NOV 30, 16 .. TOMORROW IS LEFT HIP REPLACEMENT DAY

I am in the Mayo Clinic Hospital, in Phoenix Arizona. Last Monday the 28th, after flying from Hong Kong to Seattle, laying over in Seattle for 3-hours, then flying to Phoenix Arizona, Patti and I checked into the hotel Patti had set up for us.

I will repeat that. I flew from Hong Kong to Seattle about 12-hours. Laid over in Seattle then flew 3-hours to Phoenix. Do you think I was just a teeny weeny bit tired!

After we checked into our Phoenix hotel, off we went to the Mayo Clinic Hospital Emergency Room. Great way to end up a long day huh?

They admitted me to the hospital after reviewing my situation and shooting about 7 or 8 X-Rays of my left hip and left knee.

En route from Dubai to Hong Kong, while in Hong Kong, en route from Hong Kong to Seattle, I had contacted a terrible case of ‘blast diarrhea’ and I mean a terrible case. I cannot say exactly when it came to visit me.

I was given a serious regimen of antibiotics that have knocked out the diarrhea but I still have some pathogens in my system. Great. All the nursing staff are wearing ‘protective clothing’ to protect themselves from me.

As I write these few words on Wednesday evening the 30th of November my Surgeon, as of this moment, plans a total left hip replacement in the morning.

IF this doesn’t make me think carefully about any future trips to the other side of the World I don’t know what would.

Captain? Don’t tell us you are getting sick and tired of being sick and tired. I am afraid at this moment that is an accurate appraisal.

Still Smiling. Cap

I insisted Patti take the whole day off and sleep and relax. She listened. Patti got here to the hospital about 5pm.

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