Most of you read Bag of Randomness between the hours of 6:30 AM – 9:00 AM. More than likely, you’re reading this while I’m being operated on.
I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me for so many of you and my friends to drop me well wishes yesterday. Unexpected, sincere, unprompted acts of kindness and grace tugs at my heartstrings.
Last night the anesthesiologist for my surgery called to go over medications and ask some basic info. He couldn’t have been nicer and told me to just call him Gary. I told him the last time I was anesthetized I vomited and he said he’d put a medical patch behind my ear which should help with nausea for three days. He also said not to eat anything past midnight (expected) but I could drink several cups of water and even have a cup of coffee before 5:15 AM (totally unexpected). I check in for surgery at 6:00 AM and surgery is to start at 7:30 AM. That means I’m going to miss my favorite Friday TICKET segments. So, Alex, if you call in for the Emergency Break Of The Week segment, be sure to drop a casual “Bag of Nothing” line in there for me.
If there is a government shutdown, as a government contractor, the timing of this surgery would work out great.
I wish I could share the details of the communications from the executive management team at my place of employment regarding my surgery and time off. But I will tell you they have been exceptionally caring and encouraging.
I worked with DaughterGeeding a bit yesterday on her family immigration project. The teacher is having her students do a project on a family member who has immigrated and DaughterGeeding wants to do her’s on my dearly departed mother. It was neat to see her excitedly embrace her Vietnamese heritage and made me reflect on how I used to be embarrassed about it. I provided her with MomGeeding’s U.S. citizenship documents and all sorts of stuff written on South Vietnamese government stationary as well as defunct currency. She found some of MomGeeding’s old clothes, clothes my mother actually made/sewn herself, and started to sport them around. My mother was so tiny that the clothes somewhat fit her.
When it’s time to put the kids to bed, we have this tradition of me picking them up and dropping them on their beds. It’s a bit weird I’m not going to be able to do that for two months.
Donald Trump has been the President of the United States for a year now. It’s really interesting to reflect on the past year, or the past four years, and to see how much you may have personally changed as an individual.
The Boy Who Stayed Awake For 11 Days – In December 1963 two boys hit upon an idea for a school science project – stay awake for as long as possible. And it shed new light on what happens inside our tired brains.