Visitation Rights

I visited my sister-in-law at the hospital last night. She seemed to be doing pretty well, actually. Well, at least her energy level was higher than it has been over the past few days. Unfortunately (or fortunately), they’e decided to operate on her today – despite not being 100% sure that the central line (tube) installed in her chest isn’t piercing a major artery. If it is, she’d bleed “catastrophically” (according to the doctor). If it isn’t, the surgery will be quick and easy.

Just in case, the operating surgeon is having a vascular surgeon on hand to jump in if things go awry. I believe she said other surgeons will be in operating room waiting by their side (pulmonary? heart? lung?) Anyway, she’ll have ALL the necessary specialists handy just in case.

On the plus side, she’s been eating food again. Before, she would get sick. But now she eats whatever she wants and within 10 minutes it drains out of a tube. She gets no nurtitional value (or calories or fat) from it since it bypasses her stomach completely – but at least she can taste food again. It’s funny, last night she ordered mashed potatoes and had been stocking up on containers of sour cream for the past few days. I would say her potato was 5 parts sour cream, 1 part potato.

In other news, it’s freaking cold. I suppose we’ve been lucky – but waking up to 5 degrees is not fun. I even used the heat for the first time last night (for 4 hours)! If I wasn’t so happy with all aspects of my job, I think I’d seriously consider relocating to someplace more temperate.

Oh, and speaking of cold days – here are some photo-machine booth pictures Randy and I took in Montreal (they have these photo booths in nearly every subway station….something I wish Boston would do).

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  1. Comment by Lise on January 17, 2007 11:20 am

    So sorry about your sister-in-law. How scary. At least she’s getting to experience the taste of food again. That puts things in perspective, no? The black&white photo of you guys kissing is really lovely.

  2. Comment by karyn on January 17, 2007 4:02 pm

    I bet for Heidi, that taste-and-drain tube is the best thing to happen to her in ages. Here’s hoping for the best possible outcome. Wear your longjohns, baby, it’s f-f-f-freezing out. -1 here today.

  3. Comment by Steve on January 17, 2007 5:15 pm

    When I read ‘central line’, I was like, Yikes! That one thing has got to be the worst thing I’ve ever had done to me, but once it was done, all the poking, sticking & jabbing stopped. I hope all goes well. And, hell yeah, it’s cold. 1 this morning, and 0, or below up here tonight.

  4. Comment by Dave in Chicago (2) on January 17, 2007 5:46 pm

    I so love photo booths! They have this nostalgiac feel to them, and the joy we all feel in using one of these silly contraptions always seems to show in the photos. I prefer B&W photos, but the color strip on the left are just great shots. And it’s absolutely mandatory that you have to have at LEAST one goofy-ass sillyface shot! Good work, grasshoppers.

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