I'm counting down the days until my surgery. When you read this, I probably will be in the middle of the surgery or just finishing.
I'm having a "DBS" implant put in my brain to stop the tremors in my hands. My surgery is Feb. 18 for the implants, and March 4 for the electronic devices that control the implants. I won't be at work until March 16, but probably will be dropping in from time to time to get more reading material.
My surgeries are in Houston with the Baylor Neurological Group.
It's funny how God puts people and things in your life when you need them. I was a little bit concerned about finding the MRI at Methodist Hospital in Houston. One day, a new patron and his family came into the library and he had just moved here after working at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. You better believe I asked him directions.
Another thing that happened was not long ago, the "Today Show" showed part of the surgery. If you go to www.today.msnbc.msn.com, go down the screen to categories and click on "Health," it will take you to another link.
Under "More Health Stories from Today" will be a list of titles in blue. Scroll down until you find the video titled "Inside the OR: Brain Surgery.
It will show you a man having the same type of surgery. It only shows them turning on the implant, there is no blood. What I like about watching the video was it showed the halo they had to put on the man. I had been curious how big it was and how it was put on, and guess what? Another question answered.
Several of my storytime moms and grandmoms have been generous, too. One went out and found some pretty scarves for me to use on my bald head (yes, they are shaving my whole head). Another brought in a pan of brownies for comfort food.
I really like the surgeon who will be performing the surgery. He answered all my questions and made sure I understood everything that was going to happen.
I never felt rushed, and before he left the room he stopped and asked "Are you sure you don't have any more questions?"
I will keep the library posted on how I'm doing, so if you want to know just call and ask. Keep me in your prayers.
We will continue to have PJ storytime, family storytimes and baby/toddler storytime. Two of the people working at Northwest have volunteered to keep them going, so please keep coming on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. for PJ, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. for family storytime and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. for baby/toddler time.
Thank you very much, Victoria and Raul, for pitching in.
Jean Meadors is the children's librarian for the Northwest Branch Library in Corpus Christi. Readers may contact her at 241-9329.