Chatter #29: August 8, 2001

12/14/2001 — I started the Chatter section on July 27, 2000 when I noticed that the rest of my site was sometimes getting cluttered with lots of text. I'm a talkative guy, after all! So now I talk about my life here, instead of all over the place. Originally this was one huge section, but in December of 2001 it simply became too large to remain as one page, and I broke it into dated sections, as you can see. —>PM

Wednesday, August 8, 2001

Expedition to the Hospital

Just a note to let everybody know that I got back from the Lahey Medical Center. Apparently laparoscopy would be MORE invasive than normal surgery in this case. I'll be off my feet for a day or two, and on light duty for several weeks after thatwhich means no heavy lifting. I'll still be mobile (yay!) and working (groan!).

The scheduling computers were down, but I should be able to get a date for surgery by phone tomorrow.

The surgeon seems extremely good at what he does. Which he should be, since he's been the president of several abdominal surgery associations! In a few seconds he reduced the herniawhich is to say, pushed the protruding loop of intestine back into my abdominal cavity (hmm, too much information?). A few seconds later it popped out again, which is the DAMNDEST sensation, I can tell you! Mildly painful, extremely disconcerting, but basically harmless. In any case, reduction is not a replacement for surgery.

Other than that...well, if anyone's looking for music online, I can heartily recommend KaZaA. It's highly impressive. And they have videos, too!

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