It’s almost showtime!

At some point today, I’l get the call from the admitting office at Mount Sinai. At this time tomorrow, the procedure for installing another implant in my brain will be in progress.

The run-up to the surgery has been uneventful. No testing needed this time, just show up and that’s it. It leaves me feeling a bit more disconnected from the process, which has been both good and not so good.

The hardest part has been shrugging off the pre-surgery jitters. I’m in “the zone” where I will allow nothing to bother me. Die-hard optimism has worked for me in the past, and it will work for me again!

Time for the last shower I’ll have for a couple of weeks (!), and to get the protein shake that I’ll be drinking at 9 pm. Charge up the iPod, have it ready in case I’m stuck near a moaner. What am I missing?

DBS Surgery II in Two Weeks

Two weeks from today, if all goes as planned, I should be snoozing comfortably in a room at Mount Sinai Medical Center after a successful day in surgery. I’ll define success as having experienced relief from my Parkinson’s symptoms on the left side of my body.

I had the same procedure in November 2009 for the right side of my body, so I know what I’m in for this time around. Does that make it any easier this time around? Well, not really. I’m not exactly looking forward to having the halo screwed on, but I can deal.

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks trying to wind down my various commitments¬† so I can focus on getting my body into the best possible shape. So far so good. I have let myself gain a bit in body fat, anticipating some weight loss around surgery.

This time I have no pre-op tests except for the ones done when I check in the day before, and nothing post-op except for suture removal and, of course, the initial programming session on Feb. 24. That doesn’t give me a lot to write about, but I’ll do my best. And I will use Facebook this time, too. Just don’t ask me to tweet.

DBS Journal 2: Surgery Date 2-15-2011

I’ve put in my dibs for a surgery date that falls during the February vacation week. Hopefully the kids will be too distracted by their first trip to the Big Apple to notice my new haircut!

To say I’m looking forward to this is an understatement. We hiked my meds ever so slightly last week, and I can already feel the dyskinesia and increased muscle tone on my right (stimulated) side. It’s especially uncomfortable in my right forearm and bicep. The second stimulator ought to help me drop the meds that are causing this and other problems.