Well, after all that mess, I have a three-level fusion scheduled for November 19th. I won’t know what time surgery is until the day before — that’s when they set the surgery schedule. My dear friend Ronda, without whom I would be totally lost, has offered to come and get me the day before, let me spend the night at her house, and take me to the hospital in the morning. It’s not like we’re exactly next-door neighbors. She will have to drive an hour and a half down the freeway to come and get me, then turn around and drive an hour and a half back, with me yacking up a storm in the car. 😉 I think I will leave my car key for my brother, sister, or niece, who will house sit for me while I spend my four days in the hospital (that ought to drive me right over the edge) so they can come and get me at the end of my stretch. I’ll need a comfortable, reclinable seat to get home in, and I don’t want to put Ronda out on both ends of the deal. She’ll tell me it’s no trouble, but let’s face it, even fish begin to stink after three days!
The surgery scares the heck out of me, but it is comforting to know a little bit about the future and have a few things to plan around, instead of being in the midst of chaos. An info packet should be arriving from the surgeon’s office and then I can formulate any questions I haven’t thought of yet. Most importantly — when can I get back to quilting?
Between now and surgery, I will have to spruce the house up so I can function and my houseguests can find things that I will be needing (oh how I hate having people take care of me — I hope I won’t need anyone for long). I also have two long quilting weekends to attend. I don’t know how much sewing my back will be able to take, but I’m going to give it the old college try. I may spend the whole time on the floor with my knees up knitting socks instead of sewing, but I’m going anyway! My first outing will be the Ocean Waves Quilt Camp, Oct 23-26, on the Oregon Coast, and then October 31-November 2 I’ll be at Silver Falls State Park for the GetAwayGirls Fall Retreat. Might as well live it up before the big pain comes. If i work this right, I can start a quilt at camp, perhaps finish piecing it at the retreat, and maybe get to quilt it at the end of my recovery period. We’ll see!