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June 18th, 2009

We saw Doogie the teenaged urologist today (actually, I call him Zippy, but I don’t want you to think he’s a pinhead. He just moves very fast) for Don’s post hospitalization follow up. Here’s the deal. His belly wounds are healing up very nicely. The Doc took off all the dressings, so he’s not all bandaged up in the front any more. The doctor wants to wait three more weeks to make sure the ureters are healed up, then Don will have a bunch of blood tests to make sure the kidneys are functioning well, followed by another outpatient trip to the hospital. They will inject dye into him to make sure the ureters are open, then insert new tubes, but tie them off for a week. This way they’ll see if he’s passing enough urine naturally, and if something is amiss, we can open up the tubes and let the urine out. We’ll go back to the doctor’s office after one week, and if everything works as it should, he’ll make arrangements to have the tubes removed. So. We shall see.

As I noted in my last post, I’ve been doodling around with book number five for over a year, writing in fits and starts, and I have finally reached a point where I am able to begin connecting all the dots. I have enough of a manuscript now that I hope to send it to my editor for approval within days, and gain a spot on the publishing schedule . That doesn’t mean it’s finished, but it does mean that I’m doing more rewriting than writing now, and I’ve managed to come up with something like a book. Maybe I’ll have a book out in 2010 after all! No more emergencies, please God.

I’m hoping that our next three weeks will be fairly quiet, and I can finish my outline and continue working on the book, but I’ll keep you posted. July is jam packed with doctor’s appointments, heart, kidneys, ureters, and general practice. If I never have to see another hospital or doctor’s office again, it’ll be too soon for me.

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