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Thread #127416   Message #2841836
Posted By: Bat Goddess
17-Feb-10 - 08:40 AM
Thread Name: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
Subject: BS: Curmudgeon's Cancer Surgery 2-23-2010
Not trying to impinge upon the attention on Kendall's surgery yesterday, but Tom is actually on his way to Mass General (by train, solo) right now for his meeting with the anesthesiologist to make sure his long postponed second vocal cord procedure is back on track.

This will be on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd -- Dr. Zeitels will remove the remaining cancer on Tom's left vocal cord (which was left after the first surgery so it wouldn't grow together with the area of the right vocal fold during healing) and start on the rebuilding process by injecting Tom's body fat into the area of his right vocal fold.

We got just enough snow late yesterday to be a major annoyance this morning. My boss sent me home at 5:30 (instead of making me stay to close at 8) after the snow started to get serious. He closed as soon as the doctor's last patient had gone. It took me two hours to make the usual 30 minute drive. Visibility sucked and on the Spaulding Turnpike and Rte. 4 I never went faster than 30 mph. Then came to a (thankfully not screaming) halt west of Lee Circle. Sat for 45 minutes not knowing what was blocking traffic ahead. Finally eastbound traffic started coming through, then we got to move ahead a bit, etcet etcet. Finally pulled past a petroleum tank truck in the middle of the road and it was more or less free sailing home. (I'd been painfully close to my turnoff when traffic stopped.) Got home after 7:30 but before the need to pee got desperate.

We both had to leap out of bed at 5 this morning. Let me rephrase that. I had to leap out of bed and immediately get dressed and out to shovel the deck, trudge to the head of the driveway and clear Tom's car of the snow stuck to all sides of it. Then shovel out the front (our plow guy had been by and cleared between the cars and the road) of his car and pull it forward so I could clean off the passenger side.

Tom is moving very slowly because of the defib adjustment, but he was out of the house, armed with my cell phone, a card with his destination at Mass General on it so the driver of the Partners bus could get him there from North Station (in Boston traffic, etc. Tom wouldn't be able to vocally make himself understood), Advair and cane. Took him a bit to get up our long uphill driveway but I had the car warmed up for him to rest in before he left, more or less on time, to get the Downeaster train in Durham.

After I got my car shovelled out, I went and got some McFood and McCoffee at the Circle and had a delightful conversation with a gentleman who was convinced that he was older than I was (we were reminiscing about winter weather past) and startled to find I'm 60 and have some years on him. He thought I was in my 40s.

Just got my feet and gloves soaked yet again getting in some more firewood. And when my feet thaw out, I'll go out and get some more. My car isn't blocking the driveway, so our plow guy can clear it at his convenience.

Meanwhile, I won't relax until Tom is safely home again later today and I'm not sure exactly when that will be. I hope he gets a chance to stop in and see Kendall and Jacqui when he's there.

Linn