Monday, August 25, 2008

"The center of attention, even when they're up against the wall"

HI peeps!

I wanted to pop on here and let everyone know that I am doing quite well. I'm getting lots of good rest, taking it easy for all of us sinners.

I really appreciate all the thoughts, prayers, and get well wishes. It really means a lot for me to open up my inbox and read your warm fuzzies!

And check out this nifty little gadget I just found:

- Britney Spears Lyrics

Now you'll know where the blog titles come from.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

"From all the unborn chicken voices in my head..."

Yup - Eddie is guest blogging. We felt this would be the best way to inform all of you internet types in one swoop from this fella. I'll be updating you kids while she's incapacitated. This is the part where you say "Uh-oh."

Over the last two days, we've been overwhelmed with phone calls and text messages and emails and Gatorade (Chloe's not eating solids yet). I'd love to call each and every one of you back, but after repeating the same thing enough times to make a baker happy with his dozen, I thought I'd hit you all at once.

This, of course, doesn't mean we love you any less... it just means we've a lot on the table right now. By broadcasting over this virtual PA you will hopefully get all the answers, and I won't need to get laryngitis from saying it so often! ;)

So here's the summary
The surgery went smoothly. There were no complications, according to Dr. Nezhat. We get a full description and breakdown as soon as Chloe is well enough for the follow up visit.

In the meantime here is what we do know:
  • Chloe is doing great. She's home and should be ready for visitors by the weekend.

  • She is heavily medicated and bedridden - hold off on the calls for a couple more days. (Text messages are great! She can reply at her leisure).

  • The nurses and docs were pretty impressed to see her walking around the halls that afternoon. My Chloe is one tough bitch.

  • "The scarring and adhesions were severe and extensive." Nezhat repeated and reiterated "severe" enough to temp me to buy him a thesaurus.

  • There were no unexpected illnesses or cancer.

  • I mistook the first time he said "adhesion" for "infection" - this is incorrect info and sorry to those i've already passed it along to.

  • The remaining half ovary on her left side, as well as the right fallopian tube were removed. (Her left tube was removed in the previous surgery).

  • We'll still be able to have kids, but the need for help is now certain in that matter.

  • She is out of commision for 4 days to 8 weeks - this has not yet been defined but will be determined by how well she does.

  • It'll be 2 weeks before she'll be able to drive again.

  • We are in good spirits, and are accepting good spirits as gifts. She's a Jack fan and I like white russians. ;)

  • I won't post our mailing address or phone #'s, but comment that you'd like them and I'll cut and paste an email to you.

  • Post your comments here and Chloe will read them!

  • If your question wasn't answered here, please ask.
She'll be back in action soon enough. Thanks again for all the well wishes - We'll both try to get back to your calls as soon as we regain our ball bearings.

I snapped a pic of Chloe in pre-op.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

"sometimes I don't speak right, but yet I know what I'm talking about."

"He's a good man, and thorough" (name that movie!)

Today was my pre-op with Dr. Nezhat and his assistant surgeons. I was very pleased with my meeting. Everyone in his office took the time to explain exactly what was going to happen, including "what if" scenarios. Never did I feel like crying, like I had in my two previous per-ops. I felt really happy and optimistic, excited even. There's a very unlikely chance they'll remove both ovaries (only to save my life) and pretty much no chance they'll remove my uterus. Likely, the surgery is gonna be a very thorough clean up of scar tissue. They're going to check a good chunk of my abdomen (stomach, liver, uterus, intestines, etc.) for adhesions and remove them.

When I went over to Stanford for my meeting with the anesthesiologist, I got the same excellent care I'd received earlier. Everyone was really friendly and answered all my questions. They took my motion sickness (which can lead to complications with the anesthesia) very seriously, and they were sweet, too!

My surgery is set for 7:30 am; I gotta be there at 5:30 am. Expected surgery time is 2 hours, but 3 hours are blocked for it. After that, it's about an hour in recovery, then a stay in the "23 hour" ward. I'll be at Stanford overnight, maybe longer if I need it. My recuperation after the surgery can be anywhere from 4 days - 8 weeks, but they expect me to take about 3. Dr. Nezhat's office will be calling everyday the week after my surgery and checking on me.

I feel really good about this.

"Happy talking, talking happy talk, talk about things you like to do"

My surgeon's got a page in wikipedia.

Aw yeah.

My pre-op is tomorrow! An interesting note on that, though... The interwebs has been blowing up today about the discovery of a supposed Sasquatch body. There is going to be a press conference held 4.4 miles away from my doctor's office to present DNA and photo evidence. Do you think there's going to be traffic? Should I call ahead and warn them about possible lateness due to Bigfoot shenanigans?