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"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
-Randy Pausch

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Surgery Tomorrow!

SO, I found out Friday afternoon that I am going to have a tonsillectomy first thing Monday morning.  Talk about a fast turnaround!  I've been having problems with my tonsils for the past two years, and they've just gotten bad enough where they need to come out.  I'm not excited about the surgery, but am glad they're coming out.  They've been a pain in the @$$.   

I was supposed to fly to VA to get my next Remicade Infusion this coming Friday, but it's not going to happen anymore.  If I got my infusion this Friday I would have to wait four weeks to get my tonsils taken out b/c general anesthesia can't really be mixed with Remicade.  Right now I pretty much have the least amount of Remicade in my system (as I'm due this Friday), so I might as well have the surgery done while I have the least amount of toxins in my system.  The ENT got me in as quickly as he did b/c the longer it takes for me to get my surgery, the longer I go without my medicine.  I'm not sure when I'll be able to fly back to VA for my infusion after my surgery b/c my Gastro doc gave me a BIG time frame ranging from 10 days to 4 weeks post surgery.  What the?!  I guess it depends on my recovery.

I figured there is never going to be a convenient time for me to get my tonsils taken out with this disease, so this is prob the best time.  I'm healthy right now, and there's no guarantee I'll still be in remission in four weeks.  I think my recovery time will be about two weeks, but hopefully I'll be able to spin easy a week from tomorrow...we'll see.  I am pissed about not being able to go to Interbike though.  Oh well, there's always next year.  =(  

Below is a pic of the rising AZ sun as Mike and I were getting ready to ride up South Mountain (SOMO).

I decided that since I'm going to be off the bike for at least a week I might as well go all out.  When Mike let me know he was riding SOMO today I thought that would be the perfect ride pre-surgery.  I'm not going to lie; I was a bit intimidated b/c I've heard horror stories about the constant climb up the mountain.  Last night I tried to convince Mike that we should ride out by Sahuaro Lake, but he wasn't havin' it.  Needless to say, we rode SOMO today and I am absolutely ecstatic that we did!  It was challenging, but not nearly as bad as I thought.  I guess I really am much stronger than I originally thought(yeah Mike, you were right)!  

Below are some pics from the peak of the mountain.

This is a pic of me at the peak of the mountain.  I almost puked when we got up there!  

And you wonder why I love this place?  AZ has AWESOME cycling.  So many different routes so things don't get boring, TONS of climbing...what's not to love?  

Anyway, I'll leave updates on how I'm doing.  My surgery is at 0800 tomorrow, but I have to be there at 0600.  Wish me luck!  


Anonymous said...

I'm driving you to the surgery. Ok, lets get something understood. I mean, why would we have to leave at 5, get there by 6, the surgery is at 8, it's over by 8:15, and then you're done at 10???
It's no wonder, I'll just sit there and check the e-mail on the blackberry and read all the paperwork that needs to get done.

Love you sis. Talk soon! Or should I say, see you early.

Sis said...

I'm glad that you are doing soo well. The surgery was "great success" and I know the recovery period will be as well. I'm here for you sis and I will help you around until you are %100

Love ya,

Anonymous said...


great sight. Wayno from VA Beach here. stay in touch.

kicking the beasts ass!

Emma said...

Thanx Wayno!!! You've helped me out so much!

Anonymous said...

Hi Em!!! You don't need those stinkin tonsils!!!! Hehe, feel better soon girl! Hugs!! ~Nikki :)