Day +693: My bags are packed, I’m ready to go…

10/23/12: As ready as I’ll ever be, I suppose. My neck dissection was originally scheduled for 7:30 tomorrow morning but got pushed until noon. That means we can arrive at the hospital at the more reasonable hour of 9:30 a.m. instead of 5:30 a.m.! Presumably, my hospital stay will be 3-5 days. I don’t have a good idea of what to expect this time, despite talking with my doctors and nurses and reading accounts from others who’ve had similar surgeries because the information varies quite a bit. I guess it’s a case where I’ll just have to wait and see. I trust my surgeon to do a good job. That’s what’s important at this point.

The good news is that my throat pain is much better today. I haven’t had any hydrocodone since yesterday – just a couple of Tylenol. I’m continuing to enjoy this beautiful autumn we’re having. The view from our little home in the woods is lovely. I hate leaving it, even for a few days.


  1. Good Evening Karen, know that you are in my prayers for a very quick recovery.
    My heart goes out to you and so very sorry you are going through this.
    God Bless and make you well again very soon.

  2. Karen! Sending you all the strength and love in the universe for the next few days in the hospital. Also sending good vibes to Michael and the medical team.
    much love, jenny xoxo

  3. Leaving on a Jet Plane. I think the I remember Judy Collins, but it sounds like Jim Croce wrote it.

    Good drugs!

  4. Karen,
    It was wonderful to read your update yesterday about needing less pain meds and then to read now that the trend has continued. The Halloween display was gorgeous and quite a bit more elaborate than our few decorations with some tea lights in them 🙂
    We’ll be thinking of you both, especially in the next fews days, and wishing you a quick return to that gorgeous view.
    Please remain a boring patient this time!!!
    Much love and many hugs.

  5. Wishing you the speediest of recoveries for this next round, and let it be the last you’ll need! You’ve endured more than your share.

  6. Leaving On A Jet Plane. Ben Affleck. 😉 You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Thinking of you!!!

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