Monday, July 14, 2008

Leaving for Pittsburgh tomorrow

UPMC called us over the weekend - the operation will be Wednesday, instead of Tuesday. So - we are driving down on Tuesday, we have to be at Montafiore Hospital at 5:00 in the morning on Wednesday - surgery scheduled for 7:00 AM - first of the day.

We have had a busy week - trying to get everything done here at home before we leave. probably Butch won't feel much like doing anything for awhile when we get home , and we will probably be in Pittsburgh a minimum of 2 weeks - more like 3, I imagine. Friday we golfed with Joe and Carolyn, and Saturday night we won the title back in our pinochle championship. We have tried to keep a feeling of normalcy in our lives - just doing the normal family stuff we always do - but - as the time grows closer and closer - we both are feeling the stress of playing this waiting game. Yesterday, we met Melanie and Glen, Samantha and Alex for an afternoon at the Ross Park Zoo. We bought subs and ate them at the pavilion, and went on the merry-go-round . As we got off the merry-go-round, it started to rain - and it poured for quite a while. We ended up sitting in their back yard, drinking Dunkin Donuts Mocha Latte's! Oh well - we had fun anyway. Tonight we went to see Alex's ball game - they were losing badly when we left to go eat at Olive Garden.

Packing is mostly done - want to hit the road by 10:00. We are going a different way - mapquest and AAA mapped us on all these secondary roads, and we got held up a lot going down last time, so we are going to try going 17 to Erie, and taking 79 down to Pittsburgh - we'll see how long that takes. Last time we came back by swinging east and taking 81, BUT - the construction was terrible, so - we'll try this route. We don't need to pack much for Butch - we will try to travel light.

I don't mind telling you that I am breaking out in hives tonight - I have been "cool as a cucumber" for the last couple of weeks, but - I am nervous now. I will be SOOO glad when the operation is all over, the tumor is OUT of there, and Butch is recovering nicely. I thank God for giving us the strength to bear up, and ask for continued guidance as we walk this path that has been set for us.

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