I was awoken from my bed at 4:00 am on Saturday, July 12th, 1997, for my scoliosis surgery. The drive to the hospital was nearly 2.5 hours with surgery check-in at 7 am. My mother and father drove me to the surgery center while I resumed sleeping in the camper shell of our truck. When … Continue reading Surgery Day Part 1
The only major preparation I remember doing for my impending scoliosis surgery was to have my own blood available for transfusion. Blood loss during scoliosis surgery can be quite extensive and often requires the need of transfusions to replenish what is lost during the procedure. To make the whole process easier, my surgeon suggested that … Continue reading I donated blood… to myself.
I had a difficult time believing I would ever be a leader. In fact, I was always perfectly fine being a follower. As a shy, quiet introvert, I always envied others who were talkative and outgoing. They were who I wanted to be as they exhibited qualities I thought were characteristic of leaders- brave, determined, … Continue reading I’m a follower, not a leader. Or am I?