Hi everybody, I'm still here. It's amazing how many things there are to do when you are preparing to "drop out" of your life for a while. Everything is moving ahead as it should, medical pre-op tests are done, work and home are organized. I feel like I have turned a significant corner mentally and emotionally and I completely credit the power of prayer and positive energy. Thank you all.
I have been "Preparing for Surgery with Mind Body Techniques". It is a structured way to achieve a state of calm preparedness and enlist your mind's power to assist in your own healing. It's almost uncanny, but once I reached this point of absolute calm, everything fell into place as if by magic. I unexpectedly have the full assistance of a marvellous and talented co-worker who will take care of my department and my students in my absence. My doctors are great, my insurance is fantastic, and thanks to disability and my excellent benefits I will lose very little income. My house is clean, my pantry is stocked, and all that is left to do is to pick up a few items for my hospital stay. Twelve more days 'til surgery. I have lots of fun things planned to fill my time until then, and some of them even relate to art and quilts :) I promise next time to post something at least a little bit related to these two topics.