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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Getting ready for surgery


This weekend, I plan to finish Chapter 10 of Breaking Point, Zach and Natalie’s story. But I’m also going to be spending a fair amount of time getting things organized for my surgery and recuperation.

I go to the hospital on Tuesday morning, and the surgery is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT. It should take about three hours, plus about an hour or so in the recovery room. I’ll be at the hospital for a couple of days and the home again, where I’ll be resting for the next eight weeks while the bone grafts in my neck heal. My mom and younger son will be here during that time, because I won’t be able to drive or do much of anything apart from walk and sit.

While I’m in the hospital, I hope and pray to have sexy male nurses, like the one above. I think just having a nurse like this one would help me feel a lot better. I feel better just looking at his photo. Goodness! My temp is rising! Quick! Mouth-to-mouth!

Okay, so that was silly. Couldn’t resist.

I’m not sure whether I’ll have the energy to post, particularly during the first two weeks after the surgery, during which I’ll be pretty out of it. The doc said that post-operative pain peaks at three to four days afterward and then tapers off. So we’ll see. If I don’t feel up to it, I won’t do it. It’s so important to get the rest I need to heal.

It was weird leaving the office today. The publisher and staff had filled out a get well card, and what they'd written was so sweet and encouraging that I got all choked up. The paper is in good hands while I’m away, so I don’t have to worry about that. I haven’t had eight weeks off from work... ever. This week was crazy-busy because I was trying to do as much as I could to organize things for the managing editor, who will be running the newsroom in my absence. He’s an awesome man, and an old friend of mine is coming in to back him up.

Because it was so busy, I had to leave you with those wet men and their towels, and I didn’t even get a chance to comment on your very funny comments.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

12 comments:

Luci said...

I hope you have hunky male nurses too to make you recovery that little bit better :).

Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers throughout your long recovery.

Elise said...

Hi Pam,

I'm leaving on Sunday for 3 weeks holidays(Yeah I know , French people are lucky!!)and won't get near a computer during this time. But I wanted to tell you, that I will think of you A LOT and send you good healing vibes. (we do not pray much aver here...). I hope it will NOT be that painful and that your recovery will be quick.
Take good care of yourself!!
Bye

Ronlyn said...

If you find some hunky male nurse, I'm going to your hospital next time.

Gee, I wonder how much that ambulance bill would be? LOL

We're all thinking of you Babe. You do what you need to do to heal and get rid of that pain. (((hugs)))

Here's hoping your nurses all look like your model for Zach. Best wishes for a safe surgery, speedy recovery and pain-free future!

Scorpio M. said...

Hi Pamela, you are such a good soul & you help so many people through your writing, both on the paper & novels. I hope all your goodness comes back to you tenfold.

Wishing you a successful surgery & hunky RNs! :-)

Wendy said...

When I gave birth to my son, the pediatrician who performed circumcisions came into my recovery room to talk to my husband and me about the procedure and answer any questions. She was so beautiful it took your breath away. My husband and I laughed about that, a little. My poor son - "Hello pretty lady doctor! Wait... What's that knife for?"

I hope you recover quickly. I'll be sending good thoughts your way. Take it slow and easy please.

Hi, Luci — Thank you very much. I really appreciate it. I'll take all the prayers and good wishes I can get. And all the hunky male nurses, too.

Hi, Elise — French people are lucky! Danes, too. My Danish friends get six paid weeks off each year — by law! If I were in Denmark, I'd be getting full salary the entire time I'm off work. Not here, though.

Merci beaucoup for the healing vibes. And enjoy your vacation!

Hi, Ronlyn — I will let you know. I think an ambulance ride to Colorado from your home would run you in the tens of thousands. You might want to fly economy and then get hurt here. Just a thought.

Thanks for the good thoughts. I'm going into this operation feeling very positive (but, yes, a little nervous, too).

Oh, Jennie, that's a wonderful wish! To be surrounded by men who look like Jed Hill... That's my idea of heaven. LOL! Thanks for the good wishes!

Hi, Scorpio — You're so sweet to say that! Thank you. I really am hoping for the very best out of this surgery — and the nursing staff, too.

Hi, Wendy — Thank you for the good wishes. I really appreciate that. I don't think I'll have much choice but to take it easy. LOL!

Eek! I hope they used anesthetic!

I didn't get my boys circumcised. They don't do it in Europe.

Crystal said...

Pamela - you are in my thoughts and prayers, and I wish nothing but a perfect outcome for you with no more pain and many more years to write and travel. I will also keep your surgeon and your family in my prayers too.

All the best!

Ronlyn said...

you're probably right on the ambulance bill. And I'm too short to get a leg cramp or anything while flying, even if I fly in the cheap seats.
Ok...now, once I there I suppose I'll have to come up with a creative way to hurt myself. Nothing too serious mind you. this will require some thought and creativity. LOL

Jane said...

Best wishes for a successful surgery and speedy recovery, Pamela.

KarLynP said...

Hope the surgery goes well Pamela! Maybe with enough pain meds, the male nurses will look like the hottie posted above. Take care.

Hi, Crystal — Thank you so very much! I'm very grateful for your prayers. I'm hoping and praying for the same thing. :-)

Hi, Ronlyn — I'll work on some ideas for that... You could just faint. Women used to do that all the time and to good effect.

Hi, Jane — Thank you so very much! I really appreciate it.

Hi, Karen — That's a thought. I'll be on IV morphine for a while. Who knows? I might hallucinate all kinds of exciting things. :-)

And thank you for the good wishes!

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