Today was a long day, but with a happy ending. We arrived at Moffitt Cancer Center at 6:00 a.m. for Sue's pre-op. Dr. Apte, the surgeon, said that the surgery would take between three and a half and four hours. I left Sue at 8:10 to begin the vigil.
They have a board in the waiting room that shows where all the patients are at any given time. The board indicated that Sue entered the operating room at 8:20. I walked a few miles, ate a little, and returned the waiting room at about 10:30. By 12:30 I was getting nervous because the damn board still said that Sue was in the operating room.
By 1:00 I was sure that there was something wrong. At 1:10, the waiting room attendant ushered me into a room with a few chairs and table with a box of tissues. The board still showed Sue to be in the operating room. In a couple of minutes Dr. Apte entered the room and I braced for the bad news.
He said, "Everything went fine." At first the words didn't register, because it was so different from my expectation. It took awhile for it to sink in enough for me to feel relief. Apparently, the surgery had not started until nearly an hour after they entered the operating room.
Sue is still a little sleepy, but she is doing very well. We expect that she will spend two nights in the hospital before coming home. It will be 10 to 14 days before we get the clinical results on the tissue and lymph nodes that were removed.