The surgery was scheduled as out-patient. The plan was once Eve was able
to walk out of the hospital, we would. And as things turned out, that
pretty much was how it worked.
I have no complaints about any of the doctors or nurses involved in Eve's
surgery. They were all very kind and considerate, especially the
anethesiologist, who explained many things to us. Against normal
procedures, they allowed me to stay with Eve up until the last minute
before they took her to the operating room. I was unable to hold her in
bed, so she came to my chair and I held her tight until it was time. She
was terrified as she was taken away.
I promised I would be there when she woke up, but that was made
difficult. The operation took two hours, and the doctor came to talk to
me in the waiting room as soon as it was over. He gave me a quick
briefing and I was notified the instant Eve was in the recovery room. I
got there quickly, but Eve was already awake. She never held it against
me though that I wasn't there.
And the moment Eve could manage it, we began to slowly get her back into
her cloths. The nurses all looked at us strangely as they saw what we
were doing, but none of them said much. As Eve gathered her strength
back to walk, the only thing that stopped us was a delay in her
Prescriptions were always a problem with Eve, and during the 'interlude',
every day brought a new attempt to acquire drugs that worked for her. Eve
knew what did work, and what didn't. She knew what she preferred, and
what caused horrible reactions when she took them. And except for just a
few, most doctors completely ignored her when making up prescriptions for
her. This had caused horrible explosions of anger when this happened
before, and now a mixup was again in the works. We caught the error and
asked for a correction while we were still in the hospital. And we
waited. But the doctor was already involved in something else. Eve was
growing panicked. So with stunned nurses looking on, I took Eve down to
the car just to get her out of the hospital, and then came back to wait
myself for the prescription to be rewritten.