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Preparing for Surgery

An introspective look at getting ready for surgery

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Comment from Rachelle Allen
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Good Morning!

I thought you were on my list of people whose work I would automatically receive, but I was just checking through the portfolios of various people whose writing I've liked and was surprised to come across this. I'll be sure to change whatever status I need to in order to get you in my sights!!

I'm so sorry I missed this when it originally posted. I'm sending you luck and healing karma and my heartiest wishes for a speedy recovery. As far as your goal to walk again: If you can dream it, you can do it, Baby!! Attitude is EVERYTHING!! I have a friend whose son was hit while he road a bike in NYC. His brain damage was so severe, he was given a five percent chance of recovery. Two months ago, he graduated with honors from med school. He had no intention of staying down for the count. If you dream it, you can do it, Jesse!! I'm cheering you on from the sidelines!! Please keep me apprised. xo

 Comment Written 31-Aug-2022

Comment from Brett Matthew West
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Surgeries can be scary no matter what they are for. Some Notes:

-Why don't you write how you feel about surgery? Probably because your mind was on preparing for a major event.

-If the surgeon cracks jokes, laugh. He would never expect that.

-Amazing what one worries about, usually needless stress self-imposed.

-"Fan Story" should be FanStory.

-"Walking upright without the need for a wheelchair." There you go. All the reason for the surgery.

-"who knows" looks like it should be on the same line as "sequoia trees."

-An "unbeat and positive" attitude is half the battle and tends to see a person through their tryingest times.

 Comment Written 25-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 27-Aug-2022
    Thanks for reading and reviewing my piece.
    Tryingest times isn't even a word. Thanks for your suggestions I will keep them in mind as I undergo surgery.
    Jesse
Comment from Cindy Decker 2
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Jesse,
I'm sorry I didn't read this in a timely manner.
Did you have your surgery yet?
I pray all goes well.
I remember being partly confined to a wheel chair after intensive surgery.
Recovery was a slow process, but I got better in steps. I eventually graduated to a wheel Walker, then a cane, but now I walk with no aid at all--and I hope you do too in your time.
Please keep me posted when you get a chance.
Blessings, friend.
Cindy

 Comment Written 25-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 25-Aug-2022
    Hello Cindy. There is never a wrong time to get a review. And no, I haven't had my surgery yet. It is happening on the first of September.
    Thank you for sharing your experience of being in a wheelchair and slowly recovering to now you no longer need any assistance to walk at all!
    I hope the same happens to me!
    I will keep you posted along with all of the others on Fan Story.
    Until then,
    Jesse

reply by Cindy Decker 2 on 25-Aug-2022
    I will say prayers, Jesse.
    Blessings,
    Cindy
Comment from LisaMay
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I can well understand your fear of an extended operation. It is easier to handle things when we are in control, but with your positive attitude and the prayers of your friends it will all go well and those trekking poles will be put to good use. I will be singing "Hang on Sunny" along with you.

 Comment Written 21-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 21-Aug-2022
    Thanks, my friend, for this supportive and understanding review.
    As a hiker yourself you can fully understand the importance of balance and agility when it comes to using trekking poles. Sunny and I appreciate your kindness and caring and we will hear you singing "Hang on Sunny."
    Jesse
Comment from dragonpoet
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Jesse,
This essay shows your hope and strength. I hope the surgery goes well and turns out shorter than expected. It would be great to have a picture of you with the trekking sticks replace the one in the wheelchair in your profile. I will pray for your quick recovery and ability to walk again.
Keep writing and stay healthy
Joan

 Comment Written 16-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 16-Aug-2022
    Thanks for the great suggestion Joan I will work on that picture of me with my trekking poles when it comes to my fruition. I haven't changed my profile photo in a long time.
    Thank you for your kindness and caring. I will remember you when I am in recovery and healing once again.
    Thanks for your prayers, my friend.
    Jesse
reply by dragonpoet on 16-Aug-2022
    You are very welcome on all accounts, Jesse.
    Joan
reply by the author on 16-Aug-2022
    Thanks, Joan!
Comment from royowen
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Well you have one person at least that the surgeon's hands will successfully complete the operation, and that you'll surely walk again. Somethings we talke fo grated in our lives is the gift of mobility. I have prayed for you Jesse, bless you and recover well, blessings Roy

 Comment Written 11-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 11-Aug-2022
    I agree! We often take for granted the gift of mobility!
    Thanks, Roy, for your blessings and wishes for my recovery.
    Your prayers are always welcomed.
    Jesse
reply by royowen on 11-Aug-2022
    Most welcome Jesse.
Comment from jessizero
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Thank you for sharing your feelings and fears with us here. I will say a prayer for you on September 1 if you don't mind. If you mind, I will just send you good thoughts.
I just have one question: what are "trekking poles"?
Best wishes to you.

 Comment Written 09-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 10-Aug-2022
    Hi Jessi.
    Trekking poles are also called walking sticks. People use them like poles for cross country skiing. Yet they are used on land instead of snow.
    Thanks for your kind review and for wishing me well.
    Jesse
Comment from joann r romei
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I enjoyed your story, you shared your fears and the reader can understand and sympathize. My husband complains of neck pain, he may need a surgery down the road, Good luck

 Comment Written 08-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 10-Aug-2022
    I am glad you enjoyed my story.
    I send my good wishes to your husband, I hope he doesn't need neck surgery.
    I had neck surgery back in 2020 and I still feel a twinge every now and then.
    Thanks for wishing me good luck.
    Jesse
Comment from TDLRasmar
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I'm sure you will be fine. If you want to have a pissing contest about past surgeries. I had open heart surgery that lasted about 10 hours and I was intubated for 22 hours. My surgeon literally held my heart in his hands. But anyway, about your big day. Best of luck and I will be praying for you. And no shortcuts on the rehab.

 Comment Written 08-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 08-Aug-2022
    Urinating contests is not my thing.
    Thanks for the guidance and support.
    Thanks for the good wishes of luck.
    And there will be no shortcuts taken in the rehab. I take rehab seriously.
    Jesse
Comment from Soledadpaz
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I wish you the best with your procedure. I will be sending good thoughts. Surgery is a scary process, to think about, to prepare for. We think of the worst scenarios but thankfully few materialize. I am the same way, though I spent many years on the other side of the bed rail (nurse), it feels very strange to be the one being cared for.

I hope Sunny will be there to welcome you home!

Sol

 Comment Written 08-Aug-2022


reply by the author on 08-Aug-2022
    Thanks, Sol, for your thoughtful review. I see from your review that previously, you were a nurse. Yes, it must feel strange to be now on the other side being cared for.
    Thanks for your support and guidance.
    Let's both hope that Sunny is there to greet me when I return home.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Jesse