Saturday, April 28

Phoenix, we will be there soon!

Shhhh.... don't wake Gene. He gets upset when I am on the computer instead of packing.

Sometimes I stay up most of the night before we fly. I've learned that I am a slow, easily distracted packer. And house cleaner. I even read books so slowly that I forget the chapters before the one I'm on (thus the audio books while driving).  Surprisingly though, I have been mostly packed since about 5:00 p.m. I've got to compile the last suitcase with the abundant plastic baggies, make-up style bags with misc. items from the bathroom in them ~ oh, and pillows. Yes, there is nothing like your own pillow at a hotel (especially with a 17 night stay .... give or take).  Don't forget a few edible things!

Gene received his 'packet' of information in the mail a few days ago. Lots of  'don't take these meds and don't eat these foods' two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Um.... they do know we only had 8 days notice, right? And take off a couple more days to mail the packet to us. Not to worry. Those that know Gene can pretty much rest assured that food list was not hard to follow!! Except for the part about not eating pickles ~ excessively ~ whatever that means. He loves his bread and butter spicey pickles. The daily meds he takes are not any concern. He removed his Fentenayl patch on Wed./Thurs.. They usually get replaced every three days, but he is supposed to be weaning off things before surgery, so no replacement!!

Monday he has an appointment to get blood work done and other items of business at the hospital. Tuesday he will have GOLD put in his back as 'Markers' for the surgery. They say he will be there for about 4 hrs +. Does not sound fun.

Wednesday we will be at the hospital at 5:30 a.m. for a 7:30 surgery time. No idea on how long it will take.

We have three family members and a good friend coming out to support Gene and I. Our son Daniel, Gene's dad, Gene's sister Ginny and Beth Chapman. They will all fly in Tuesday and then each has a different time they will fly back. As Gene is sent 'home' to our temporary residence ~ The Hilton Suites (we call them Embassy Suites here) ~ it will just be the two of us. They allow pets, so our two tag-a-long Chihuahua's will have plenty of room!! HA! That is actually for me. That means two t.v.'s too!

I'll try to update again by Wednesday p.m. to let you know how things went.  Prayers are always appreciated. Thank you to everyone who has sent them up already and called and sent messages. We love you all and can't wait for Gene to feel better so we can have some fun!!!



  1. Thanks for the blog post Pam. Thinking about you both and saying prayers. Keep us updated- PLEASE!! Love to you both!

  2. We are saying prayers for both of you and try to enjoy some of the beauty of Phoenix while you are there (if you can). Love, TCR

  3. Thanks for the update & we are all thinking of you & Gene! We will say prayers every you guys!!

    Debi, Bryan, and Lacie :D