1 Wade H 5 months ago Surgery tomorrow morning, at 7:30 am (GMT - 7). They'll be replacing the full length of the metal rods in my back, that run from the base of my neck to my pelvis. The day before is always a mixed bag of activities and emotions.I set up a priority list of the top 10 things to do, by order of importance 1) Top off guitar case humidifiers.2) Play a bit of acoustic guitar. 3) Play my mandolin. 4) Do a first run gathering up items to take to the hospital (no more than 10 minutes, there's still plenty of more important things to do).5) Re-string the 5422, (to be used only for occupational theropy during recovery)6) Play the aforementioned 5422 (gota make sure the strings are stretched in, purely a precautionary gesture, 2 hours autadoit).7) Make another cursory effort packing a suitcase for 5 days.8) Play the new Les Paul (it doesn't like it when I spend too much time on the 5422, and I so do like to have balance in my life), again 2 hours, so's to keep her happy.9) Fill in every moment of avoidance of the bigger issues, with playing music. It has been the best medicine, all the way through this journey. It's the only time I'm really pain free, so I've become somewhat of a junkie with it. I still don't have my Yamaha CP-70B piano set up yet. I need to get a couple of guys to do the heavy lifting, and I just haven't had that opportunity yet. It's been calling my name, so I'll need to get on setting it up asap.10) Finish the hunting and gathering, and packing. It's surprising all the technology we can seem to drag around with us. Devices, chargers, different types of cables etc. And a couple of old school mass storage devices, known as books.I have to report to the hospital at 5:30 am, tomorrow morning. The hospital my surgeon uses is a 30 minute drive away in light traffic, it can be up to an hour and a half during the rush hours. I've been trying to keep on top of the anxiety and fear, that has been a challenge (and always is, before a major surgery). I'm very humbled by people who are facing life threatening illnesses, such as cancer, ALS, COPD or heart disease. They are the ones facing the ultimate challenge. We happen to be in the unenviable position, of watching the very rapid decline of my wife's cousin, who has ALS. He was diagnosed just a couple of weeks, after he turned in his retirement papers to retire from the US Airforce. It is a sad way to gain perspective, this gentleman is facing the last year or so of his life. No matter how bad we think our own misfortunes are, there is always somebody else, who is facing an even greater challenge. My surgery is not life threatening (thank God), my biggest concern is losing any function, of any extremity. It's a small risk, but a risk none the less. My experience with these big back surgeries, is that complications are to be expected, but hopefully they will be more of the pain in the rear end type, than anything serious. I'll check in, as soon as I can afterwards, and let you all know how I'm doing.