We found out today that Elsa will be having surgery on the 18th. Almost exactly one year since her last surgery, after several drug trials, including weeks of traveling back and forth to New York City, it ends again with yet another surgery.
So again we are mustering our strength to face the ordeal that accompanies each surgery. The anxiety before the date, the prep before the surgery, and then the recovery in hospital, dealing with pain and angst.
Yet, life goes on and it will soon all be water under the bridge. There is no choice in the matter, so, as in every other of her eight previous ones, we will face it head on, trying in every way to minimize the preoccupations that add nothing to the outcome and therefore are relegated to the realm of forgotten thoughts.
Elsa, as always, is facing the news with the same strength and resilience that she always displays when this disease throws set-backs her way. There is, of course, a little crying, some anxiety, but it is all transitory. Soon her enthusiasm for life takes over and she begins to look forward to another vacation from the trial drugs and probably in Portugal? Macau? India? Who knows. I only find out days before she makes up her mind.
Anyway, she has nominated me the interim major contributor for the time that she is hospitalized so count on me posting regular updates on what's going on.