Are You Sure???

I remember being at work one day when I got a call from the weird 1-390340928302984 number, which meant the hospital.  Usually these make me briefly nervous as I never know what to expect.  I answered and it was Nolan’s nurse, she was like “Hey Chris, Dr. Peeler would like to speak with you.”  I became more nervous because I was worried something had gone terribly wrong, I remember that I suddenly stood up in my seat in the middle of my office.  Dr. Peeler came on the line and was to the point: “I’d like to close his chest up and need your authorization.”  I was like:

Serious

 

There was a long pause before I was like “Ummmm….so what makes you think he’s ready now?  I mean, this is the third attempt.”  Dr. Peeler gave is own long pause, “Well…….the swelling has gone down.  It’s as good a time as any.”    I sighed loudly and gave him the ok.  I figured that if anyone knew what he was doing, it was Dr. Peeler, but I just had my doubts due to the past 2 attempts.  Then I waited….and waited.  I definitely couldn’t concentrate on my work, so I decided to have lunch in the conference room with some co-workers in the hopes they’d keep my mind off it for a bit.  Yeah right, all I did was push around my food with my fork and my co-workers knew what I was waiting for.  Finally the phone rang: 1-3907239071241242114.  I jumped right up and ran into the closest empty office.  Before answering the phone I was like OHGODOHGODOHGOD.

It was Dr. Peeler.  “Mr. Perez, we successfully closed the chest.”  I was blank.  Say what?  The first thing out of my mouth was “Are you sure?  Like…are you SURE?”  As if Dr. Peeler is not some world-renowned pediatric heart surgeon but some dude off craigslist or something.  His answer was something like “Yes, he’s stable and it looks good.”  He could’ve easily said “Hey moron, I know what I’m doing, ok?” and I wouldn’t have been offended because I was PUMPED.  I thanked him a billion times before he handed over the phone to the nurse.  I thanked her too then excitedly called my wife.  We were both still a tiny bit skeptical considering the past attempts, but it was hard to keep in the joy.  I walked into the conference room, where my co-workers waited anxiously and I said two words: CHEST. CLOSED.  And they cheered.  And I was like:

AwwwYeah

 

I couldn’t wait to get to the hospital that night.  The first big step post-surgery was done and he was looking strong.  I also realized that it was January 10th, which was Nolan’s one-month birthday:

NoliChestClosed

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About Chris Perez

My name is Chris aka HLHS Dad: I’m married with 3 sons. I love coffee and Yankees baseball. Be kind to one another.

Posted on November 15, 2013, in CVICU and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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