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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Checking In . . . 

Thanks to everyone who sent well-wishes for my surgery.     I appreciate it all more than you will know.

I survived the surgery but, things didn't go as originally planned.     I was scheduled originally for an 8:15 a.m. surgery, but it was changed to 12:00 noon.     I was supposed to be there at 11:00 a.m., and I arrived a little earlier and checked in.     I was taken back to pre-op and, before the nurse started my I.V., I told her that I my veins would roll and blow out if she didn't take care with the needle.     She stuck me three times in both hands, blowing out three veins, before she finally went out and got an anethesiologist to come in and start the I.V.     I was then in pre-op until almost 3:00 p.m., because the doctor was running late with his first two surgeries.

When I woke up in recovery, I was told that they had to put in five screws and a plate -- not two screws, as originally planned.     The surgery took longer and, YES!, the pain was more severe.     The first night was excrutiating, and even with the really great drugs, they didn't touch the pain and I couldn't sleep.     The next day was horrible as well.     I couldn't eat from nausea and, because I couldn't eat, I couldn't take the pain medication on an empty stomach, so the pain was incredible.     It was a vicious cycle.     The doctor finally called in something for nausea late that afternoon.     So, I didn't eat from 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night before the surgery until some time late Friday morning.

I'm still not up for long computer sessions, or anything else, for that matter.     This recovery will not be an easy one but, at least I'm on my way.     I have a minimum of eight weeks in a cast and, most likely, physical therapy after that.     This has already caused us to have to cancel our bike trip to Biltmore this weekend with our H.O.G. Chapter, a few days out on our friends' new boat, and anything else that might have been planned over the next two months.     This isn't how I planned on spending my Spring and early Summer.

Again, thanks for everyone's well-wishes!!     I hope to be back on-line soon.     Until then, . . .

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