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Monday, October 27, 2014

The "Under The Knife, Again!" Story

It was an ordinary day.  5:30 AM and Carol and I are heading out the door on our way to Lancaster General Hospital in downtown Lancaster, PA.  Today is the day that I hopefully will get relief from all my back problems once and for all.  Two previous operations worked, but they seemed to be only temporary solutions for my stenosis.  This time I will have a Lumbar Fusion that perhaps should have been part of my last operation, but never happened.  I searched for the best surgeon I could find and have one of the 100 best neuro surgeons in the United States.  He told me he can help me and I believe him.  Got a call two days ago from the hospital anesthesiology department questioning me about the meds I take and asking if I am allergic to anything.  We talked about what will happen and what I can expect.  When we were done the nurse asked if I had any more questions that she could answer for me. "I have just one question.  Do you have WiFi?" I asked her.  Didn't hear anything from her for a few seconds, then she said, "I really meant questions such as how much will it hurt and how long will I be in the hospital.  They're the types of questions people usually ask.  You're the first one to every ask if there is WiFi.  And, we don't have WiFi in the rooms.  You can use a commons area, but we would rather not have you in those areas, since you may pick up something from someone in those areas."  I responded, "That's OK.  I just won't be able to publish my blog stories until I get home from the hospital."  So, if you check in over the next couple of days you may not see any new stories.  Not that I don't have any, but I don't want to get germs from visitors to the hospital.  I'll be back soon!  I promise!!"  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.

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