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Surgery Day

runnerTomorrow morning at this time, I will be at the hospital, prepping for some fairly major surgery. Recovery is 6-8 weeks, assuming nothing goes wrong or develops complications.

I’ve spent the last 3 weeks getting stuff ready for being absent from work and social obligations. I’ve done a lot of crisis preparedness work to make sure all the balls I juggle can either fall safely, or stay in the air with someone else’s hands beneath them. Kickstarter backers and contributors know what’s going on and how we’re proceeding to limit impact on Threadbare. Work is very flexible and will be happy when I’m recovered and come back.

If you wish to pray, please pray for my surgeon’s steady hands and high skill, my anesthesiologist’s care and balance, my nurses’ patience, my family’s comfort, and my health insurer’s generosity.

If you just want to send good wishes, those are always deeply appreciated and you can comment here or on the social media platform of your choice. I’m posting this the day before because I realized I really want the good wishes and cheers. They genuinely help me keep my spirits up.

I scheduled this to happen after the World Series and after election day, and while I’m pleased the Cubs finally won, I’m disappointed (so disappointed) and angry (so angry) with my country, I realized I need to disengage from social media so I can focus on healing. I have one job right now, which is to survive tomorrow and make a full recovery. I cannot win any fight I’m not alive to engage in.

This is unfortunate, because I’m very social and would like to keep talking to my friends– that’s healing for me, usually. But I can’t just open Facebook or Google+ and enjoy it anymore, and being angry is not helping me focus on getting better. I may be using the blog as my broadcast medium for a while– I usually post on Facebook and G+, but the resulting social engagement is hard at the moment.

I need a cocoon right now, not a colosseum.

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5 thoughts on “Surgery Day”

  1. May your body and spirit both be strong tomorrow (and for many years to come)! Sending love and healing your way. Love you!

  2. Hello my dear and good morning. You are very brave and an inspiration to me! All the best healing the doctors nurses guides healers teachers of this world , the next, any parallel worlds and the very love itself that creates all things provides for you every day and especially this bright day. It will be behind you soon! Love you,

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