January 11, 2020 we get up at 2am for the drive to Emory Hospital in Atlanta, GA. I have to be there by 5:30am and with traffic that means we must leave our home by 3:30am. My hospital bag is packed. I am beyond nervous. With COVID restrictions my husband will not be allowed in the hospital at all.
He must drop me off at the curb where I go in and drive away. This has both of us a bit upset. Knowing your loved one is there for you is an important part of a patients comfort and that has been taken away. It is a six hour surgery so I told him I do not want him waiting 6 hours in a parking garage with no bathroom, no food etc and still not be allowed to come in to see me when the surgery was over. He is not happy about it but he drops me off. The goodbye hugs and kisses are longer and more heartfelt because it is all so scary. I will not get to see him again until I am released from the hospital.
I am secure in the facility- Emory University Hospital as well as the doctor- Dr Losken. I just hate going alone. My husband has been my rock throughout the entire cancer and recovery journey and I won’t have him this time.
A little about my doctor:
Albert Losken, M.D., Hamm Professor of Surgery, is the Program Director of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Emory University where he has taught since 2002. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Losken specializes in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery with an emphasis on breast, body contouring and facial aesthetics. He has published well over 150 articles on various surgical topics, especially breast reconstruction techniques. In addition to writing numerous book chapters, Dr. Losken has edited three text books, including New Techniques in Partial Breast Reconstruction–The Oncoplastic Approach, and Advances in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction. He currently reviews several manuscripts; among them are: Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Annals of Plastic Surgery, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal. His expertise has earned Dr. Losken invitations to speak at national and international conferences such as the Atlanta Breast Symposium, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Breast Panel, and the International Conference on Plastic Surgery at the Red Sea and in Australia.
Dr. Losken has garnered special recognition for his contributions to the field of plastic surgery: his peers voted him one of Atlanta’s Top Doctors, and he has been named Teacher of the Year at Emory three times, most recently in 2012. He is also an Honorary Clinical Tutor for the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
In addition to his clinical work at Emory, Dr. Losken is Program Director for the plastic surgery training program and former Chief of Plastic Surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston; and the Atlanta VA Medical Center.