Friday, January 15, 2010
The "Operation V" Story
It was an ordinary day. That is if having a life changing event is ordinary. I have one of those every so often. How about you? Carol and I have three children. She maybe would like to have one more. I’m positive I don’t. We talk and decide it best that I make sure we don’t. I’m off to the surgeon today to take care of it. I enter the office and am ushered into a waiting room where they play a video for me which explains what will happen today and to make sure I really want this to happen. Just get it over with, I think to myself. It is 11:00 AM and time for my appointment. A nurse takes me into the room where I see a long padded table with a light above it. The kind of light they have in dentist's offices and you know how much you like the dentist. “Take off you clothes and put this on, making sure you tie it in the front,” the nurse tells me. After dong this I am told to sit on the table and wait for the doctor. It was so long ago I don’t even remember his name. “Are you ready?” the doctor asks me. I respond, “You bet!” I lay down with my legs over the end of the table and the nurse next to me. The doctor starts to describe what he is going to do today. I start to feel sick in the stomach. The nurse senses this and asks if I’m feeling sick. I say to the doctor, “I don’t really need to know what your every move will be. Just let me know when you are done.” IT’S QUIET. 15-20 minutes later the doctor tells me that he has finished, but, “Why don’t you just lie here for a while until you are feeling better. We’ll give you instructions when you are ready to leave." They cover me with a warm blanket and I’m asleep in no time. About a half hour later I open my eyes. It is quiet. REALLY QUIET! Where am I? I start to worry. I remember I was going somewhere for an operation. Did it not work out? I start to look around and then recognize I'm in the operating room. There's that big light above me. I call, "Nurse. Nurse!" After a few minutes I call again. No nurse. Or doctor. Or anyone. I take off the blankets and search for my clothes. No clothes. I still have this paper whatchamacallit around me so I tie it in the front and walk toward the other end of the office, looking for anyone I can find. Ah! The receptionist is sitting at her desk. Boy did I scare her! "Who are you?" she asks. "I'm LDub and I just had a life altering operation!! (I really didn't say life altering) "Can you tell me what to do? I'm ready to leave." I say to her. "Well, you can't leave like that. Everyone is out to lunch." she responds. She does help me find my clothes and instructs me to call back in an hour to get instructions. I head home to rest. I'm still tired from the experience. Once home I sit in my favorite lounge chair with some food and turn on the TV. Can you imagine what might have happened at that time if I had seen one of those lawyer commercials on TV saying "if you have ever had an operation and the doctors and nurses left you while they went to lunch call this #." It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.