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Excitement at the homestead…

We had a bit of an adventure last night, or more accurately very early this morning.  At around 1:00 am, Irene went to get up and her surgical wound started to drain…a lot.  It took half a dozen large paper towels and a big (2′ x 1′) surgical gauze mat to sort of stem the tide of mostly-clear blood tinged fluid, during which time I called the district health nurse.  Irene started shaking and feeling faint, which isn’t too terribly surprising under the circumstances.

After talking to me on the phone, the health nurse told me to call 911.  I ran around the house, grabbing as many cats as I could and closing them in a room so that they would be out of the way.  Five minutes later, we had a fire engine with emergency response at the house, and a few minutes after that we had an ambulance.  Irene was trapped in the bathroom with four big burly men and her pants down, while I talked to a fifth guy outside the bathroom giving him her particulars.  After the fact it’s sort of funny, but at the time it was far from it. 

Of course, by the time the emergency folks arrived, the fluid flow had slowed significantly.  The firemen left, and the paramedics ran a few more checks.  One of the poor paramedics was badly allergic to cats…and he was in our house!  The poor guy was sneezing away, apologizing to us while I apologized to him for the cats.  The paramedics gave us the option of either waiting until later and going to a clinic for follow up, or going to emergency right away just to make sure.   We made our decision, and a few minutes later Irene was on her way to emergency in the ambulance, and I drove along behind with her book, care card, and water bottle, which she had asked for…but not grabbing a pair of pants for her, something both of us overlooked.  I thought of pants as I drove to emergency- strange how the most obvious things slip your mind.

We spent a fun two and a half hours in emergency before the doctor got to us…very nice guy, as all the folks at Langley Memorial seem to be.  He checked out the surgery site, said it looked basically fine, and said the drainage was a seroma.  In essence, blood plasma trapped in a pocket from the surgery site decided to leak out all at once.  The amount sort of surprised me, and definitely surprised Irene, but I guess it’s not uncommon.  The doctor prescribed some antibiotics to be on the safe side, and sent us home.

We were back at the house by 4:30 or so…I fed the cats so they wouldn’t wake us up right away, and we were in bed by about 5:00 am.  I fell asleep holding Irene’s hand, which was about all I could do throughout the “excitement”: thank goodness for all the health and emergency folks who knew more than I did about what to do.  Irene is fine now, in fact she was hungry when we got home from emergency and I had to feed her…okay, it was a tin of Ensure, but it was sort of foodish.  Both of us are sort of tired, but perfectly all right.

5 comments to Excitement at the homestead…

  • Oblivions

    Um… ugh. I wasn’t even there and that makes my kind of green first thing in the morning. It’s alright now we hopes. The body can be both a beautiful thing and terribly gross. It’s kind of amazing the biological machine keeps ticking considering all the intricate parts.

    Did you drive her home without pants? Were you stuck in the emergency without pants?! That’s cruel that time of year out there. *smirk*

    Anyway, I send a karmic hug to you both.

  • Good morning, Oblivions…is the final “s” intentional?

    I agree- the human body is pretty amazing, both in good and bad ways. As is modern medicine- they can replace a bone joint with steel and the body reforms around it and functions normally. All that’s left a few weeks later is a 4″ scar.

    Irene went through the whole ordeal without pants. I did grab her a robe, but mostly that was to keep her warm when she started getting shocky. Fortunately, the emergency personnel sort of hustled her in to ER through the back door, and she went almost directly to a bed which is where we waited the two hours.

    Thankfully, it was about 10 degrees celsius that night/morning, and I was able to park close to the ER exit so we could make a quick get-away after everything was done.

  • Oblivions

    I do tend to put an ‘s’ at the end of Oblivion. Kind of a contradiction I know but it’s more of a handle and less a reality of space/time
    physics. *g*

    At least she had a robe. I don’t mean to focus on that given the gravity of the situation but it did make me giggle a little despite the shock of the situation that led to it. No maliciousness intended.

    Well a little husband/cat love should fix the worst of it (and lots of rest)

  • I suspect the degree of her mortification will vary inversely in proportion to the hunkyness of the EMTs 😉

    Though having been there myself, truth of the matter is you really couldn’t care less … when you are worried enough to be willing to call for an ambulance and submit to the hands of the witchdoctors, modesty is a disposable commodity.

  • Oblivions

    hmmmm… EMT’s

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