Tuesday, December 14, 2004

The Day in Pictures

Michel This is Michel sitting in the kitchen waiting for it to be time to head off to the hospital. Surprisingly, Michel was not the least bit nervous. She was just anxious to have the surgery so the pain that she has had since her fall back in July would go away.


Michel Here is Michel waiting at the hospital for the surgery. She is listening to London Calling by The Clash. The surgery was scheduled for 3:30 but they wanted us there at 1:30. The problem with showing up on time is that you have to wait.


Michel The surgery was over in almost exactly three hours which is what the doctor told us it would take. It went perfectly and I got to see Michel in recovery about an hour after the surgery was over. Michel's first words when I saw her in recovery were, "I love my shunt." (This is a reference to the Julia Sweeney movie, God Said, "Ha!") The pain between her shoulders was gone for the first time since July. Amazing!


MichelMichel was brought up to the room fairly quickly. She is sore but in good spirits. And she is bald. Completely bald. Totally bald. But she is still beautiful. The next surgery is scheduled for 7:30 AM on Thursday.


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Damn good news Tom. Your wife is freaking awesome!! I am so glad everything went so well.

Gregg Bolinger

Map said...

Maaaaaaaaan... This bald woman looks sexy! ;)

Helen said...

Great news, Thomas. She looks awesome even after major surgery. A real little soldier. :)

Helen said...

In the last two photos Michel looks like a happy Buddhist monk or abbess. It's the red dot between her eyebrows. The effect of calipers? Anyway she looks like she is doing great. I normally don't like looking at surgical photos or even hospital dramas.

Anonymous said...

Unbelieveable -- what a great attitude. I'm so happy this went well.

--EFH

Anonymous said...

Just like Michel to take this in stride. Annmarie

Tom P. said...

About the "red dot"... it was actually a black dot. Apparently the surgeons use a marker to track where they are going to make the incisions and the black dot was probably from the marker.