If you've been following our blog, you know that Dusk's hip replacement surgery is this morning. After an uneventful registration and pre-op workup, they just took him back to the OR. They're expecting 3 hours or so until I see him again, although the actual surgery shouldn't take longer than an hour or so.
It's still early in the day, but I have to say, our experience with this hospital so far has been fantastic. All of our other surgeries have been at MUCH larger hospitals - this one is at a smaller hospital, Saint John's, in Santa Monica. The personal touch has been quite amazing; our amazingly sweet and compassionate pre-op nurse stayed in our room with us pretty much the entire time we were in pre-op (close to an hour) - we have never had that experience at any of the larger hospitals we've been at. Usually, they're running like mad between way too many patients. I don't know whether it was unusual circumstances or the norm, but we were really impressed. (Ok, I was impressed - Dusk was a little too petrified of this surgical experience to sit around and reflect on how excellent the nursing staff is. Ha!)
We also hear that he'll have a private room during his stay here, so, the way I figure it, without a roommate, or, you know, 2 young kids trying to climb into bed with him every single night (don't judge - we've had bigger fish to fry recently), this may be the most restful sleep Dusk will get in months!
I tried to take a pic of Dusk to include with this post - you know, with the hospital gown, surgical cap and compression "stockings," but for some reason, he didn't want me to do that. Go figure. I'll just have to leave you with the visual instead.
I'll be updating here throughout the day, so make sure to check back if you want to know how surgery is going. In the meantime, we seriously covet your prayers for a successful surgery and easy recovery for Dusk. His body tends not to respond particularly well to surgical intervention, so we are nervous to say the least. Prayers are VERY much appreciated! THANK YOU!!!
(Oh, and if you're too young to get the Donkey Kong reference, consider yourself lucky! And sorry for the punchiness - I've been up since 4:30am and hopped up on coffee!)