Stream of consciousness – brain surgery

March 1, 2017 10:00 PM Dallas, Texas in some condo – I’m sitting in a living room with my mother, father, sister, her husband and my wife. I’m nibbling on some trout and making small talk. My mind is constantly reminding me that I have to be awake at 4:30 AM to head to the hospital for brain surgery. It’s still not making much sense to me. In fact the only thing that does make sense is that my life is about to change forever.

March 2 2017 (My birthday) 4:30 AM. I’m awake in bed. I don’t want to leave. I don’t know what to think or what to do. I jump in the shower and just sit there letting the water rush over my head and body. It seems like I’m in the shower for eternity. Finally I get out and get dressed.

March 2, 2017 5:30 AM. We go up to floor #2 at Zale Lipshy hospital and I check in for surgery. In 15 minutes I’m back in a prep room taking all of my clothes off, placing them in a bag, and slipping a yellow robe on.

March 2, 2017 6:00 AM. Nurse comes in and shaves a couple of spots on the left side of my head to sit on the pole looking things. She muttered something about a GPS for the brain.

March 2, 2017 6:15 AM. Nurse starts IVs in both of my wrists and one under my right wrist and I think another midway up my left arm. She also gave me some pain pills.

March 2, 2017 6:30 AM. Skinny legged, 25 looking year old guy walks into room and says something like “Im Dr. so and so I’m you’re anesthesiologist”. Anyhow, he pulls out a little syringe with hardly any liquid in it and I ask him, “what the heck is that”? He responded “ah man, it’s a little drug cocktail”. He proceeded to inject it into my left arm IV and that was all she wrote. I woke up 6 hours later.

March 2, 2017 1:00 PM. Faces began to appear. It’s like I’m flying a million miles per hour back into reality from some other world. Mom and wife come into the room. I’m crying belligerently, they are too. I begin to preach to them the reasons I took the road I did in life to make them understand. They didn’t care. They were just happy that it went well. Dad and grandparents came in – dad couldn’t handle it.

March 2, 2017 2:00 – March 3 10:00AM. They had me sectioned off on (I think on some unused floor) of the hospital. Excruciating pain- pain so over the limit the hospital didn’t have any medicine to get rid of it. I was on Dilottid and all kinds of morphine. This stuff worked for maybe 2 minutes at a time. I spent all day and night yelling in pain. Then the hospital hit the limit of narcotics they could give to me. Didn’t matter, because I started throwing it all up over myself.

March 3, 2017 2:00 PM. Doctors said they removed everything and it’s great. This is good news. They move me into a super comfortable room and this is where I stayed out the rest of the week in peace and quiet.

March 6, 2017 10:00 AM – Professor X rolling down the sidewalk headed home!

240 thoughts on “Stream of consciousness – brain surgery

  1. Hello, James.
    I am glad that you came through surgery successfully! I have been thinking of you since your last post; hope your recovery is quick and easy.

  2. Wow! You did pretty awesome sir! It’s awesome that you are on the road to recovery. I bet it will be a short road. I have never been put under (knock on wood) and really I’m wondering to myself, “how did he remember so much detail before he went under?!” Good luck and hopefully we’ll see you soon!

  3. Hey James, you don’t know me, I just came across you a few weeks ago – but since then I have been praying for you – May God watch over you and bless you.

  4. Hey James,

    You won’t imagine how happy we all are to know that your operation was successful. Welcome back my friend. We keep praying for your quick recovery and return back to action.


  5. Im so glad that it went well. I myaelf went under the knife 2 days before christmas. I hope your pain has subsided. I love your quora and your webpage. I also follow tou on Twitter. You remind me so much of myself in so many ways. Im so glad they got it all and that your surgery went well. Im sorry to hear about the pain i hope thats over now. I wish you all the best and look forward to more of your saucy twitter posts. Much love brother i wish you well in your recovery.

  6. Hi James, so glad to hear from you after surgery .We don’t know each other personally but I feel like we do from your blogs . Take care mate and I hope you have a speedy recovery. Stay positive n be strong . Best wishes ,
    Ed Dunne . Australia.

  7. Really glad to see you come out of this alive and on the road to recovery. Please continue to make an impact on the lives of others. Thank you for publishing your experiences of life, they mean so much to us. 🙂 Peace and love to you and your loved ones

  8. Praying for you for a full and speedy recovery, James. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and life experiences here in such a vulnerable and honest way. I hope you may relax now and feel good about what you’ve accomplished in life thus far.

  9. James,
    I came across you when looking for Drone Pilot employment on the Web. You were very compelling in the you-tube video.
    I hope you recover fully and live another 50 years. Very inspirational !

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