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In Recovery

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She's out. I got a call from a recovery nurse at 12:09. She said the procedure is done and Liza is not in the recovery room (all very polite, careful and professional). When I spoke to the nurse there she informed me that Liza has to be immobile and in place there for six hours, and that no one...

The PACU - Post Anesthesia Care Unit

By Scot Pollok on

Well, Liza is still in recovery, being cared for in the PACU by a very kind nurse named Alexis. Liza really likes her, which is a very big blessing.  I've spoken to her twice on the phone and she's been texting her mum and I quite a bit. She has had a great deal of pain thus far and is...

Some Resolution

By Scot Pollok on

Just a follow up for those wondering. I shared some of our collective thoughts yesterday but last night and today there were a couple more reasons for gratitude.  First, last night I spoke to Lauren, the neurosurgery scheduler, on the phone. She called me outside of her office because she...

She's Home

By Scot Pollok on

She was ready to go at just before 6:00. But she got up from the hospital bed to go the bathroom and to get dressed. That activity made her pain shoot up significantly. So they laid her back down and settled her with some more short-acting pain meds. About an hour later she came out in a...

5th Floor South Tower

By Scot Pollok on

Well, she's back now. 9:10AM our time. We were here before 8:00AM, escorted through several steps of registration and check in. She has a pretty terrible headache this morning, but hopefully the planned anesthesia will help with that.  I have no idea how long this blood patch procedure will...

Next Day Thoughts

By Scot Pollok on

Yesterday was rough, but I want to be clear exactly why it was rough. For many weeks now, all we have been trying to do was get to LA. Liza, after over a decade of struggle and recently a full six years of chronic pain, was putting a lot of stock in this trip. Just get to LA. We were all just...

Plan for Thursday

By Scot Pollok on

While I was on a drive with the kids this afternoon, Liza got a call from Cedars Sinai that she is to report in the morning at 8AM for her blood patch. She is not supposed to have anything to eat or drink after midnight tonight because she will receive anesthesia, which was not expected but...

Why? What? How?

By Scot Pollok on

I’ve been dreading this blog post. Our visit this afternoon with the neurosurgeon was rough, confusing and sad, but for various and puzzling reasons. It’s been several hours since we left his office and we still are trying to wrap our heads around it all. Not sure where to...

A more relaxed morning...so far

By Scot Pollok on

NOTE: These blog posts are not posting in chronological order. We are working on that in the background. Sorry for any confusion.  Last night's sleep was...diverse among our group here. Liza did not sleep well at all. "Terrible" was her report. I apparently snored like I have never snored...

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