Hi everyone! How are you all out there?
I thought I would share a little update for you today.
So, on Wednesday I was dew to fly to Winnipeg to be there with Andy, whilst he went in for surgery to have a kidney stone removed.
Early hours of Wednesday morning, Andy lets me know that he thinks he may have passed the stone and that I may not need to go to Winnipeg. Everything was up in the air, until he had chance to speak to his Dr (who was in a meeting all morning). We were deciding whether or not to cancel the trip, and only incur an admin fee by the airline and it was left until the last minute. My flight was due to go at 2.30pm. Andy had mentioned to me that he had some discomfort in his left kidney (his right kidney is what the surgery is for) and I said to him that maybe the stones he passed, were the small ones from this kidney.
Finally spoke to his Dr at 12.30pm and his Dr was convinced that it was the smaller stones from the left and that he still had to go in for surgery the next day!
It then became a mad rush, as although I was all packed, I had to let the girls know that I was definitely going to Winnipeg, I had given them hugs in the morning before school just in case:-) I then had my friend take me to the airport.
Now, I really am not a great traveller and it is only a 2 1/2 hour flight. I fared pretty well and was feeling quite pleased with myself that the journey went well. As the aircraft taxied to a stop and I had taken off my seat belt - I thought oh no here goes - chills, hot flush, grab a bag and promptly threw up :-(
Andy was there at the airport to meet me, and I was so relieved to get into his apartment.
Thursday, we headed to the hospital bright and early. His surgery was scheduled for 11.30am. Now at this stage we still didn't really know if the stone had been passed or if it really was still in there.
I have to say that the Winnipeg Hospital is fabulous, well organised and once we had Andy admitted and all the prep done we took him down for surgery and I had to start playing the waiting game.
We were told the surgery would be about an hour, so at 12.45pm I rang the recovery unit to see if he was out, and was told that it was a 2 hour surgery and that he went in on time so no he wasn't out yet :-( I hate waiting!
Eventually, the surgery was over. Andy's Dr came out and told me they had removed the offending stone - yep it was still in there and rather large. They got it all, so a success.
Andy spent some time in recovery and then up to the day ward. After several hours of drips/antibiotics and painkillers he was eventually released and we got back to the apartment at about 8.30pm. A very long day but at least the stone was out.
We had some leaflets and instructions to follow once leaving the hospital. The leaflet all about the procedure, a ureteroscopy, had this fab picture on the front of a woman, a man leading a tethered horse. When I asked the nurse, what the significance of the picture was, she didn't have a clue. Andy promptly chirped up with, perhaps it's because you feel like you have been trampled on by a horse after the surgery! LOL!
We had a gourmet meal of beans on toast for supper, as we both really didn't feel like much to eat at that time of night.
Suffice to say, Andy is relieved that it is all done and now we can get on with recovery.
Today, he is resting easy here. We went out for a couple of short walks yesterday, and he is regularly taking the pain killers which are working :-)
I was originally meant to be going back home today, but we have made the decision that I will now stay until Monday. The girls have been stars and enjoying the time at my friends.
I have the flight back on Monday to look forward to, however I think I will be double dosing on the extra strength Gravol travel pills and hopefully have a more successful air travel. Am looking forward to seeing the girls and being back on terra firma.
I hope you have all had a fabulous week and having a great weekend.
Catch up with you all around blog land - your creations are awesome. Welcome to new followers and thanks to all my regulars for your words of support for Andy.
Thanks for stopping by today.