Kelli Jae Baeli was feeling nervous at Washington Regional. We have arrived at the hospital. Feeling nervous but doing the right thing. The smart thing. I, Melissa, am so proud of my wife. Good thoughts, please and thank you. Good early morning, everyone. This is Melissa, but Jae may post here shortly. Her amazing surgeon came into the room a little while ago to tell Jae (while not totally drugged) about her surgery. I’ll say it again because we are both so relieved, that it all went well, that she had been doing well since she came out from surgery. It was a rough …Continue reading →
Calling all Ferrets of Fortune. I’m having surgery tomorrow and i need it to go smoothly, with no complications. Give me strength oh furry fate friends. I’m in good spirits right now; hopefully I can hold onto that without screaming and running out of Washington Regional with my hospital gown flapping in the breeze- Among other things).
I am terrified. I am courageous. I have braved so many things that terrified me. Things I thought I’d never survive. And here I am, “having survove.” I understand that my fear is born of the unknown, where the most potent fear often makes camp. While this is a brand new experience that has no equal, no comparison, I know more now about what is happening to me than I ever have before. And each time I learn more, I have one more tool in my tote to get this job done. I say frequently that You have to be …Continue reading →
I was still working on the book, as I have been all day and evening, and Melissa came in for hugs, and then i sat back down in my chair, discussing what she’d probably have to do with this book while I’m recuperating after surgery. Lots of edits on the horizon, and such. About that time, I felt something crawling on my side, up under my shirt. I’d been slapping bugs off me all day today. Since I can rarely see past the swell of my bodacious tah-tahs, I lifted my shirt and Melissa laid eyes on the thing, and shouted with …Continue reading →
Had my pre-op appointment today. All good. BP was best it’s been in a while- 128/82, pulse 80-something, EKG, heart normal sinus rhythm, took chest xrays, answered a hundred health questions, got more instructions, signed the consent form. I do feel very fortunate to be with the folks at Washington Regional. The best part of all that was, yes, I can take Xanax up to and including the day of surgery. LOL. Whew. That should help immensely. I was very stressed all day, just going to appointment, and I assume there will be more and more stress as the day …Continue reading →
Shopping yesterday and i noticed this elderly woman having trouble getting her hatch open. “I think she needs help,” I said. I had nowhere to park so Melissa jumped out and helped her, loaded her groceries and wished her a great day. The lady said , “Oh honey, it’s a good day now.” I teared up a little. I love my wife. Wish there were more people in this world like her. I wish we treated our elders with more respect and compassion.
Had my appointment with the surgeon this morning. Per his advice, decided on the Total Abdominal Hysterectomy, Bilateral Salpingo Oophoractomy and Indicated Procedures. (Seriously, that’s what it’s called. Removal of uterus, cervix, ovaries, and tubes.) The main consideration, and why I’m not doing laparoscopic procedure, is because if there is any hidden malignancy, and they do the (pardon the candor) mincing up of those organs for extraction, it could infect other organs He actually shared a story about another patient that got cancer that way. And died. Point taken. I’m sure that was his way of convincing me what the …Continue reading →
Sort of a quick diary entry of our day, with our usual adventures with photography. Allergy shot today (only 28 more to go. LOL) Afterward, we had a joyful visit to Barnes & Noble (a rare treat these days) and got some goodies. Melissa bought me a pen-cup I loved, and we of course bought some books too. Tesla: The Life & Times of an Electric Messiah, Pocket Birds of North America, Speeches That Changed the World, The Total Outdoorsman (read: outdoorswoman–sexist bastards.) and a fabulous journal. On the way home, we saw a fox with an injured paw. Followed …Continue reading →
There’s a meme that is one of my favorites. “90% of being married is just shouting “what” from other rooms.” First time I saw it, I was laughing, and I said to my wife, Melissa, “Did you see this? Melissa yelled, “What?” from the other room. NO LIE.