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My cabbages, we come to Surgery Eve.  The deadline for eating passed some seventeen minutes ago, which, when you're a hypoglycemic with a noon surgery time, is outstanding news.  The National Terror Threat Level has been raised accordingly.  As it is, it's just me, the Reds, and the Nationals playing out a rain delay in front of about five people and Rob Dibble displaying his newfangled iPhone in the broadcast booth.  (Please, don't ask.)

When I gently explained to the nurse who conducted my pre-op interview that she was playing with the destruction of a small to medium-sized suburb, I was permitted clear liquids until 5 AM.  This began a new conundrum:  Define "clear."  Is Sprite clear?  Do the bubbles count as obstructions?  What about this here lemon ice?  It starts out yellow, but after it melts... clear.

I don't want to push it, as the last time I had surgery--a tonsillectomy-- I threw up a grape Popsicle in my father's car and passed the next ten days with my head in my hands, rocking back and forth and begging the ear pain to go 'way.  And I was twelve years younger.  So yeah, not looking forward to this.

On the up side, however, I may be reaquainted with my dear, dear, friend codeine.

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[...] Beth is prepping for a knee-focused good time. Share and [...]

My son is falling down on the job. We had no idea this was coming up. We'll be praying and thinking of you today. I always have violent stomach content losses after anesthesia. No fun. That helped me choose natural childbirth when the time came. Didn't want to do that to a newborn.

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHunter House Mom

Best of luck with the surgery!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKris

Good luck! Maybe some lemon water would be OK? (At least it has a little natural sugar...)

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

Best wishes for a smooth surgery and painless recovery!

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterlynD


Good luck, and don't forget to give a good tip to the anesthesiologist :)

June 11, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

Codeine! Tell Josh to be sure to take video!!

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElisabeth

Hope things go smoothly with the knee surgery.

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCJ

Oh, yeah! Like that boy who went to the dentist.

—MB: "Is this reeeeal?..... aaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH"


June 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

if it makes you feel better, I've had meniscus repair and my tonsils out...the tonsils were worse by FAR. I was up and walking w/o crutches in a week after the knee surgery. Hope you recover as quickly!

June 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura in Virginia

Hope surgery went well and you are recovering quickly. love ya.

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAunt Sharon

I think surgery on the head/neck area is BY FAR worse than anywhere else on the body. I had sinus surgery back in 1999, which made my c-section look like a BREEZE. Getting the packing out of my nose was by far more painful than delivering an 8 lb, 10 oz. baby or having the staples removed the day after we got home from the hospital. Oh, and codeine does NOT agree with my system, which we learned the hard way with the sinus surgery (I'll spare you the details, just use your imagination). Unlike you, it is my mortal enemy. ;)

Good luck, prayers for a speedy and relatively pain-free recovery.

June 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy P.

Many thanks to all for the kind wishes :)

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMB

[...] to the anesthesiologist.  I’d assumed a local anesthetic, which added to my furor over the solid foods ban, which, since the surgery was delayed, stretched to thirteen and a half hours.  But when I was [...]

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