I’m Off to See the Wizard(s) at Mayo

30 11 2008

I’ll be heading to the sunshine of Florida in a couple of weeks, but it won’t be for a beach-filled vacation.  In my attempts to stay sane and return to my previously “normal” (at least by my standards) life, I am heading to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to let the wizards doctors there take a shot at figuring out why I have a life-altering amount of swelling that has left me feeling like “I’m not in Kansas anymore.”

Picking which Mayo Clinic to visit was a no-brainer.  My sister, the kidney donor, lives near the one in Florida.  Also, when it comes down to it, who would pick Minnesota over Florida in December?  (The Phoenix option was just too far away.)

My favorite thing about the potential of this visit is the confidence of the place.  After fully informing them of the thus-far-undiagnosable condition of which I have become the unwilling recipient (despite being poked, prodded and photographed by a plethora of physicians in various parts of the Midwest), their response was, “Come here, and we’ll figure it out.” I really liked hearing that, with no mention of words like, try, maybe or might.”

I am scheduled to be seen by several doctors from many different walks of doctoring over a four day period.  I like the odds that they will figure something out.

I hope, upon arrival, it doesn’t turn out to be some has-been behind a big curtain.  Although I’d take that if I could wake up and find out this has all just been a bad dream…a la Dorothy.  There may be no place like home, but it’s time to give these out-of-town medicinal wizards a try.

After all, I still plan to be the one to teach my little girl to play tennis.  I don’t want to just be the chauffeur who gets her to the courts.




10 responses

1 12 2008

Hoping and praying for a diagnosis and an effective treatment.

1 12 2008
Taoist Biker

Wishing you the best of luck for a speedy end to an already-too-long ordeal.

1 12 2008

Good luck!

1 12 2008


1 12 2008

Is this the hospital where Dr. House practices? I have no doubts he could find the problem… via cranial dissection or something equally fascinating.

Hugs to you and your wonderful family.

1 12 2008

House is somewhere in New Jersey I think…but Florida will have a miracle! Here’s to you, have a good and productive trip.

2 12 2008

My prayers are with you! My dad was diagnosed by the Mayo in Minnesota after a year of mis-diagnosis. Hopefully you’ll have the same experience!

2 12 2008
Black Coffee & Bourbon

Good news! The Mayo is a great hospital. Plus you’ll get to enjoy some Florida sunshine which is always a plus. 🙂

3 12 2008

Even if the has-been was, like, Abe Vigoda? ‘Cause that would kinda rock.

4 12 2008

I prayed really hard for you after reading this. I think this will be the ticket. This has got to be old for you, pal.

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