October 19th, 2004


'normal' is merely what we know

So I'm blithely looking up visiting hours on the Northwest Hospital's web site (11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. generally speaking), planning to go out and visit Chris this afternoon, and I come to a paragraph talking about paperwork that mentions in passing how daunting both the intake process and being in the hospital at all can be.

I read this with mild surprise at first. Daunting? the hospital? Boring maybe, but... and then it occurred to me that I grew up spending a fair bit of time in hospital waiting rooms, visiting centers, and so forth. And that, just perhaps, what seems perfectly normal and routine to me could in actuality be a trifle unusual.

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The upshot being, combined with the phys-anth training and medical terminology knowledge, I'm pretty blase about the whole thing. And of course, anything that familiar to me from childhood must be an experience that everybody shares, perfectly normal...

Anyway - I shall endeavor to remember it is not.

Chris update

I just spoke to grouchychris and he sounds good and is doing well. He is scheduled for surgery this evening, and will be heading off for prep at around 5 p.m., expecting to be back around 9 p.m. So he's not likely to be around this evening to be visited unless that schedule changes.

He must have gotten some sleep, he sounded much more coherent this morning.

I'll continue to update as I can - I'm leaving work early and going out in the early afternoon.

back from the north (Chris update 2.0)

The short version: grouchychris is out of surgery and doing pretty well. As far as I know he's free to receive visitors during regular hours: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The procedure went well, but I don't know how long they are going to keep him yet.

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He was recovered enough to be complaining that he wanted to check email and read Live Journal as we were leaving...
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