Monday, December 1, 2008

And... we're back!

Hi. John here. Just wanted to do a test post and make sure this is all working fine and dandy before the big surgery Wednesday.

Not much exciting news to report, which I guess is a good thing! We drove down yesterday afternoon and stopped and had a really nice lunch with Darla and Bobby, our new fellow Chiarians from the New Paltz area. Darla had her mini-PFD and spinal fusion about a month ago. She looks great and is doing so well ~ she is truly an inspiration to us. Her spirits are great and it is so invaluable to both Lacie and I to have found a new friendship in this strange but wonderful bond we have through the Chiari community. 

The traffic was utterly horrible on the way down. Note to self (and all readers!) - do not attempt to travel the NYS thruway south on the Sunday after Thanksgiving if it can be at all avoided. I think there were more license plates on the road from NJ, CT, & PA than NY! After getting off at Newburgh exit for our lunch get-together, we took a tip from Bobby and cut East on I-84 to I-684, which takes you down to some other highways that eventually patch you into I-278, which brings us into Brooklyn where we had a relaxing supper with the Dawsons, who were also kind enough to put us up for the night. Thanks to Bobby for the driving tips. Other than one bottleneck at the end of 684, it was pretty smooth sailing.

I'm currently in the Pre-Admission Testing area where Lacie is doing paperwork and other pre-op related stuff. We had the MRI earlier this morning. After this, we are off to check in at Variety House, then a quick lunch and over to TCI for an afternoon appointment. If history dictates, TCI will likely suck up the rest of the day like a nail in an expiring radial tire. Any of you who have been there before know that they always seem to be understaffed and behind in the daily schedule. I think we waited over 3 hours there the first time. But it is worth the wait, and we thank God that He has led us there. 

4 comments:

Jeff Fioley said...

Hi Lacie and John--

Just wanted to let you know that Tina and I will be thinking of you, and we'll be sending positivity your way. If you need anything, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Jeff

Anonymous said...

John,
Thank you so much for posting while Lacie is shall we say busy.
My thoughts and prayers are with you both.
Lacie has been so wonderful to me through my chiari and now tethered cord I hope to give back if even just by prayer.
Blessings,
Laura

Debbie said...

John,

You have such a great descriptive way of describing things.....thanks. It made me chuckle. I hope things go well for you. One question...is the surgery Tuesday or Wednesday? I thought it was Tuesday but you indicated Wednesday so now I am questioning myself...which is par for the course.

Good Luck to you guys and tell Lacie I will be praying for her that this all works out for her and that this will be the end of this road...at least one can hope anyways.

Debbie

Anonymous said...

Hi guys-
I just wanted to let you all know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Katherine Tramonte