Recovery Mode

Here’s some melodrama for you.

Nick went into surgery yesterday; on Tuesday, he started on the clear-fluids diet, on Wednesday they gave him laxatives, and on Thursday morning they opened him up and put his intestines on his chest so that had enough room to get cut out some of the glands next to his spine.

Then, they put his guts back where they were, stitched him up and sent him to the recovery room where he is reportedly recuperating nicely, in no substantial pain and only minor discomfort.

Before going in, Nick asked me to pass on the news of his condition, and here it is: he’s out surgery but still in recovery, closely monitored but not believed to be at any significant risk of anything. This entry will be updated as warranted, but I doubt that it anything more than arranging times to visit will be required. He seems to have come through in good form.

I’d like to take this moment to tell you that modern medecine is absolutely awesome.


  1. Jamie
    Posted April 3, 2005 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Mike, I won’t be able to make it to Ottawa in the near future, so please pass on my best to Nick and hopes for a quick recovery whenever you see him next (Karen’s too).

    With regards to your last comment, my Dad went into the hosital for open heart surgery (double by-pass) in October. There, they saw thru your breastplate, lever open your ribcage with forceps, take a piece of a vein from your leg, and attach it to the heart. They can then seal everything up again and your up in about in a few months. I second what you say, and dread the day where again we let others use superstition to dictate what can and can’t be done using medicine.

  2. Jamie Wells
    Posted April 3, 2005 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Damn, I let a “your” – “you’re” slip up go thru. I really need a coffee. :)

  3. Mike Hoye
    Posted April 3, 2005 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    No kidding. I wonder how much support the “natural outcome” people would have for, say, dying of tetanus?

  4. Jamie
    Posted April 3, 2005 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Well, they wanted to keep a corpse alive after 15 years of vegetation, so I’m not sure how much they even believe in “natural outcome”. As I said to Karen, if I ever end up in that state and there were similar protests from people trying to keep my body alive, I want to be allowed to die, then be raised from the dead so that I can get revenge on those people who would want to control what I want to do with my life.