Sunday, November 18, 2018

Saturday-Sunday Nov 17-18, 2018 Operation



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Saturday-Sunday Nov 17-18, 2018
We woke up at 4am, left 5:05, arrived 5:33 at the San Jose Hospital in Buga, and Cristina was first in line at the window at 5:50.  That didn't help much because she didn't get called in until about 7:30.
I went to the cafeteria and had a nice breakfast of an empanada, scrambled eggs, coffee and a sweet roll for under $2.  Not too shabby at all.
I would have gone home right away but I was forced to wait
for Adiela and Natalia to give them Cristina's backpack.  I call at 8am and they haven't left yet so I offer to bring it to their home within 1/2 hour.  They say they will phone me back in 2 minutes but don't... they showed up at 9:50 after coming by bus.   Grrrr
At 10:10 I came home to look after the dogs and the rabbits and returned later in the afternoon at 2 p.m.  It was in a driving rain storm and there was quite an accident near my exit leaving Andalucia.
Cristina still was not out of the recovery room.   We were told that her room was being cleaned, but hours later we find out that she was being withheld a room because they claimed we had not paid for it, which we had with the surgeon, so Adiela had this corrected very quickly.  
They had given Cristina a transfusion, something to do with antibodies in the blood and I had to pay another $35 for that as well, so finally at about 4:45, she came out and we finally got her into a room upstairs.  She was looking good but vomiting everything.  They said that's probably due to the anesthetic.  So about 6:30 Adiela and Natalia left.  I parked the car at a parkade and I spent the night here with Cristina.
Around 7pm the vomiting stopped and Cristina was able to sleep.  Not me though...
It always amazes me at the noise at night in hospitals and how they wake up the patients every couple of hours.  Couple this with open windows, dogs, birds, and neighbors playing music all  night, I am amazzed that Cristina can sleep almost anywhere.
It was touch and go Sunday morning for eating a little breakfast.  She had eggs and juice but passed on the bun and coffee.  At lunch, she ate even more, and it stayed down.
12:40 p.m. and the doctor finally came by, giving the go-ahead to go home, that everything went well, and it does not appear that the tumor is cancerous but need to wait about 3 weeks for the pathology.   
And the doctor is promised to return the $35 that we paid for the blood work because that was also all part of his original fee.  That was nice of him.
We can leave the hospital but we have to wait for final paperwork and unhooking IVs and so on and so forth.  We don't get out of the hospital until 3pm..  Grrrr.
Cristina needs to be ambulatory and is doing really well.  She reclined the seat quite a bit to ease the drive home.
We stopped first to put fresh flowers on Christian's grave before going to fill the prescriptions for about $10.
The dogs went berserk when we came home.  We must really thank Carlos's sister Carmen for looking after the house and the dogs for us.  We will have to do something very special for them very soon.
Sorry if this is rambling and maybe disjointed but I haven't slept much in 72 hours...
I hope you enjoy the pictures.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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San Jose Hospital, Buga is pretty nice

Cristina finally gets to her own room

Twilight shot through the window slats

.. and a little further left

Glad to be home in our own bed








Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Nov 16, 2018 Prep


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Friday Nov 16, 2018
This morning we made it early to the Hospital San Jose in Buga and it sure was a busy place.  We had a delightfully informative gal named Marcela help Cristina with information and procedures for tomorrow.  She is the kind of pretty and sweet gal that I would happily introduce to my good single buddies (sorry no photo).  I even got called in to sign a Permission paper.
They did more blood work, BP, and more, then we stopped in the cafeteria for lunch before heading back.
We made a stop at our bank and I actually managed to use my age to switch lineups from 32 deep to 3 deep.  We were actually able to see a service rep within 5 minutes.  This fellow took our information then brought in a woman who speaks English well, on loan from another branch while the manager is away (until Monday).  It was a huge relief to see that they do have our money from Canada in their system but they won't add it to our account until we again prove the source of the money.  This lady, Diana, gave us the manager's email (that she has access to) to send another copy of the Ecuador house sale documents.  Done.  Now we wait for an appointment to see where to invest some of this money for Cristina's security.
We stopped in to HomeCenter to see why none of their servicemen have showed up.  The one that we thought was to come assemble the swing didn't come because they only quoted it, and what we thought was a receipt was only said quote.  The guy who was to come fix the BBQ said he phoned us (he has the right number) but Cristina has not had any missed calls...  So we wait some more.
We made a quick stop at the cemetery because this will be that last time possible for Cristina for a while.  Unfortunately we were the only ones there, no flowers sellers,.. nobody.
We picked up more dog "food" from Carlos' family and had to be quite because the kindergarten kids were having a nap.  How many people realize that kindergarten is a German word meaning "childrens' garden"...
We have to be up real early to be in Buga by 6am tomorrow.
I hope you enjoy the pictures.  That was the day’s excitement.
Al
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There were people everywhere, but respectful for a change

This is the surgery area

Cris getting info from the anesthesiologist

Nice morning in the cafeteria

Lots of smoke and smell from burning sugar cane fields

Some of the kids having their nap very peacefully

This is the balance of them