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Update on hubby and mothers day

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive May 2006: Update on hubby and mothers day
By Shann on Monday, May 15, 2006 - 10:00 am:

dh has to have back surgery on the 26th of this month. Its the less evasive of the 2 they are going to take out the herniated part and sew him back up. I didn't like the explaination of how it was done kinda scary. I also don't like the what could happens during surgery. This is hubby first time going under. He will be fine just a little scary.
Mothers day was nice. I got a fishing pole (which I wanted) and a new digital camera. Its a kodak easyshare. its 5 mega pixles and I love the powerfull zoom. I can get good pictures of the kids getting there awards this year. It was a nice day we went fishing and had a picnic lunch all day yesterday. I put sun screen on all over and when I got home I missed a spot on my legs so I have a red strick in the center part of my leg to funny

By Karen~moderator on Monday, May 15, 2006 - 12:04 pm:

Shann, they are legally obligated to inform you of each and every possible complication from anesthesia and/or surgery. Informed consent. Percentage of something seriously going wrong is very, very small. I am sure your DH will be fine. Going under anesthesia/having surgery is always a bit frightening and nerve-wracking, not just for the patient, but for those close to them too. Think positive thoughts. Your DH will hopefully be much better off once he recovers from surgery.

Glad you had a good Mothers Day.

By Ginny~moderator on Monday, May 15, 2006 - 06:20 pm:

And, Shann, if you can, arrange for child care for the day of the surgery, the evening, and the next day. I am a strong believer that no one should be in the hospital without an advocate until they are recovered enough to not only push the button for the nurse, but also yell, and sufficiently recovered from the anesthesia to be able to say "what pill is that and why are you giving it to me" and be able to track that.

And, Karen is right, informed consent is more and more important all the time, and because of the informed consent rule, doctors have to tell you about even the 1 in 100,000 risks.

The important issue is how often this surgeon has done this procedure. And, will the surgeon your dh has been seeing be the one who is actually performing the procedure. Many hospital/practice consent forms have a phrase that says something like this - the procedure will be performed by Dr. X or his/her designate. I always cross out the "or designate words and substitute, Dr. X only (and initial the changes), and if they won't accept that, then the procedure doesn't get done until they guarantee me in writing that Dr. X is actually *doing* the procedure, not supervising a resident or intern who is actually doing the procedur.

By Karen~moderator on Monday, May 15, 2006 - 07:52 pm:

Ditto Ginny! And definitely arrange for childcare. Every patient NEEDS an advocate.

By Shann on Monday, May 15, 2006 - 08:02 pm:

The kiddos will be staying with my Mom and Dad for a few days and then it will be touch and go from there. I am going to be staying in the room with him. we already talked to dr about that. As for the dr thing who's doing it. I will definelty have to check but we had to pay up front for the dr dh has been seeing so I figure it will be him. We had to pay upfront what the insurance wouldn't cover. I am scared but I see him and the pain he is in I will be really happy after its done and he is feeling better

By Tripletmom on Monday, May 15, 2006 - 08:22 pm:

My DH recovered quite quickly from his 1st surgery.It was scary waiting until the surgeon came out to talk to me.He was up walking the next day.He wasn't on any pain meds very long.He had to go to physiotherapy and wear a back support for awhile also.If all goes well he'll feel alot better than what he's feeling now.

I love my Kodak easyshare.I got mine for Christmas and wouldn't trade it in for nothing.I order my prints right off there website and they get mailed to me.It's very convenient for me.Have fun snapping all those pics.

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