Tuesday, December 4, 2012

YA in the O.R.

This is going to be a short post today. Normally I have it written and ready to go on Sunday night so when my week starts, it’s all set and I don’t have to worry about it. This week however, that didn’t happen. I spent Sunday evening helping my mom prepare for her surgery on Monday. (Which went well and she is doing fine.) The funny thing is, you can never be prepared enough for the unexpected.

On Monday morning we arrived at the hospital on time, but of course the surgeon was behind schedule. When my mom finally got called back to pre-op, we found out it was the hospital’s first day using a new computer system and they were all still getting used to it. So not only was the surgeon behind, but so was everyone else.
I had originally brought my laptop along thinking I would get some writing done while I waited. But as it turned out, I ended up gaining a few ‘fans’.

There’s not much to do while you sit and wait to go into surgery, especially if they make you take off your glasses and give a mild sedative. You have to be awake enough to answer questions, but relaxed enough to keep your heart rate down. Without having many other options, I pulled out my laptop and asked Mom if she wanted me to read to her what I’d been working on. (My un-finished NaNo manuscript.)

Here’s the thing about reading out-lowed. People listen.

One of my main characters is a high school boy and he has no qualms about swearing so you can imagine how I had to skip over parts of his dialect. Regardless of that though, I did have two nurses comment on how interesting the story was.

So there you have it, even O.R. nurses like YA!

1 comment:

  1. That's an awesome story - if it weren't for the fact that your mom was the one waiting for surgery. Glad it turned out okay.