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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Never Leave Home Without It

The weather is what is typical for Vancouver at this time of year. What that means is the indoor lights were on all day and umbrellas were mandatory when out.

2017_02_15This was the second day for Jay's Pre-Admission Clinics at Royal Columbian. Although the paperwork promised a longer day than yesterday; in fact, we were done rather quickly.

We met first with a nurse who went though a form to grab Jay's entire medical history. He's never had an operation in 62 years. He was waiting up for a big one, I guess. She went quickly though a lot of information. She didn't need to take as much time with us as other patients because we had already read the materials Jay was given yesterday. Then, as the staff conformed they had access to yesterday's blood results, X-rays, and ECG, we were able to go directly to talk one-on-one with an anesthesiologist. Dr. Ho went though all the file and wrote down a few additional details. He is scheduled to be on vacation so he will not be the actual one in attendance on Jay's surgical date.

Everyone seems very helpful and personable. We saw one heart-patient and wife from yesterday's visit. Seeing bags containing others' heart pillows added a sense of camaraderie. We surely could've waited a few weeks, so these two days were closer to the surgery. Yet, feeling confident and getting familiar running around the hospital is probably an important aspect of these visits.

That was all, so we were done in a few hours. We needed a new SkyTrain fare to come back home although it is only a three-minute ride from the hospital to the station at our building.


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