KIDNEY FAILURE - A PERSONAL JOURNAL

[Peter Langley]

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On Monday, we arrived for admission, and had X-rays, EKG, and blood tests. Strangely, the EKG technician was also a former client. A very small world, I am finding out. Lots and lots of blood tests. Did not have to get into my ever so attractive hospital gown until evening. The morning was spent testing and waiting, with the emphasis on waiting. Ate lunch in the hospital, but not on hospital food. Admissions were friendly and efficient, and the nurses have all been very nice. I was visited by my coordinator, Ann Hastings; my surgeon,

Dr. Howard; my anaesthesiologist, Dr. Rice; and a PA who is the communications coordinator, Ken Smoot. I have also met several of the members of the aftercare team which I will be dealing with after all of this is over. All have been wonderful, and all seem to have time for you and great senses of humor, which is helpful. How am I feeling? A big question. I was nervous on Sunday night, but now that things are happening, it seems that I am much calmer. I am excited, but slightly concerned.

This is big time surgery, after all.

I am in room 9520, a one person room with refrigerator, microwave, television and VCR. The surgery will be between 10:00 and 11:00 in the morning, depending on the removal of the kidney from Diane. However, a new twist has been added. Hurricane Floyd is a monster out in the Atlantic and, at the present time appears to be headed for Florida either Tuesday night or Wednesday. The track for the storm indicates that it will bypass Florida, but it is moving faster than expected, and the steering currents may not be what has been predicted. This could make things interesting.

Had my first hospital meal. It was not too bad, but not something I would want to spend my life eating. I got to take a shower, after an enema, around 10:00 p.m. Then they put in a needle fo9r access and let me go to bed. I was awakened at 2:00 a.m. to take blood, and again at 2:30 to check blood sugar. I was awake for a while, so I checked on the hurricane, and it has begun to turn north.

At 6:30 a.m., they hooked up the IVs, and took a blood sugar. At 8:00, I completed my last dialysis drain, and did not have to refill.

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