Tuesday, November 18, 2003
We arrived at the hospital a little earlier than our 5:00 a.m. appointment, but were not kept waiting long. After we checked in, we were escorted to Room 2323. Randy was asked to change into a hospital gown. After he was in bed, vitals were checked and blood was drawn for type and crossmatch. He was told that he wouldn't be transferred to the surgical holding area until 7:00 and we were left for him to rest until that time. He turned the TV to ESPN to watch "Sportscenter" and promptly dozed off. When the nurses arrived to take him to the holding area, they had to actually wake him up to give him Valium. I went to the ICU waiting area and spoke to the family advocate who assured me that I would be given frequent updates by cellphone, but it would be awhile since surgery was scheduled for 9:00. I went to the cafeteria for a light breakfast and called Daddy and Randy's sister Sharon to let them know that my cellphone was on.