The Days Leading up to Surgery

The mornings are the worst. You are laying there alone with your thoughts. Fear seems to wrap me like a tight blanket. If I go back to sleep, I can relax again as my mind lets go. It is tempting to sleep all day. I know that the dog is waiting for me downstairs. Once I set myself in motion, things get better. I head downstairs, and Tiggy crouches down with his tail wagging. He likes when you sneak up on him, his tail wags furiously. As I approach, he pops up and then performs the perfect “downward dog.” ┬áThe mornings are probably the best for him because he knows breakfast is quickly approaching.

I am on Day 3 of an antibiotic to fight a sinus infection. I woke up feeling kind of off and it makes me worry a little bit because I want to be in tip-top shape for surgery on Wed. morning. If I get really sick, it will delay the surgery which I don’t want. I have never had major surgery or been under anesthesia before. I wish I hadn’t watched a Discovery Health episode where a lady was put under and could hear and feel everything but couldn’t move. I mentioned this to my dad and he said I should worry more about an asteroid hitting the earth than that happening to me under anesthesia. This makes me feel better.

My coworker, Tony, stopped by to bring me homemade bread and chili. He pulled up in his little mini Cooper and I just couldn’t help but think, “Wow, he spent part of his weekend cooking and delivering a meal to me”… so incredibly nice. I feel like I should be doing something for him because he is going to be picking up a lot of extra slack while I am out.

OK, I’m off to Annapolis to let the dog swim and give him a bath. My dad cooked some lamb, mashed potatoes and greens.

I know the picture below is random, but this is what I feel like posting.

Jim attempts to clean something from Mr. T's eye. I like this picture becuase you can see Tiggy's personality coming through in it. This was in the Fall, my favorite time of year.

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5 Responses to The Days Leading up to Surgery

  1. mary lavin says:

    Alison: So sorry to hear of your diagnosis but after reading this blog it sounds like you are in the best of hands. I will be thinking of you and Jim this week and sending good karma your way. thanks for sharing your journey. love: mary (dart’s big sis)

  2. Kim B says:

    I just know that AQ is going to kick BC’s butt!!

    Loved reading this blog, Al. It sounds like you are handling this as best as anyone could hope to. So glad it’s been caught so early, and just know that you have another friend out there saying prayers for a speedy recovery and thank you’s to those amazing aunts of yours up there for looking out for you.

  3. Melissa Byrd says:

    Hi Al,
    Thinking about you all the time and sending prayers of strength and healing your way:

    A sunbeam to warm you,
    A moonbeam to charm you,
    A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
    ~Irish Blessing

    Much, much love to you now and always!!

  4. Sally Duane says:

    Alison- Joe and I will be thinking about you and Jim this week. I know Courtney will keep us posted on your progress. Stay strong.
    Sally and Joe Duane

  5. Erin-Molly says:

    Hey Al!

    I love this post. I remember Tiggy’s downward dog. He always does that when you’re coming!

    I was so sad to hear about your diagnosis. These things seem to only happen to the best people. But it sounds like you are doing great. I’m saying lots of prayers for you and your family (and of course, Tiggy). I know you’ll make it through this- BC never stood a chance! Stay strong.

    Lots of love,

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