Rick will be having an ERCP tomorrow (wednesday) afternoon. He has to check in at the hospital at 2:30 for a 4:00 procedure. It should take about 90 minutes, after which he will need to be in recovery for another 90 minutes. However, the outpatient unit closes at 6:00 so he will be recovering in a room in the hospital instead. Last time he had an ERCP at this hospital he was kicked out VERY quickly so I asked about that and was told by the fabulous nurse that that would NOT happen this time. She said he will be monitored for at least 90 minutes, but because it is so late in the day and he will be on the "floor" so he won't be hurried out. So hopefully this time will go much smoother.
The phone call from the nurse yesterday was to pre-register over the phone. It is a new procedure the hospital started to cut down on paperwork during admitting. And they let me be the one to answer the questions. The nurse was impressed by how much I knew. She was wonderful and was amazed at all Rick is going through right now. It always puts things in perspective when an actual member of the medical field is amazed at everything he has going on.
I always get nervous before big procedures like this. I know they are "routine" but somehow it never gets routine to have my husband going through these kind of tests. I am kinda glad I have to work in the morning because it will keep my mind off of what will happen later in the afternoon.
I will update Twitter throughout the afternoon and evening. You can check in for updates on how he his doing and if I am hanging in there as well.