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Stating The Obvious

on December 3, 2021

My biopsy results are out and sadly I have cancer.

My battle begins on 17 December when I undergo surgery not at Bates Motel but at The Barn (my euphemism for a specialist hospital).

As I am a complicated case to the White Coats of The Barn, I have been interviewed by the One Who Knocks Me Out. This doctor is very concerned as he noted my shopping list of drug allergies and feels that I need to be treated with care.

Before I forget, I will not have the luxury of a private room but I will occupy space in a cattle class shed. Hence, my euphemism of The Barn.

I hesitate to bring Garfield as I might lose him as beds are not left empty and he might be thrown out. I am now wondering how will I keep my cell phone and chop change when I am being sliced and dice. Will I even be granted a locker of sorts when I am in a high dependency ward.

I have no one to care off my items. No one will wait in halls wondering if I survived. My parents are too old and my dad has dementia.

I do not want to trouble my friends as it means they have to take leave from work to be exposed to potential Covid-19.

Mr Ability To Earn will drop me off probably at the crack of dawn as my surgery is scheduled first thing in the morning and White Coat wants me to arrive 1 hour before to be wheeled into the theatre. No luxury of a stay in before and “fast tracked” to be shooed out the gates of The Barn the next day complete with tubes for self care.

Efficiency and bed turns to ensure profits for The Barn is a KPI.

I am unsure if I will survive this major surgery.

I guess if I live, I get to blog again.

If I die then my voice ends after my programmed posts end.

Sigh. I am sad.

I want to have a good cry but I need to stay strong.

I only hope I can or will be remembered for something….if not, for my love of Garfield.

Life….a difficult journey for me….this will be my 29th surgical procedure.

I wonder if I will make it to the Guiness Book of Records?


34 responses to “Stating The Obvious

  1. ralietravels says:

    Both Alie and I are cancer survivors and hope that you may one day be able to look back and say the same.

  2. quiall says:

    You will NOT be forgotten!! I cannot be with you in person but I am with you in spirit. And I am sure I will not be alone. You have become important to us Garfield, please don’t ever forget that. Oh, and if you need to cry… cry. Wail, scream at the gods and hit a pillow. Then put on a weepy movie, cry your eyes out, blow your nose and raise your chin to face the world. You got this my friend!

  3. lteston says:

    The cancer journey is long and hard- it changes you. You are on a path though with many of the most Caring, wise and resilient humans. I am sure you will find your strength there – and carry the smile you wear so well.

  4. Cathy Cade says:

    Stay strong – humour is your best weapon. Thinking of you.

  5. Always Always look forward. What would we do without you? Garfield needs you, so do we ❀
    I’m there with you, so don’t worry, you’ll be ok 😊❀

  6. I’m not good with words of encouragement so I will keep my fingers crossed for you instead. All the best … you can do it.

  7. GP says:

    I’ll be thinking of you every day. You have given me far too many smiles over the years for me to forget you!! πŸ™πŸ•―

  8. tanvibytes says:

    Your posts are my favorite thing about morning bus rides! I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping the best! πŸ™‚β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ

  9. My thoughts are with you, and sending good vibes your way

  10. All the best, I’ll be thinking of you.

  11. My prayers are with you.
    You have touched a lot of people’s hearts and funny bones with your blog.
    I believe you will be in good hands.. whatever happens.

  12. Herb says:

    Prayers will be going up for you.

  13. Humor is your secret weapon!

  14. mistermuse says:

    I echo the best wishes and caring thoughts of previous commenters. I’m having my own health issue right now, , the most serious of which I won’t know more about until examination by a specialist on Dec. 10 (or sooner if it reaches the point where I need to go to an emergency room). Here’s hoping for favorable outcomes for both of us.

  15. calmkate says:

    having a good cry might just be the best thing you can do … shock of diagnosis then swift surgery takes one’s breath away … cry and get it all out! Then be strong as needed … how about your kind neighbour who cooks those delicious meals? I doubt she works F/T … take care precious πŸ™‚

  16. I am a cancer survivor twice, and you will survive, too, sweetheart! Hang in there and don’t lose hope! Praying for you always!

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