I am in the waiting room at the Rothman Center, part of John F. Kennedy Hospital in Atlantis, FL. It sounds so community but the Internet sign-in page say HCA, a huge national hospital chain started by the family of former Senator Bill Frist.
We were told to be here at 5:30 AM. We came early, before the doors were open! We waited. I suspect this morning will be marked by lots of waiting.
I’m typing this from the 2nd floor waiting room. Married With Children is blaring from a ceiling mounted TV. They did not scrimp on the sweetened soundtrack when they produced this gem. It is loud and crude and seems inappropriate for this setting were many people will be on edge.
My mom has just been taken in for pre-op. As soon as her IV is started we’ll be brought in.
By the time we leave her elbow should be repaired and she should be on-her-way to full recovery.
And so the day begins.