I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate it in the US. There is a lot to be thankful for this year despite the events, challenges, and changes that have affected all of us. I am thankful for my family, health, and a possible new career direction I have recently been aiming … Continue reading Surgery Day Part 2
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.