Rhen’s surgery for a small bit of scar tissue on his eyelid went very well – for the most part. In the beginning there was a slight hiccup of, well, what seemed like cluster confusion (at Mayo, seriously?). Everyone in that room, which was the size of a large closet, really wanted to help but unfortunately it was freaking my son out. Melt down, tears and some more – once the battalion of health care professionals left, Rhen settled down and things progressed smoothly again. Steady the course, people.
He took all of his “meds” which I explained to Rhen was cool for saying medicine in the health care field. One was a mild sedative, the other Tylenol. C_ got a jump suit (no pictures, none allowed) and went into the operating room with him while they put him under.
I waited patiently (ha!) with C_ for the surgery to complete. I watched a bit of The Matrix Reloaded on my iPod. We waited 2 hours to get him in – the procedure would take 20 minutes and it took just that.
Rhen was wheeled back into our room still under. The doctor and his entourage of adoring students followed in behind. The students gathered outside in the hall and Dr. Bartley strode in quickly. He explained that he made a small football shaped incision over the scar tissue and somehow revised the scar by pulling it into the crease of the eyelid. Looking at Rhen’s face now I can hardly even tell he had surgery on it. It was really a small thing but I think Dr. Bartley hit the nail on the head when he described the small bump as a wart. Who wants to go through life explaining that your eyelid wart is really a scar from a dog bite? The entire morning spent at Mayo was totally worth it.
Super great experience at Mayo. The staff, the Muzak, the nurses, the murses, the anesthesiologist (not from around here), the surgeons, the entourage, and the doughnuts that we never saw. Earlier in the morning (it must of been doughnut Friday) we heard a health care professional loudly exclaim, “THESE DOUGHNUTS DON’T HAVE ANY CALORIES!” followed by laughter and suspicious quiet.
So, I was trying to come up with something clever for the list title and ended up at a medical slang wiki. I’ll give you a sample before you click on the link –
Hasselhoff – a term for any patient who shows up in the emergency room with an injury for which there is a bizarre explanation. Original Source: Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff, who hit his head on a chandelier while shaving. The broken glass severed four tendons and an artery in his right arm.
and my favorite-
DRT – Dead Right There
Oh and the list – stat!
Saturation Dose, John Vanderslice
Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine, The White Stripes
Medicine Ball, Rogue Wave
Doctor Wu, Steely Dan