Friday is the day we dread, sort of; it’s the day of Namine’s heart cath. Our day starts early: we have to be at the hospital at 7:30, maybe 8:00 in the morning. The procedure starts at 10:30, I think, but we need to arrive a couple hours early.

Namine is what they call a “hard stick” – often times it’s very difficult to get a good line in her veins. Depending on how long that takes, the waiting time could be increased dramatically. The cath itself shouldn’t take more than a few hours, but then there’s the waiting for results. This won’t be like other scans, where we can go home as soon as Namine is done; we have to stay for results because if things don’t go well, they’ll want to keep her overnight.

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