They asked me to come in early in case they wanted to start early but so far, looks like a 9:00 start time.
Layton’s night nurse, Dean, made him happy last night. It was time later yesterday to change his sheets, which is incredibly painful. Fortunately for Layton, Allison, the day nurse, got called to an emergency just as she was going to change them. Dean suggested to Layton that since he is out of his bed for surgery anyway, they would change his sheets then. One thumb up from Layton to that!!
9:20 He just went into surgery. Difficult time for him with cloggy throat, nose…wanting to cough, swallow, have a drink…all the things we take for granted. The doctor says the ribs are each broken in about four areas. When we look at the scan, on his right side, it is like looking down a small garden hose, seeing the ribs. On his left, there are two garden hoses side by side, indicating the break.
His lungs are interesting, too. His right lung sort of looks like a blacked out North America. His left lung, all we can see is the Canadian Arctic. So plating the ribs should create space for “Southern Canada and the US” to fill in and restore full lung capacity. They told him he might be getting his ventilator tube out today, but I am thinking they were just saying that since I just found out he goes for another surgery tomorrow.
As I said before, the surgery is to repair the collar bone, broken in three places, and the ribs, multiple breaks. Big war wound under his arm, I think. The surgeon said he didn’t want to be too “excited”, but Layton’s injury is very unusual so to someone in his business, REALLY interesting. Just like I find it interesting in the multiple ways people communicate. He is a confident, pleasant young man.
Tomorrow, this surgeon teams up with his buddy, the sports surgeon who specializes in tendons and muscles and they are going to go in and repair his shoulder socket. Because of the nerves in this area, this is a bit more challenging, thus, the two surgeons, one “bone”, one “tissue”. As he said, “This is what they do all day long” so he is with experts.
Layton was a little concerned about the surgery, wondering if it was necessary. His doctor assured him that it was the best way. Virtually 100% certainty that without it, he would get pneumonia, and that would be NASTY! I assured him that tomorrow he would feel like a new man…so of course, then he needed the pen, “Just so long as you don’t feel like a new man.”:))
There are so many people taking care of him-nurses, respiratory therapists, doctors, social workers, and more! It is interesting as I sit in the surgery waiting area, I am on the second floor, with a window behind me, a plant beside me, looking down through the rails to the first floor, while someone is playing light classical music on a piano! There is lovely art everywhere, on the walls, vases, great lamps (nice contract to get, Bonnie and Claudette!), great architectural design.
I think I will go find a cup of tea and then explain to you about “hand signals.” I am glad so many of you are reading this…it really is quite therapeutic to write it as well.