I finally have a date.
On the 13th, I have an arteriogram scheduled. On the 16th, they'll do a chemical stress test to make sure my heart can handle surgery. Within a week after that, I'll be headed to surgery. So, by the 20th or 21st, latest.
My surgeon confirmed during our consultation that I have to have a full femoral bypass this time. No more catheterizations. I just hope this one last me more than a year before it clogs back up again.
Several people asked to be informed when I actually have a date for the big show, so here ya go.
I'll probably be poking my nose in here right up to the day I go in for surgery, and probably will be back on here just a few days after the surgery, while I'm laid up in the hospital. If I happen to write anything stupid or rude, please forgive me. It'll be 'cuz I'm on some groovy pain killers, and I won't be responsible for what I might say.
A lot of folks here have had sweet, kind, supportive words for me in recent weeks. None of you will ever have a clue how much I appreciate it. Aside from my wife, my kids and grand babies, and a few close friends, I care about my associations and friendships on DA more than any other relationships in my life. I feel a real connection to many here, and your words of support have meant the world to both myself and my wife. Chaz, Bob, Armin, Blades, Jeremy, Jesse, Cat, Pxl, Doj, and so very many others... I love you guys.
In the event something... final should befall me during the surgery, my lovely, loving wife Laura has agreed to come on here under my name and let you all know. If that happens, I know you guys will give her all the love and support and kindness you can. For that, you will have my un-ending gratitude. Be sweet to her if that happens, ya'll... for some screwy reason she really loves me, and if I should not make it through the surgery, she'll be a real mess.
Man, am I looking forward to this. It'll be such a relief to have an end to the pain, and to be able to feel my foot again.
I'll keep you all informed.