Day +681: There’s someone in my head and it’s not me…

10/11/12: I asked Michael to post this while he’s waiting for me to get out of surgery. The timing for the tagline was too perfect with my surgical team and da Vinci robot working their magic while I sleep. Please ignore the fact that in the photo the surgeons are performing abdominal rather than throat surgery! It was my favorite pic of those I found. I especially liked the nice dark room.


At 3:21 Karen went in the operating room.

“…Helpless, helpless, helpless
…Baby can you hear me now…
…The chains are locked…
…and tied across the door…
Baby, sing with me somehow…”

At 5:21 Waiting…no update…
At 6:08 Still in surgery, heard from OR nurse.
At 7:12 Karen is in post-OP, will be in ICU tonight – no room at the inn problems being worked. I talked with the DR surgery went ok.


Addendum from Karen: Much better than I expected! I awoke in the OR and could already talk and swallow. Allowed to sip water and Italian ice when I got to my room. Isn’t modern technology wonderful! In the pre-robot days, they’d have split my jaw to get to my base of tongue.


  1. I hope it goes well! We’re all thinking of you both. (Brain Damage – Pink Floyd)

  2. It is a great picture. Looks a little Halloweenish to me. Hope you are recovering well. Looking forward to the next post. Love you.

  3. darn……#2 favoriteband everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. cool
    picture. did michael take it? did it cost 20.00 like those horrible amusement rides photos? its definitely a scary ride ey? maybe you should get comfotably numb too michael. hopefully this will all be over soon and your new normal will be briGHt and shiney …like you!!!! xoxoxoxox kisses onyou both

  4. Karen and Michael,
    Hope all went as well as it could have this afternoon and that you are resting comfortably Karen. Great picture with the surgeon sitting at a console instead of standing over the patient.
    Sending all good thoughts your way 🙂
    Hugs to you both,
    Deb and Mike

  5. Karen;
    I have not been on my computer, sorry to hear you are having surgery.
    This is a surprise. Sorry I was not aware of this sooner.
    Praying that you will do well and back on your feet again very soon.
    Know you are in my prayers every day.
    God Bless

  6. Thinking of you tonight and hope you are feeling better 🙂

  7. Dear Karen and Michael, thinking of you both…. Hope the surgery went well and the recovery is smooth and comfortable. Xoxo Jenny

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