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Thursday Delay

By Scot Pollok on

11:21AM Thursday - I was able to go back and see Liza at 10:30 for "ten minutes." 30 minutes later, I was still there. But spotted by a nurse was then asked the leave.  There is or was an emergency in Liza's scheduled OR, so everything is on hold for now. She seems in good spirits...

DSM #2 Done

By Scot Pollok on

2:20PM Thursday - I just received a text from an automated system. After a very long delay, Liza's procedure is finished and she is being settled in the PACU for recovery. I should be able to see her in a bit, hopefully. She will have to lie in recovery for at least 3 hours after the procedure...

11.5 Hour Thursday

By Scot Pollok on

6:57PM Thursday - Liza is just now back in bed at our hotel. As I tried to encourage her a few times this morning with "today will be better, I promise," it did turn out to be better. In several ways. Blessings. From God. Answered prayers.  First, the timing was largely due to the delay in...

Round 2 Begins

By Scot Pollok on

9:49AM - Joi, one of the PACU nurses from yesterday, just came and collected Liza to get her changed, situated and prepped. Now is the time to pray for an easy stick with the IV team, and that that one stick stays one.  Despite the difficulty of yesterday and the heaviness of doing the...

Just Took Her Back

By Scot Pollok on

8:26AM Wednesday - A nurse named Samantha just walked Liza down the hallway.  We were up at 6:00AM and out the door by 6:45. It's a stones throw so it didn't take long to arrive and park. Temperature check and mask led to check in 1 then check in 2 for document signing, then back to check...

Interventional Radiology

By Scot Pollok on

9:51AM Wednesday - I was able to spend the last 40 minutes or so with Liza as she waited in the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit), even though she's not POST yet. Last month it took a long time for the staff to get an IV in Liza. Her veins are notoriously unruly. This time, one stick. That's...

From PACU to CT

By Scot Pollok on

1:19PM Wednesday - I was called back to see Liza in the PACU just after noon. She was drowsy from the anesthesia but still wincing from pain in her head. Her speech was slow and her throat sore from intubation. But it was a delight to see her. She's so brave. Not complaining. Kind to...

10.5 Hour Work-Day

By Scot Pollok on

5:15PM Wednesday - Today was a very long and very hard day, but my girl is a warrior. Right now, we are finally back at the hotel and she is lying in bed. She's got her favorite drinker of iced water next to her and she's trying to relax. Lots of emotions are coming.  At 3:20PM I was...

Tuesday COVID Test

By Scot Pollok on

9:57AM Tuesday - Just got back to the room from Liza's third COVID test since May. She'll have one more on Monday next week. Originally, we assumed that she would have the test yesterday, Monday, because it is supposed to be done 48 hours before her procedure - in this case the DSM test that...

Some Big Changes and Updates

By Scot Pollok on

11:37AM Tuesday - Just got off the phone with the scheduler we've been talking about so much. Her name is Lauren and she's been a blessing to us because she seems to be very compassionate and considerate. I opened an email about an hour ago from her that said they were able to move Liza's "fix"...

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