9:30. Beth arrives. The inappropriateness reaches new levels.
10:15. My mom arrives. We keep cracking jokes at Carlos' expense. But it keeps the mood light.
10:35. The nurse comes to take Carlos to pre-op. We follow like groupies then head to the waiting room to set up camp. We'll get to see him once more before he goes back.
12:00. The witching hour. We go back to sit at his bedside until it's time. Carlos is a little woozy from his visit with Dr Feelgood. He now has a Swan Ganz catheter in his neck and an arterial line. He's in good spirits so we continue with the inappropriate jokes.
12:40. They took him back and now the wait begins. We have heard anything from 6 to 12 hours.