Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Here we go

I've been up since 3 a.m. Pacific Time, and I'm so tired. Flew out to Seattle at 7 a.m., caught a bus to Tacoma, walked to the hotel, ate an early lunch, took a taxi to the hospital for my CT, walked over to Dr. Mayo's office, and then had my lab work and pre-admit appointment. Took a cab back to the hotel and now here I am, about to shower with the special anti-bacterial soap, but there's no hot water.

My sister missed my appointments after being delayed in Michigan for almost four hours. But I was so relieved when I finally saw her, and I'm so, so grateful that she's here.

Up at 4:30 tomorrow for my 5:30 check-in and then Dr. Mayo will work his magic at 8.

I'm exhausted and nervous.

The good news is that I was really impressed with Dr. Mayo today. He was friendly, knowledgeable and explained things thoroughly. I even got him to smile (mission accomplished!) when I said something to him about not sneezing during surgery. I do not need a femoral osteotomy (whew!) and the surgery should be over in about four hours.

Lots of details I would like to include, but for now, I need to get some sleep and try to focus my brain elsewhere.

My sister, Jamie, will be posting some updates while I'm conked out.

My final thoughts, besides feeling that I can't believe this is actually happening, can be summed up as the way Oscar felt in "Armageddon" when he was about to go into space and blow up an asteroid.

"I'm great. I got that excited/scared feeling. Like 98 percent excited, 2 percent scared. Or maybe it's more. It could be ... it could be 98% scared, 2% excited, but that's what makes it so intense: it's so ... confused. I can't really figure it out."

4 comments:

Hip Chick said...

Hi Cass,

I wish you all the best tomorrow. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. See you on the other side!

Laura

Anonymous said...

Cassie

Good Luck remember there are hip sisters all around

RK

Lauren said...

Cass

Waiting is hard but trust me you will do just fine. And by tomorrow afternoon it will all be behind you and then you can focus on healing. We are all here if you need us. Soon though you'll truly be part of the club with a groovy new scar.
Speak to you soon. Also if you want to speak to someone in person before tomorrow e-mail me your number and I'd be happy to call. lauren@unitoneatlanta.com

Good luck.
Lauren

MY PAO STORY said...

Hope all went well!!
Beth