Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Home at last...

I am home, the op was a success, and I am fine. Many thanks for every good thought and prayer. The battery goes in a week from tomorrow, and the programming a week after that. Only physical effect was a lingering headache where AIR got into my brain... really. The grinding when they drilled into the bone was disconcerting, as was the momentary turning up of my brain current to a high level, which made my face twitch. Luckily, most of the procedure (a word I have learned to use) went smoothly and was completely engrossing to the main...subject?.. who remained awake the whole time, over 4 hours. (Actually Sarah shook me awake  a few times, believe it or not. Anything can be boring if you don't read...*)

On a more humorous note, it was a hard road for someone vain about his hair to lose it all, so I made a study, feedback encouraged (I think)...
My usual slghtly sardonic self, making fun of what I know will happen...
The holes in my head

The hair, which they SAVED.

My usual Resistol

New Akubra

Best humor, albeit black: our friend "Miranda", a  blogger and radiation oncologist whose patients are  often dying: "I tell them 'at least it isn't brain surgery!' "

*Reading: when the critic Clive James found out he was dying of leukemia, he thought that with an indefinite "sentence", he might as well spend the time reading (and writing about it).

And Annie Dillard said that one can speak of an afternoon wasted reading, but no one ever thinks of a LIFE wasted reading...

34 comments:

Shiri Hoshen said...

Great!!! Thank you for the update, and you look good! I would like to hear more about the 4 hour awake surgery, but I will be patient.

Andrea said...

So... what are you gonna do with the hair? :D

Chuck Kribs said...

The new look! Good!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, hope the headache goes away. Reminds me...I thought I was alone being able to sleep in the dentist chair...maybe it's a family thang! You look like Dad...grow your hair back — no comb overs!
Love K your sister

Annie said...

So glad to read this, and hey, that's a good look for you!

Keith Smith said...

Been thinking about you for many days. This is wonderful news.

Jessica Farrell-Churchill said...

Nation glad things went well. Resistol + no hair makes for a more authentic "rancher" look...but obviously I'm sympathetic re: the long-hair-vanity thing, so I hope it grows back quickly!

Mark F-C

Gil said...

What?? No nut and bolt through the temples??? Great news! Gil

Margory said...

!! I like the "nut and bolts" comment - but really - you look great! Handsome as ever - and generous with this experience. Not everybody can pull off that look.
All good wishes -Margory

Jess said...

You never know, you may get to like the no hair thing ;) I keep mine about a half inch long or so. Glad things went well!

Reid Farmer said...

The grinding when they drilled into the bone was disconcerting

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Funny the way things can strike you. When I had lasik surgery on my eyes three years ago, the thing I found disconcerting was the smell of burning flesh when the laser burned off excess thickness of my cornea. I was awake through that, too.

You are gonna be fine!!

Peculiar said...

Keep that hair away from the skinwalkers!

Steve Bodio said...

Actually it is Navajo complaints that got them to save hair and give it back-- so yeah, that is the idea...

Matthew Mullenix said...

Salud amigo! Glad to see you up and around--- Your silver locks will flow again in the high plains wind!

lizequinox said...

Love to see you on your feet with great humor. Nothing but humor will save any of us!

Unknown said...

You're really rockin' that Yul Brynner look--heck you may decide to keep it on the down low. Glad everything went well--can't wait to start hearing about the results.

Cat Urbigkit said...

You've got a great-looking skull!

Lucas Machias said...

Better to lose the hair that way than by genetics. I speak from experience.

Lucas Machias said...

Better to lose the hair that way than by genetics. I speak from experience.

Chas Clifton said...

You look so . . . authoritative.

"Warp three, Mr. LaForge."

Anonymous said...

Ah, Steve! So glad to hear things went well. And you look GREAT — especially with that Akubra of which I am intensely jealous.

Jim Cornelius
www.frontierpartisans.com

Steve Bodio said...

Well, Jim, I figured I had to get SOMETHING other than a scarred bald head out of it...

Anonymous said...

I have deployed all kinds of rationalizations for why I NEED a new hat. But never that one. You are a champion.

Jim Cornelius
www.nuggetnews.com

Teddy said...

So good to hear things went well. Best to you and Libby...does she get a 'controller' so she can zap you now and then?

Tom Hardy said...

Happy you are well.
Now you have the same haircut as me for a little while!

Keith smith said...

A comment from short haired friends: even if you're wearing a hat don't forget to layer on the sunscreen!

Federico said...

I have been rocking the shaved head look for 'a few years' -- not much there to start with and shaving what's left is faster and more practical. I also wear an Akubra...

Anonymous said...

I don't want to alarm you or anything, Steve, but there is a small, long-haired dachshund floating around just over yer head in most of these photos.....L.B.

Tim Gallagher said...

Glad to hear that everything went well.

Anonymous said...

Hello Steve and Libby! Long time, but something told me to check on you just in time to read of your DBS surgery ... can't wait to hear that it is a raging success ... we'll have even more in common than these Strange Black Dogs ... since I have a pace-maker/defibrillator implant, we're both going on leads and batteries, we can be shocked at almost anytime, and we hope that the Energizer bunny doesn't let us down! Modern technology is wonderful - if your set-up will be like mine, you can travel anywhere in the world, and just "phone it in" if you think you need a check up ... In other words, we're the very personification of Cyberpunk, and we're Livin' On Tulsa Time!

All the very best from the Lady with the Funny Black Dogs!

Andrew W said...

I think Libby mentioned this was upcoming a long while ago, and I've been off and away and not checking your blog in a while. But it seems great things have happened and I am glad to see that. Thinking of a visit south to NM, so let me know if there is any time in Sept or Oct which is better or best or none of the above. Love to you and Libby.

Steve Bodio said...

Any time is good, Andy-- nothing "taken" yet..

Suburban Bushwacker said...

Steve

Glad to hear you're on the mend, I like the Walter White hair cut!
SBW

Steve Bodio said...

SBW-- not sure I do! The kids have threatened to get me a Walter White black fedora...