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 photography and the New York Yankees. I’m an admitted pizza snob and amateur balloon animal maker. Every now and then you can catch me being serious…but most of the time I’m quoting random commercials or lines from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

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

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