Groundhog Day

I’m in the process of getting ready to have surgery this morning. The procedure is exceptionally familiar, given that I am having a throat dilatation surgery, for the nineteenth time.

The admission nurse asked me a long series of questions, to review my relevant medical history. I was asked about all of my medication allergies, as well as when I last took each of my prescription medications.

An IV was started, in my left hand. I’m now waiting for my ENT surgeon, as well as today’s anesthesiologist, to come in to discuss my procedure. I’ll also need to sign a consent form for today’s surgery.

I’m feeling relaxed and confident this morning. I can’t help but think that today may be the very last time that I have this type of surgery.

I doubt that I will feel anywhere near this relaxed when I am facing a tracheal re-section. In less than three weeks, I’ll be seeking a second opinion regarding this surgery, at the Cleveland Clinic.

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