:15 pm: felt feverish/sweaty and looked pale
This got us super nervous because we thought maybe his blood count was low and he would need transfusion. Turned out all was fine.
6:45 pm: feeling better and attempting to eat pancakes and scrambled eggs (thanks, dad, for feeding the patient)
That night was a long night with broken sleep due to vitals being checked every four hours and blood being taken at 4:30 am. That was fun. Poor Jeffrey. At least this is all temporary!
I'll leave you with one little remark from this guy, "She wasn't very gentle." He was referring to the nurse taking his blood samples. Too much, this kid!