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March 30, 2018 — A Good Friday odyssey

Today, I almost fainted coming out of the shower.

I was showering so that I could feel relatively clean while visiting my doctor’s office as we were to prepare for the colonoscopy that everyone over 50 should undergo.

But that plan was scrubbed with nine words from my physician.

“We have to send you to the emergency room.”

Your Founder has never been overnight in the hospital; indeed the last time I was in the emergency room was for a broken finger from playing basketball more than 35 years ago.

I noted the time we checked in: 3 p.m. on Good Friday. I know Papa was having a good laugh about it.

Later in the day, after a battery of tests and a dose of morphine, it was time for me to undergo something called a CT scan, which kind of reminds one of being slid into either a tray in a morgue, or perhaps into a tomb back in first century Jerusalem.

I had to put my trust in the surgeon and the CT result to get to my problem: a bacterial infection that was going to be removed by the able surgeon.

But first? General anesthesia. I was very heartened by the fact that I was not going to be given the heavy anesthesia that paralyzes the body and requires human or mechanical assistance for breathing, but it was instead one that was a triangular mask that went over my nose and mouth.

That’s about the last thing I remembered before the surgery began.