Monday, November 10, 2003

Meet Molly

I just added my daughter Molly (14) as a contributor to this blog, so she can post for me when I'm in the hospital without access. I'll try to write up some thoughts after the surgery for her to post. Hopefully, I'll feel well enough on the 21st to summarize my experience. I imagine it might take some time to record it all.
posted by Andy @ 4:34 PM

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Pre-op Tests

Yesterday I went to the hospital for pre-op instructions, EKG, blood work, and chest x-ray. All is fine. Well, I'm not sure what blood tests are called for, but barring any issues there, it's all systems go for November 20. They'll call the day before to let me know when the surgery is scheduled. No food or drink within 6 hours of surgery.

Also saw an internist for a general pre-op physical. Again no problems other that I was surprised at my weight - I've never weighed as much. Halloween candy and the end of summer exercise have conspired again. Oh well, I'll have to start the exercise back up in December.

One other thing. I wonder what that "tap the knee with a rubber hammer" reflex test proves anyway? I think doctors just do it so you think you get your money's worth.
posted by Andy @ 11:01 AM

Reflexes

Well, obviously the little hammer tests reflexes, but what does it prove? It apparently tests for any neurological damage from such things as polio. There isn't a whole lot of info quickly available on the web, but here is the history of the hammer: History of the Reflex Hammer

There is also a link to buy them, and the standard hammer is only $1.95!
posted by Andy @ 11:18 AM

Monday, November 17, 2003

Waiting - T minus 3 days

Just waiting for the 20th to come. Not much longer now. I've started to prepare for the recovery period - bought some new sweat pants, started organizing reading material, etc. I'm actually looking forward to the time off, so that balances any apprehension.

I'm going to have Molly take some pre-op pictures today or tomorrow, so I'll get a page up in the next day or two for pre- and post-op pictures. I wish I would have thought to take some before the cyst surgery.
posted by Andy @ 10:14 AM

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

One more day

Just one more day to go. Working at home today so I can get ready for tomorrow. Still not really nervous or anything, so I guess that's good. I wanted to get some pictures taken and posted - I guess that will have to happen today.
posted by Andy @ 8:52 AM

Surgery time set

The hospital just called and I need to be there at 9:45 am CST to be ready for surgery at 11:15am. I get to sleep in a little bit!
posted by Andy @ 4:15 PM

Finally, Pictures!

I managed to get some pictures taken for the "before" section. The link to the pictures pages is to the left. Not much more to do now but wait. The next posting will likely come from Molly, after I get out of recovery. Talk to you soon!
posted by Andy @ 7:22 PM