Both mom and dad were gassed. I showed up at six. It was lights out at seven-thirty.
I have been rereading Corria's Monster Hunters International, so I read that until 9:30, then I went to sleep.
Up at seven. Mom and the dog up at seven-thirty. Dad wanted to sleep in.
Dad thinks he was dehydrated. He has always been an early-to-bed, early-to-rise guy. He had been given the standard instruction sheet...no eating or drinking after midnight. His procedure was at one in the afternoon. He did not get home until three. By my reckoning he went without liquid for eighteen hours and was probably not well hydrated when he went into that period.
He said they ran fourteen tests on him after his fainting spell and the only one that was atypical was the heart rate.
Just think of all the pain, anxiety and cost (14 tests!!!) that could have been avoided if the standard instruction sheet suggested a bottle of "sports drink" like Gatorade or Powerade early in the morning for patients who had procedures scheduled in the afternoon. Or, if my dad had been handed a half liter of sports drink shortly after the procedure and been instructed to drink it before he would be discharged.
We have all seen those instruction sheets. They are written in absolutes. They make it sound like there is an absolute certainty that you will choke on your own vomit and die if you so much as suck on a hard candy after midnight. It makes you wonder how they can operate on accident victims.
We are smarter now. I propose that "standard instruction sheets" be amended to incorporate humanities increased intelligence and the universal availability of "sports drinks". Sports drinks are not quite isotonic but they are still absorbed very quickly. I see absolutely no down-side to suggesting that the patient drink a bottle of sports drink four hours before a procedure...especially when the patient is elderly, or a woman (both more predisposed to dehydration) or the procedure is in the afternoon.
It would have saved my mom and dad a couple of really tough days.