First, I want to wish my facebook Chiari friend Trina good luck - she has her surgery on Tuesday (the day before my 6 week check up appt). Trina, you'll do awesome. There's nothing to say to lessen your fear, but know that I'm pulling for you and hoping for a speedy recovery for you! The hospital is tough, but the ICU nurses are awesome, they will take very good care of you. Keep your thumb on the pain button. =)
Tomorrow we leave for Michigan, then my dad and I travel to Milwaukee for my appointment. I get another MRI and then meet with Dr. Heffez. Hopefully my dad and I will be able to stop by Kopp's and try their sundae of the month. I would get another MRI just for some Kopp's custard. Shoot, I would get another MRI for a visit to Northpointe Snackbar. (It's funny how familiar Milwaukee is becoming in my mind. And strange how fond my memories of that place are.)
On another note, I went into a hospital yesterday. I had no idea how jarring that would be for me. I'm interviewing to volunteer with Dozer at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds. I walked in (Dozer wasn't with me this time), I was fine... Until I saw someone wheeling by on a gurney... My stomach dropped and I immediately had butterflies fluttering around in my stomach. It definitely brought me back to that morning before surgery. I have never had anxiety dealing with hospitals, not even though I've had a million MRIs and X Rays and CTs and all kinds of things. But after my surgery experience, I have a whole new outlook on hospitals. I think it may end up being a blessing in the end, hopefully that will help me get in the shoes of the patients that Dozer and I see... I won't start visiting for a few weeks, so I can get a bit more distance between that time and my surgery. That was a hard time.