12:35 a.m. - Thurs 12.11.2008
Earlier today - very "earlier today" (My check-in time was at 6:15 this morning) - I had my hernia repair surgery.
I'm feeling pretty good, considering, but also pretty tired, so in the interest of saving my energy, here's the email I just wrote Jane Z. on the subject:
Well, I imagine you've had bigger online priorities than FACEBOOK (Where I posted a note earlier), but I WAS able to do my surgery today.
When Cary picked me up today (Thank you again Cary!), I told him something I don't think I've mentioned in here - I'd been more worried (About potential pain and suffering) than I let on (In here, or to anyone but Dr F.), because my last hernia (Back in MI in the early 90s) was a pretty rough experience...
While I was still dopey - and depressed - from the effects of the anesthesia, I remember them trying to get me to walk, and screaming in pain, sobbing like a baby, even though I liked Margaret K. (who was helping me out) a lot, and certainly didn't want her to see me being a big pussy (Thankfully, Margaret ended up advocating very forcefully on my behalf - I forget whether she was actually a nurse at that time, but she was at least a nursing student - and I was admitted to the hospital overnight).
So the discomfort I've felt this evening, at its worst, is a "walk in the park" compared to those extremely unpleasant memories of hernias gone by.
Not much else in the way of news to report (At this point, I think my biggest desire is to just have "news" that isn't medical in nature).
Well, it's not big news, but it's something, and at least it isn't "medical" - On Tuesday morning, I went to a place I've passed a number of times on Olympic Blvd, a place advertising "Instant Headshots", and had some new, ultra-cheap headshots done.
Since I'm currently rocking a mustache-free "look", I need to have at least one picture of that "look" online, for when "my people" submit me for things.
But since I don't know if I'm going to keep said "look" - depends mostly on the market demand/lack of demand for "clean-shaven Jim" - I didn't want to pay hundreds of dollars for a photo session - Hence, "Instant Headshots", and $75 to have about two-dozen pictures taken.
And I actually think I got at least a few pictures that will pass muster.
And I would have gotten more, actually, but when the photographer asked if the white background was okay, I said yes, and I think that was a mistake.
And as I told Jane when I spoke to her on the phone that night (When she called to wish me a happy hernia surgery), the pictures of me in a corduroy jacket, blue button-down dress shirt and red patterned tie look basically like I'm playing dress-up in Daddy's clothes - Since my substantial weight-loss, my only concession to really needing a new wardrobe has been to buy a couple pairs of jeans, as if my waistline was the only part of my body altered by losing over 75 lbs.
I think something from those shots is probably salvageable...but mostly not.
But happily, they're only about half of what I shot - mid-way through, I took off my over-sized dress clothes, and took the remaining photos in a black t-shirt.
So I don't think "Instant Headshots" was a total "win", but I put it all pretty much on Yours Truly.
But to end on a positive note, right now I only need one good shot, and I think I got at least a few good choices.
And I've learned an important lesson - next time, wear clothes that fit - and that's a lesson that will allow me to take advantage of what really is a pretty invaluable resource (Ultra-cheap headshots).
(At some point, when I figure out how to do it - or when the professionals have all weighed in - I'll let you see what all the fuss is about).
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