Monday, January 12, 2009

How not to make a good first impression

Evan's pacemaker surgery is fast approaching. I had not heard from the surgeon's nurse about when to stop Evan's coumadin so I called the office to see how they wanted it done. Every practice is slightly different so I did not want to just rely on my memory of how his previous surgeon did things.

I called and apparently they had no idea that he was even on blood thinners!!! I was more than a bit flabbergasted at that bit of news. The secretary tried to excuse it by telling me that they had not received his records from his current cardiologist, but I pointed out that he has been on blood thinners for a good long while so it would be in the records from California too. Sigh.

The good news is that they are now aware that Evan is on blood thinners. The bad news is that this office likes to admit children on blood thinners before the procedure and put them on heparin (which has a shorter lifespan in the blood stream) . So while the procedure is not scheduled until Wednesday, Evan and I will be headed up to the hospital sometime Monday. Fun times! I really missed eating crappy hospital food and trying to keep a bored and very healthy child entertained. I even get the fun of trying to sleep in a hospital room with all the noises and interruptions that happen.

10 comments:

fidget said...

Oy, that sounds like fun- NOT

Prayers that everything goes well

Aunt Kathy said...

It's a good thing you are on the ball. Sometimes you just have to wonder, geez

Jamie said...

Good luck! So great that you were proactive and asked the question hey??

Heather said...

I'm glad you're such a great advocate for your son.

Sending good thoughts your way!

chichimama said...

Annoying. Will be thinking of you next week. Bring some knitting along...

chelle said...

Good for you for being your son's advocate. All too often "they" forget, make a mistake, etc and it is totally up to the parents to be on the ball. Like the situation is not stressful enough as it is.

Totally sending postive vibes!@!!!!

mominsanity said...

Oh my goodness - that's not good. I'm so glad that you're on the ball....

Kate said...

Oh man, that is so not fun. Don't you love how attentive the health care profession can be? Good luck with everything.

Jaelithe said...

Grrrr. I hate it when medical professionals are careless and don't do the simplest things like checking records from previous doctors. I know they are busy people, but don't they understand that lives literally depend upon them dotting their Is? Hmph.

Anyway, I hope all goes well and I hope the hospital food is non-sucky.

Maybe when I'm better at knitting, I'll knit you a SuperMom cape.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Sounds... um... "lovely."

I'm just so glad you caught their mistake in time.