December 11, 2008

Surprise surgery

I was at work today when I received a call from Ktreva, she was being taken in for surgery.


Then my world just kind of became a hectic swirl of activity...

This morning Ktreva left the house to go to Madison, to the UW Clinic for a consultation regarding her condition. The apparently the doctor decided after looking at her that he couldn't put of the surgery and had to do it today. Since this was supposed to be just a consultation, we decided I didn't need to go. Especially since someone had to take Clone to school and pick him up after.

So when I was at work gathering all the documentation and evidence to help cover myself for my little problem, I thought KTreva was just calling to tell me she was on her way home. When she told me she was having surgery I went into protective husband mode.

First I had to get to Madison, but I couldn't drive up there because I would have to drive her van back. That meant I needed to find someone to give me a ride. The problem is that Ktreva had my cell phone. She needed it for the nav system to find her way to the clinic. My cell phone is my address book. All of my numbers are in it. Using the internet to the best of my restricted ability at work I found what numbers I could to call for help. Which was only one active number for Wes. HE offered to help, but he had obligations he had to do that were a direct impact on his family so I decided to see if I couldn't find another option.

Thankfully my Dad was able to give me a ride and my mother was able to pick up Clone from School.

Then I had to finish getting some stuff at work to cover my arse. I'm afraid that the cleanup is going to start and I needed back ups of as many documents, e-mails and memos as I could. Fortunately I was able to get 80% of what I needed.

When I get up there Ktreva is waiting in the lobby. She had one surgery, but they where going to do another, deeper, surgery. Before anyone flies off the handle (much like I did), what she is having done is outpatient and didn't require any special outpatient followup other than take it easy. When they finished with the second surgery they called me in to explain what was going to be required of me.

A nurse explained to me that because they need to follow up in a week or two they can't close the wound, so they packed it and put a bandage on it. The nurse had to change the bandage and wanted me to see what I was going to need to do to help her, since Ktreva has limited use of her left arm right now. Before she uncovered the wound she starts describing what I'm going to see, so as not to surprise me.

The whole time she was talking, I kept thinking that I've assisted on autopsies, pulled bodies out of rivers and been to fatal automobile accidents... nothing is going to get to me. The she removed the bandage, and there on my wife was a HUGE gaping wound. I'm talking it is about 3 inches long, 2 inches wide and about an inch deep. Seriously, it looked like something took a huge bite out of her. I could see muscle and sinews. Folks, I about screamed like a little girl when I saw it. I've seen worse... just not on my wife. I didn't react at all mainly because I didn't want to concern Ktreva.

They gave me all the directions and care tips, and I watched as they rebandaged the wound. It was packed with a substance that, honestly, looked like the fake snow they spray on windows. To be honest, it was kind of festive for the time of year... if you where decorating a wound.

Right now Ktreva is home and fighting with me. She is supposed to take it easy and try not to move her arm too much, including no stretching, reaching or lifting anything. Anyone that knows my wife knows that she is anything but complacent with doctor's orders. She's doing fine, a little loopy on the pain meds, but doing fine.

Posted by Contagion in Family Life at December 11, 2008 08:30 PM | TrackBack

Holy crap. What a day.

Sending prayers for a speed recovery and a successful result.

If you need anything, just let me know.

Posted by: Petey at December 11, 2008 10:50 PM

Hope she gets well soon!

Posted by: oddybobo at December 12, 2008 08:00 AM

She called this morning and I about SHIT when I heard what happened.

I'm just so sorry I wasn't/aren't there to help in some way......

Oh, and tie her ass to the golden throne if you have to!

Posted by: Tammi at December 12, 2008 09:50 AM

I know the trouble my wife had with me trying to restrict my movement after I had the rotator cuff shoulder surgery back at the beginning of October.

Are they restricting her to only sponge baths until after the closure surgery? That can be a pain. Showering while on pain meds can be a pain also.

Please tell her that there are many of us pulling for her and that she does have to take it easy just for a bit, or the Doctor will be very unhappy. The closure surgery is enough, she doesn't need to add other surgeries just cause she won't give it a rest to heal.

Posted by: The Thomas at December 12, 2008 12:06 PM

She called the Red one this moring{ Dec 11) and told her what was going on. It sounds like her wound looks like; dare I say it, a ZOMBIE BITE!!!!! You know what that means. LOL Anyway it sounds like me shaving my head in support of ktreva is on hold for now, hopfully, permenat. Take care see ya soon.

Posted by: wil at December 13, 2008 05:06 PM

*hugs* to you and your family and my prayers. Good luck.

Posted by: vw bug at December 13, 2008 07:39 PM

So, between this post and the last one, you aren't having a good week. Imagine me sitting around with my fingers crossed.

Posted by: Peter at December 13, 2008 07:56 PM


Keep her drugged. :) Just so you know, Ativan is completely tasteless in vodka. Just sayin...

Posted by: Rave at December 14, 2008 10:05 AM

Man, what some people will do to get pain meds.

I just buy mine off the internet from unlicensed Chinese doctors.


*lights vigil candle*

Posted by: Harvey at December 14, 2008 10:14 AM

In our prayers as always.

Posted by: og at December 14, 2008 12:57 PM

My thoughts are with you guys.

Posted by: Spurs at December 15, 2008 09:14 AM

Good grief! I'm so sorry. I knew things were screwed up in my little world, but had no idea so much was going on for you. {{{HUGS}}} to both of you (and don't you dare tell me you won't take 'em). Praying hard out here that everything goes much better from now on. Holy crap.

Posted by: Teresa at December 15, 2008 05:36 PM