|The calm before the storm. Stoller Winery|
with Victor Pancichkul, Kathy, Charles Price,
Steve & Christina Martin, and Larry Gray
|The large black lines were the incision |
points, later sewn together.
|3 days post surgery, |
before the drains
|A typical daily agenda, minus|
listings of the many other
injections, and antibiotics.
|Turns out I was allergic to tape, so|
the area surrounding my 9" incision
is highly inflamed and itchy.
I am lucky! It happened out of the blue at the right time and place before internal bleeding or
gangrene. The attack and the post-surgery recovery are the most painful things I have ever experienced. We had just returned from our Desert Trip rock concert Indo, CA, and we were starting to pack for our bicycle tour of Cuba, departing November 1. Had this happened during these trips things would have turned out much worse.
It turns out that we wouldn't have been able to go to Cuba after all, because Kathy's mom was rushed to the ER on Saturday for a urinary tract infection and a wildly fluctuating heart beat. (Poor Kathy--dealing with both of us in the hospital at the same time!) We couldn't have left with a clear conscience with no support for her locally. I got some good doctor-ordered walks going to visit her in the CV unit in the other building. She's back at Dallas Retirement Village and apparently feeling much better then I do.
I was also lucky to have this happen in 2016 instead of 1966 or earlier. The medications and the diagnostic tools truly are a marvel. I dread getting the bill for all of this. My guess is about $50,000+ but I'm lucky again to have insurance to cover most of it. This experience would have been much more stressful wondering if I could afford any of it.
|View from my window|
|I generated about 3 of these a day, |
and much more during my surgery.
As the title says, not all adventures are fun. This was one of them, but it was a good opportunity to reflect upon how things can change in an instant, the nature of pain, and to appreciate good health and all of the people in my life.