Day 21: Wait, Wait, Wait

Yesterday’s appointment was set for 8:20, which required me to get up at 4:00 to complete drinking the jug of liquid. Thank goodness I had consumed more than half the night before! Needless to say, it did its job.

The voice,who set the appointment, said no need to get there early because it won’t do you any good. I walked into the office at 8:18, got my bracelet and took a seat. We sat and sat and sat. No one was going in or coming out of the procedure area. Lots of people were filling in the waiting area. I watched a couple of episodes of Flip or Flop.

Finally they call me to the back! 🙂 Let’s get this over! I change into their lovely cotton gown, answer various questions (do you have any metal in your body?, have you fallen in the last three weeks?, when was your last solid food?), and the nurse takes my vitals. Then she plans to insert the needle for the IV. She is not confident in her skill with my small veins. She calls in the vein whisperer to insert the needle. After lots of tapping and tightening the arm band, she slips the needle in with minimal pain.

Nurse 1 tells us someone will be there to roll me back to the room and I will sign the papers with the doctor. We wait, and wait, and wait. From my view I see very little movement going in or out of the other rooms. No one comes to my corner of the room. We wait, and wait, and wait. Finally the doctor appears and I sign the papers giving my consent.

I’m wheeled to the back, introduced to the staff (who I hope never to run into again). I hear the doctor mention he is an hour off his schedule. (No kidding, I thought.) Then it’s lights out for me.

I’m told the report is good, I don’t think I was awake yet when the doctor came back by my area. I get a fig bar and cup of apple juice. Time to get dressed and be released. I’m wheeled out to the sunshine where my car is waiting for me. The nurse reminds me, no cooking today. That brings a smile to my face.

After a quick lunch, we head home and I welcome a nap. I’m thankful the procedure is over and the doctor said my favorite words, “See you in ten years.”