Note: The "Trooper" in question is not actually in the military. It's a metaphor, people.

January 6, 2008

We'll See....

I can't tell you how many OTHER posts I had planned to kick off the blog in 2008. But I'm trying to be Zen about what has occurred over the last three days so I'm just going to tell it like it is. I got home from my holiday road trip with Wine Guy on Jan 2nd and headed into my last day at work on Jan 3rd. This was my final day in the office before taking about 8 weeks of medical leave for my surgery. My plan was to take Friday, Jan 4th off for some last minute errands, cleaning, packing, a pedicure, etc and then spend the weekend enjoying my last days of mobility and a crutch-free life. It was not to be.

Instead, Thursday afternoon I started aching all over. By 11pm Thursday night I was vomiting. By midday Friday I was basically immobile, unable to keep anything down and was completely panicking that my surgery was going to be postponed. This went on through Saturday afternoon when I finally I had to go to urgent care to get put on an IV because I was so dehydrated. It is only today - Sunday - that I can sit up, slowly gnaw on a piece of dry bread and sip Gatorade. But this is a major improvement and makes me just a little giddy that I can do these simple things.

I will say that Wine Guy has been quite incredible during these trying few days. Don't get me wrong, he's not my mommy, which is who you really want babying you while you think you are dying with your head in a toilet bowl. But for a guy, he was pretty darn wonderful and has taken great care of me. Today was his first time out of the apartment this whole weekend and he kept checking on me to make sure I was OK. Now he's coming home to make me my first "meal" since Thursday afternoon - chicken broth! Yum, yum!

I am hoping and praying that the surgeon will give me the OK to still go through with tomorrow's surgery.There is nothing worse than getting totally emotionally prepared for something as big as this and then have it all go to crap. Postponing it would probably mean months since it involves booking two surgeons for a five hour procedure in an overbooked hospital. Plus my mom has totally rearranged her life to take care of me post-op and Mendoza Line's parents were going to stay in my vacant apartment during their extended visit to San Diego to escape the frigid Iowa winter. It would suck for everyone if this thing got postponed. But, it seems like the docs feel confident that this virus will be out of my system in time and, as long as I continue to stay hydrated, I should be OK to do it.

So basically I'm sitting here on an unusually rainy San Diego afternoon hoping I DON'T hear from the surgeon so I can get up at 4am and head to the hospital for yet a few more weeks of physical misery. But man, I can't imagine anything worse than this stomach bug so I guess this might have been an exercise in "looking at the bright side."

So, if you hear from me in the next two days, then, well, they cancelled it (and I assure you I will be upset). If you don't hear from me for awhile, then assume I'm high on morphine, learning to walk on crutches and eager to get a hold of my laptop to tell you more tales from the Battlefield.

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year and that 2008 is treating you far better!

Dismissed.

13 comments:

The City Gal said...

I had that exactly two weeks ago. It sucked!

I am sure they will go ahead with the surgey.

Good Luck

The Maiden Metallurgist said...

Good luck. Crutches blow, but mom's are awesome.

Nicole said...

First, sorry you've been sick - that stupid flu thing has been horrible.

Second, hope we don't hear from you but if we we do, I hope it's a morphined up you. Your writing often is hysterical, so a morphine version of that would probably be even funnier!

Finally, ML's folks are from Iowa? Where abouts? And, man, are they smart for getting out of here during the friggin winter. (sigh). I do miss LA sometimes.

Good luck with the surgery!

mimi of sexagenarian and the city said...

oh dt, that's awful! i really hope you can have the surgery tomorrow. lots of luck to you in absolutely all medical matters. i'll be thinking of you...as the quakers say, i'll 'hold you in the light.' mimi

Samantha said...

Feel better and good luck. I really hope you can have your surgery tomorrow. I will be thinking good thoughts for you. Yay for WG being a good caretaker. XOXO

Anonymous said...

GOOD LUCK! I've never commented, but I love your blog and think you're hilarious. Good luck with the sugery and the nasty stomach bug :)

c.a. Marks said...

Well damn! I hope everything goes well for you and I'm glad you are feeling physically better anyway. Good luck and please let us know one way or another of your progress.

Just-Me-Jen said...

Wow - hell of a weekend!
Good luck with the surgery & your recovery.

M said...

love your blog. will be sending you loads of good wishes!!

Loverville said...

Good luck! You last wrote a few days ago, so hopefully the surgery went as planned, and you're enjoying Mom time while catching up on bad TV!

Anonymous said...

Hey, best wishes to you. Safe recovery to you, healthy thoughts sent your way from my neck of the woods.

Michele said...

Good luck to you. I'll add you to my prayer list for the sick and otherwise felling generally crappy folks : ) Get well soon.

mimi of sexagenarian and the city said...

missing you, dt. can't wait till you're well enough to post again.
heard from melissa ("domestic irritation") how much pain you were in. hoping very much you have no memory of it....and are feeling better. still holding you in the light.....mimi