Saturday, January 7, 2012

'The Other Guy' on the Other Side of the Curtain

My husband has a story from the day after surgery Dec. 27, 2011.

Let me start at the beginning and tell you about "The Other Guy."

When I was being prepped for surgery, hubby and I could hear a guy getting prepped as well on the other side of the curtain. He and the nurse were cracking jokes, and he, his wife and the nurse were calling him "The Other Guy," a reference to HIPAA (privacy) rules that don't let you know the name of the person on the other side.

He sounded pretty funny, and after awhile, I quipped that if he was "The Other Guy," I was likely "The Other Woman." That got a laugh from them.

After surgery, we recognized his voice as he did his required laps around the wing of the hospital. I'm not sure he'd recognize me, but I think I'd recognize him. Would be fun to run into him and his wife at our support group sometime and just keep up with his progress. And I still don't know his name, but I don't have to.

The day after surgery, hubby went upstairs from the hospital to get liquid diet supplies at WeightWise. There in the lobby are jumbo-sized chairs for jumbo-sized folks.

"Other Guy" was up there too with his wife and looked over at the large chairs,. With a huge grin on his face said to his wife something like, "You know honey, some day soon, we'll both be able to fit in that chair."

Hubby got such a kick out of that, and I know it was comforting to him to see another same surgery date patient who was as happy about getting his sleeve as me.

Thanks, "Other Guy." Hope you're doing great!!


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