Sunday, November 27, 2011

Final Countdown

Slept so-so last night.  I kept waking up thinking I over slept and missed my Monday 5:30a check in at the hospital.  Jeremy made a delicious breakfast: scrambled eggs with Canadian bacon, whole wheat toast, a honeycrip apple and coffee.  My last breakfast on "this side" meaning pre-op.  We are so happy to be at the Lodge where he can cook in a big kitchen.

How am I feeling right now?  Still excited but I'm ready to get this over and done with and am tired of waiting. 

I enjoyed our time at the Missouri History Museum but because I got really tired, we left before seeing all the exhibits.  I think I'm simply exhausted from all of the rushed planning that started when I got the call for the earlier surgery date.

I learned a few things today:
1.  Having the central line prevents me from raising my right arm above shoulder height without being in sharp pain.  Learned this lesson while Jeremy was trying his best to help me put on a shirt this morning.

2.  Having the central line prevents me from blow drying my hair while styling with a brush.  I can multi-task many things, but simply cannot do my hair with one hand.  Jeremy was a trooper and helped me out.  :-)

3.  Walking from the museum to the car in thirty-something degree weather is quite painful in the central line area because of shivering and tightening up my shoulders.

4.  MOST IMPORTANT LESSON!  Didja know that Press 'n Seal, you know the stuff that is like Saran Wrap, things you normally use in the kitchen... well, it makes a fabulous water barrier to cover a central line while taking a shower!  Who knew?

What's left on my To Do list:
1.  Evening and morning shower with special soap surgeon gave me
2.  Eat turkey sandwich at 10p to help with stabilizing hypoglycemia
3.  Take Valium
4.  Sleep
5.  Show up at hospital
6.  Sleep
7.  Wake up on the "other side"!

 Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.

I humbly ask for you to continue to pray for me and especially ask for you to pray for Dr. Lenke and his team to be well rested this evening and focused tomorrow.  Mostly importantly, please pray for Jeremy to remain strong and for God to bless him with peace and comfort.

See you tomorrow!  :-)


  1. Praying for you and Jeremy and Dr. Lenke and nurses!

  2. I finally figured out how to comment on your blog. Your bible verse is perfect! Nicole's favorite verse! I know your ready for this to be over and let the healing begin! Psalm 30:2
    O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.

  3. Hi Doreen,
    You will be on my mind all day tomorrow and I'll be praying for you every minute! I sent you an e-mail too. It explains my absense lately. You will get through tomorrow and each day will get better. God Bless You and Jeremy~~~Sincerely,Linda

  4. I'll be thinking of you and Jeremy tomorrow and praying for you. You have a positive attitude and the best scoliosis surgeon in the country.
    This time tomorrow, you will have a straight back!
    (Golfnut from Forum)

  5. "this time tomorrow, you will have a straight back" !!!!!OMG!!!!! You said it, Karen! We are praying for you and Dr Lenke. I am so confident that all will be well, all I can do is smile! Peace be with you two tonight,

  6. Hi Petunia Its your mom and dad. We are praying for you Jeremy and all the surgery team especially Dr.Lenke. Just think no more pain.Love you both