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Drive by surgery

I have been waiting so long for my knee replacement that it seemed anti-climatic when the day finally arrived. My surgery was scheduled for 8:45 .m. and we were to check-in at the hospital at 615 a.m. The surgery would take 85 minutes… not 84.10 or 85.5, but 85. I had this vision of my nurses in the operating room handing my surgeon instruments with one hand and clicking stopwatches with the other. I was to go home the very same day, assuming I showed the physical therapist that I could walk up and down a few stairs and walk the corridor unassisted.

Friends and family alike said they had never heard of such a thing,  not even with the newer minimally invasive surgical techniques. They told me not to be disappointed or see it as a failure if I had to spend a night or two at the hospital, especially since I have Parkinson’s disease.  Who did they think they were talking to? I was not about to have my name inscribed in the book of underachievers.

In the end, there was nothing to worry about. I was discharged at 2 p.m., just a hair under eight hours after I checked in. It was drive by surgery. I couldn’t help but wonder why anyone would spend millions of dollars building this state-of-the-art hospital, when the goal seemed to be that as few patients as possible spend the night there.

One comment on “Drive by surgery

  1. Joel
    September 26, 2012

    your 2nd is easier… me when y are up to it I would have paid y top dollar for the oxy pills…..u will be fine !!!!!!! my best Joel

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