The operation was scheduled for Jan 6. We were told to go to Admissions at 9am. We picked up our blood donor (see previous post) at Tres Cruces at 8:30 and took her to the blood donation section at 8:45. We went to admissions to check in. When my wife didn’t know what blood type she was, they sent us to the blood donation section to get typed. As we walked in, our donor was just finishing up. By the time they took my wife’s blood and typed her, the card for our donor was finished and we took everything back to admissions.
Admissions asked the regular questions, checked her anti-tetanus card and the blood donor card and took us up to the room. We didn’t see any ‘wards’ (4 or more persons in a room) on the floor we were taken to. We only saw private and semi-private rooms (2 in a room). As mentioned earlier, we signed up for a private room. The pictures immediately below are from that room.
Unlike the rooms I’m used to from up north, these rooms aren’t sterile looking. They used a lot of wood to give the room warmth. The ante-room at the entrance was a nice touch. When there were more than 2 people in the room, it gave us a place to go and talk without disturbing my wife.
Since we were given the room at 9am and the procedure wasn’t scheduled until 2pm, I took the time to check out all the room’s toys and my wife watched some TV and talked to friends. The room includes a TV with 80 channels, a frigo-bar, telephone, air conditioning, mood lighting, a modern hospital bed with all the toys and a complete, spotless private washroom. I tested everything and it all worked. Very impressive.
The operation was delayed an hour because earlier patients had some unexpected difficulties. When the nurses showed up to take her to surgery, they also took us to the surgical waiting room. It was a sparse place but comfortable. The procedure took about an hour and a half. The doctor came out and told us everything went well and we’d be able to go up to the room in 20 minutes.
She was out of anaesthetic when we got up there and was hooked up with all the stuff we come to expect up north. I took the first shift, staying with her from 5pm until 8am the next day. The night nurse came in and showed me how to turn the chair into a bed, gave me a blanket, some food and told me how to reach her if my wife needed anything that evening. She didn’t. But every 2 hours, a team of nurses came in and did a bunch of things, trying not disturb me, not that I could sleep anyway. Turns out that it’s hospital procedure to have patients have an ‘accompaniente’ with them 24/7. It’s a little tighter in a semi private room, but the same basics apply.
The next morning, I was relieved by my wife’s cousin and went home to work and get some sleep. Her other doctors came to visit her that day, while they were there working. She had a lot of calls from friends here and in Canada. By the end of the day, her doctor said things went better than he expected and she could go home the next day.
I did the 4pm to 8am shift again that evening. Came to pick her up at 1pm and took her home. She’s doing very well. Our overall exeprience with the Espanola’s hospital facilities is extremely positive. We can honestly say we were never treated this well in the Toronto area’s hospitals.
Note: The room (pictures below) is in the old section. The new section is more modern.