Jim was taken to Duke Hospital in Durham....although we had no idea how sick he was at that time. He was checked over thoroughly, and then we sat in the ER waiting room for about 9 hours, before they could get a room for him. Talk about hell on earth? It was cold, noisy, and too many people were in pain and awaiting beds.
This morning, he is at Western Wake Medical Center in Cary, but for a much easier reason: his second cataract surgery. Nervous energy started mid-day yesterday, and as of a few minutes ago, it had not yet abated. My granddaughter Jessica is with him (as she was for the first cataract surgery). She texted that he has talked non-stop for 2 hours and has told his nurses (two of whom are from NYC) his whole life. Apparently, he still doesn't remember his days at Duke....I think we'd both prefer to forget them. He has forgotten that he had a colon perforation/infection and subsequent surgery to remove 8" of colon. How can he forget something that serious?
We have to rely on GoCary (a transportation company with wheel-chair accessible vans) to take us everywhere we need to go. They are great, but now and then their performance lacks something.
He had to arrive at the hospital by 7 am, for a 9 am surgery. My daughter made the appointment for GoCary to pick him up between 6 and 6:30 am. It takes 20-30 minutes to get to the hospital from here, depending on traffic. He was picked up at 6:21, but then the driver had another pick-up. At 6:42, they were still near our neighborhood. I know his nerves were shot. My granddaughter said the driver didn't know we had to be at the hospital by 7 am. The scheduler didn't tell the dispatcher that little tidbit of info .....and that is something they need to work on!! Thank Heavens the cost is affordable for each trip.
I just got word that he is out of surgery already. We have to go to see the eye surgeon tomorrow and after 4 weeks of eyedrops, it will all be over. Wish us luck!