"No, please", Pammy begged, "I can't stand the IV in the back of my hand. It is the most painful spot for me".
"I start there because that way if something should happen to this vein in this spot I can always move upward. I can never go below a bad spot. But don't worry, I do have something that will make sure it will not be painful for you".
She then proceeded to inject fluid from a needle into her vein. This took 5 seconds to do and the needle was the size of a frog's hair. She had it in and out so fast that Pammy thought for sure she had changed her mind and aborted the attempt.
"This is to numb your vein so you will not feel the needle I insert for your IV".
"Wow, I never had that done before, ever. I didn't even know it could be done." Pammy responded back with awe.
"Very few places do it. We do not claim the motto "no pain, no gain". And she laughs.
She inserted the catheter into her hand and added all the nesessary do-dads to complete the process all the while making small talk with Bill.
Bill it seemed had that type of friendly personality that everyone enjoyed talking to him. Pammy watched quietly (xanax pretty much kept her in that frame of mind...mellow) and thought to herself how greatful and blessed she was to have a husband like Bill. How much she loved him.
He turned her way during a break in the conversation and gave her his famous "I love you" smile and then bent down to give her a kiss. He rubbed her back and squeezed her hand. "Your going to be fine honey, because the Lord put us with wonderful people to take care of you." he said with such compassion that it brought tears to her eyes.
Suddenly the emotions were interrupted by the comotion on the other side of the curtain. In walked a man with a clipboard and definitly on a mission in manner.
"Hi, I'm Doctor Michaels the Anestesiologist, nice to meet you" he said as he held out his hand to shake. "Let's see here, looks like we're doing general anestesia today. I have a few questions to ask you...." all the while flipping back & forth through his papers. "...any dentures, body jewelry, implants, artificial limbs? Stick out your tongue so I can get a good look....mmmm, OK. Now let me see, deep breath...that's good. Pulse good too. We'll looks like we're just about ready to proceed. I will put you to sleep, you will have an inubation tube inserted down your throat to breath, I'll tape your eyes shut so they will not dry out, and keep monitors on you till we're done. Before you know it, it will be all over and you will wake up in recovery. Any questions?"
This time Pammy had a response "this isn't really a question, just more of an FYI. I do not tolerant Morphine well at all. It's not a true allergy to the medicine but it does make me very ill. However, I do well on demoral with some phenogren added. Just thought you should know before you prescibed my post O.R. pain medicine".
"Well, I'll make a note of that. That will be something to keep in mind. Anything else?"
"Nope....guess I'll see you on the inside so to speak".
He stood up and once again stretched out his hand for a shake. Turned around and hurried down the hallway. Definitly on a mission.
At that moment, two O.R. nurse appeared asking Pammy if she was ready to go. They helped her put the blue paper hair net on and helped her to her feet.
"I think they forgot to hook up my IV and give me my sedation medicine" Pammy said with much concern.
"Don't worry, honey, we will do all that once we get into the O.R."
"you mean I'm walking in there?" Pammy said surprised.
"Yes, it's just down the hall. Now if you like, you can say goodbye to your husband. He will be there for you in recovery when you wake up."
Stay tuned for chapter 6.......
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