Barbaric Torture or Miracle, cinco
Once again they woke me and as promised, Dr. Weightlifter did his thing with my body: Jerking my joints, flexing my hands and feet, grabbing my arm and jerking it downward. Lest you think that he didn’t care about me, he told me he knew my left arm just had the shoulder replaced, and he would be careful with it.
Then it was time for the shocking torture. They zapped me several times, the story being essentially the same as before: zapping, adjusting the electrodes, zapping again and finally shooting me with the CAT scan. The head doc indicated he was quite pleased with the results.
Then once again it was Darlene’s turn to try her program. I made the strongest effort I could, sometimes closing one eye, moving my eyeballs to focus on different spots of the monitor, and so on and so forth.
And I was able to complete portions of the test! I was happy! I was able to get several grades of “Excellent”. Even the portions where I jumped the gun or was judged “too slow to start” contributed meaning full data. So I was very happy.
The head doc told Darlene to put away her toys and then told me they were closing my wound. He said it would take another 20 minutes or so. I think I passed out again, because the next thing I remember was groaning because of the pain from the nasal cannulae. Some guy was pulling it out, telling me to relax. Attached to the cannulae was a huge blood clot. When he finally got that out the pain decreased dramatically, but the nurses seemingly recoiled in horror.
Not long after that, my wife Alissa showed up. She fed me ice chips; I was so thirsty, I had her shoveling in my mouth as fast as she could. Alissa also brought my cell phone and I called a bunch of friends, telling them about the operation. Of course, I don’t remember talking to many of them, a downside of “happy juice”.
So my answer to the question (all though never actually posed as one) is yes, the surgery is tough. But it has given me a new life, new hope, and new energy. Thank you John, Darlene, “head doc”, “Dr. Weightlifter”, and the many others that helped me.
In my eyes it is a miracle and you are heroes that made it happen.