Responsibility 199, what is it?

Responsibility 199 is a belief; I believe that to be healthy and to increase my longevity I need to weigh 199 pounds or less...
Responsibility 199 is a need; I need to reduce my weight, reduce my percentage of body fat, and the elevated threat of disease my present condition presents...
Responsibility 199 is a mission; I recognize that achieving 199 will be a challenge, perhaps the hardest I have ever undertaken...
Responsibility 199 is a commitment; I acknowledge that I must commit to action, commit to change, commit to myself and those I love to achieve this mission, to increase my longevity...
Responsibility 199 is ME.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day 361 - Surgery Day: NO Platypus Please

So today is the day, surgery day. Next to the last hurdle I need to bound in determining the gravity of this dance with the beast.

Several family members are convening at the hospital today to lend their support, or check out the doctors/nurses too perhaps. Below is an email I wrote to my sister earlier this week that does well to describe my day ahead; so well that I figured it will do well too as my blog post today...


You asked for the details on Wednesdays festivities. They are as follows...

8:45 a.m. I need to check in at LFH, the entrance in front by the flag pole.

All who decide to come for the fun should enter here, ask the receptionist where to go for the outpatient surgery waiting room. They have free coffee and water there, only the best for all of you.

Somewhere between 8:45 & 10:00 a.m. I will disappear into the bowels of our health care system.

10:00 a.m. is when they will inject my forehead with radioactive super powers, not sure if I will get x-ray vision or the ability to take the form of a platypus; I'm hoping for the former.

12:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. is when surgery is reserved.

When they are done with both procedures I'll go to recovery and then somewhere where all in the peanut gallery can come and see how loopy I am. Shortly after that we can leave. They said the post surgery recovery can run between 1 & 2 hours depending on how I respond.

We will not get any results from pathology from my forehead tissue or lymph node for 2-3 days, so anti-climatically we'll leave still waiting and wondering the gravity of it all. Not that I will care as I will surely be starving by this time and any discussion of anything other than food will not be my preference. If someone would bring Franks wings to recovery for me I will be most indebted.

If not mistaken I believe that I failed to mention that results of my blood test from last week came back good, all numbers normal. That was a 'whew' moment. Hoping from another whew moment in a few days when the pathology reports come in from todays surgery.

I so do not want platypus powers; Fingers crossed!

Responsibility 199 - Gotta Do It!!


  1. Good luck. I hope everything works out. I'll be thinking about you today.


  2. Good luck today Patrick. You will definitely be in my thoughts.

  3. Prayers for no playtupus powers! Oh yeah, and all good news as well! Try not to stress to much over the next couple days. Take care!

  4. Glad to hear you got some good news:) I'll be thinking about you.

  5. Prayers going up for all to go smoothly and have good results, Patrick!

  6. In my thoughts and prayers as always, Patrick. Wishing you the best and speedy recovery after the procedure. Also hoping for the best outcome on the lab testing. Hugs.

  7. Sending healthy thoughts and prayers your way!!

  8. Best of luck, and sending positive, happy thoughts down I-94 man.

  9. Best thoughts and prayers for you and the medicos, Patrick. If I could hop a plane and be there to present you with some Franks wings, I surely would. Luv ya!

  10. I don't know... I think platypus powers might just be cooler than you think. But if I must, I'll pray for x-ray vision instead. I'll also be praying for a very speedy recovery and continued "whew" moments!!!

  11. You will be in my thoughts! As always! Be strong! You will get through it!

  12. I'm sending prayers and good wishes your way!

  13. I second all the sentiments above. Hope it all goes well - stay strong!

  14. Patrick, sorry I missed getting to you first thing - HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So glad blood tests were good! Wishing the same for today & family being there with you - great!

    We are all here for you!

  15. I hope by now you are home relaxing, and good news is on its way to you and your family in the next day or two.

  16. My best to you, Patrick.

    A consultant from Chicago is in town thinking about the Blackhawks, too. Good luck to your health and your team.