Saturday, July 5, 2008


I completely forgot to mention that Sue Cosentini & Michelle Newhart are having a yard sale on 527 N. Aurora St. and will donate all funds to the Bert Scholl Fund. Sue said they will likely be there until 7 PM this evening. So, if you're local, you're invited to stop by and peruse the goods and you might even be able to get some lemonade out of the deal!

1 comment:

  1. Bert,

    It's so great that your friends are doing that for you!

    I agree that it is really weird to wake up after being under anesthesia, in a different room than you last remember being in, and with different people around you. I have done this 7 or 8 times now, and I never get used to it. I have learned to be really grateful for it, though, because I definitely do not want to have been awake for any of the surgeries I have been through.

    And the biopsies that I HAVE been through awake have been painful enough and scary enough, that I would prefer to sleep through whatever I can. In fact, when I had my port removed, I had a choice of having it done awake in the doctor's office or under anesthesia in the OR, and I opted for the OR.

    I felt like a wimp making that choice, but my surgeon said that there are so few things you can control when you're going through cancer treatment, you should take control of the things you can. So I did.

    I can't imagine waking up with a stoma, but I do know what it's like waking up after 8 hours of surgery and not being able to move your arms or sit up unassisted or even get out of bed for 2 days. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I think any major surgery is a shock to wake up from, and the changes will require psychological adjustment.

    One day at a time, though, you don't have to worry about that right now, so I hope it isn't bothering you too much.

    I'm off to Los Angeles in the morning and won't be checking in for a few days - but I will be thinking about you.

    Maria Brown