Tuesday, August 30, 2005


My father's surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. I'm considering calling him tonight and giving a detailed description of the steak and crab leg dinner we're having (even though we can afford neither, and he knows it) because he's going on his second day of a liquid diet in preparation for tomorrow's procedure. Major bummer (yes, I was a child of the 80's.)

Those of you who check in regularly and believe in this sort of thing, would you mind sending a little extra hope over to Durham NC tomorrow? I'm sure he'll be fine - but Judy could probably use all the energy she can get. She has the unenviable task of waiting at the hospital for him to come out of surgery and anesthesia. I'm hoping she has a good book, although when Duckie went in for her tubes (a much less complex surgery) I was a basketcase and couldn't have read the ingredients on a jug of spring water, much less a book or magazine.

Thanks, y'all.


James said...

May his surgery go smoothly and without much suffering. My thoughts are with you and your family. I am sending you all my best.

SB Gypsy said...

Sending lots of energy and prayers for your dad's speedy recovery. Hope he comes out of the fog with a calm stomach!

oldwhitelady said...

My hopes for his speedy recovery are winging their way there. I hope everything went great and he'll feel better soon.

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