Sunday, June 08, 2008

I'm off to see the wizard......


The wizard in this case is an orthopedic surgeon. Would you believe I'm having surgery—real, operating-room, anesthesia-required, fasting-beforehand surgery—because a careless move in the garden resulted in the tip of a rose thorn getting embedded in the back of my hand?

My regular doctor sent me to the orthopedist because the little invader (the thorn, not the physician) is sitting on a nerve and a tendon. I thought he (the orthopedist, not my regular doctor) would whip out a scalpel and maybe a little needle for a little Novocaine, but no, he said the operating room was necessary.

In the meantime, I got another tiny thorn tip stuck in the end of my index finger, same hand. Yes, I've been good about wearing gloves, but one cannot pluck caterpillars off rose bushes with anything other than a bare (and sometimes bleeding) hand. (See caterpillar above and note thorns!) I figure by the time I arrive for the surgery on Tuesday I'll have three or four more.

A busy surgeon is a happy surgeon.

If I've learned anything from Grey's Anatomy, it is that.

7 comments:

Jenny said...

What a lovely blog! I hope the surgery goes well and that you are forced to baby yourself the rest of the day and all the next day, with helpful painkillers to ... well, kill the pain.

Susan said...

Thanks, Jenny! Nice to see you here. Johnny Depp was here earlier; you just missed him.

JHK said...

Ow! I'll be thinking good, thorn-free thoughts for you.

crystal said...

Good luck tomorrow! I'll be thinking of you. I had surgery once with general anesthesis, at the place where I worked, on my sinus cavities. It wasn't too bad and the morphine afterwards in the recovery room was wonderful :)

Helen said...

So, if we really dislike someone we should give them roses?

I hope your surgeon is tall, dark and handsome, and given to elaborate explanations.

Susan said...

LOL My surgeon is short, married, and not terribly articulate. But I like his unpretentious manner. And his caution where my hand is concerned.

Thanks, everyone!

Indigo Bunting said...

I'll be thinking of you...