Yesterday we went to Dr. K's office to get the paperwork for Randy's pre-admission labwork. We thought this would involved drawing blood and going home. WRONG! We went to short-stay surgery to get the work done; they were very busy, so we waiting a hour and a half past his appointment time for them to even start on him. However, once we were in their pre-admission testing area, everything went along quickly. They did a urinalysis, took blood, and did a new chest x-ray. They we went through orientation sessions with a pre-admissions nurse, a representative of cardiac rehabilitation, and an anesthesiologist. They gave us lots of reading material and a videotape telling us what to expect during his hospital stay. The pre-admission process took much longer than we'd anticipated, but they went to great lengths to make us both feel well-prepared for his surgery.
We have to be at JCMC at 5:00 a.m. next Tuesday; his surgery is scheduled for 9:00, but they have a lot of prep work to do before surgery actually begins. He has to shower Monday night with a special antibacterial scrub and again before we leave Tuesday morning. So, my best estimate is that we'll have to be up by 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at the LATEST.