Posted by: Jim E | September 8, 2011

Part 2…Sons of the Pioneers, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota State Fair, Surgery, And Stuff…

Now where were we???…Oh ya, we were leaving Mayo Clinic and driving to Minneapolis to go to the Minnesota State Fair…the plan was to be there right after a “short” consultation with Dr. Keller about Jeremy’s CT scan from Little Rock…we thought he wanted to see Jeremy and talk about how he is doing…and things like that…I should add here that Dr. Keller, Jeremy and our family have a fairly close connection since he did Jeremy’s jaw surgeries back in the 90’s…I won’t go into all that…but lets just say we made a connection and we have kept in touch…here is a picture of  Dr. Keller and Jeremy back in the mid-90’s…no doubt Jeremy was “Rebuilt In Rochester” (notice his shirt)…he could now open his mouth…his teeth were straightened…and he now had a chin…all that thanks to Dr. Keller…and that was the first time he had seen Jeremy’s problems in any patient…and he said when were just there…that he just recently had his second patient, with problems like Jeremy, in his 40 years of practice…what he did for Jeremy was amazing…

And now Dr. Keller was seeing him again…but I digress…we were now leaving Mayo and it was now about 2:30…we were on the way to the State Fair, two hours away…for those of you not familiar with the Minnesota State Fair…it is a big deal…you may look askance at that statement and think less of Minnesotans but if you have never been (a little Minnesota speak there)…I repeat, “if you have never been.”…then you mustn’t talk too soon…it is a happening…and one that Jeremy loves…(‘course his Dad and Mom do too…and hundreds of thousands of others too)…well, here’s a picture from our afternoon and evening at “The Fair”…there we are…about 287 from the bottom and in 63 or is it 36, from the left…Oh, just forget counting…we are there somewhere…this was only one street…it was crowded like this all over the more than 320 acres of the fairgrounds…

Jeremy had a great time…first he wanted a “footlong hotdog”…they are special to him…if you have never had a State Fair “footlong”…you haven’t really lived…of course we arrived a lot later than we had “planned”…it was about 5:30 or so when we got there…and in Jeremy’s eyes, there was much to be accomplished…after the “footlong”, we had to go to the Agriculture Building…lots there to see and do…Apples of all kinds (thank Minnesota for the “HoneyCrisp” apple)…Bee Keeping and honey of all sorts (this is what he came for…somewhere is the dark past…Jessica, Jeremy’s niece in Little Rock, must have said she like “honey sticks”…and Jeremy, like the proverbial elephant, never forgets that sort of thing…he “had” to get Jessica some honey sticks…those are plastic sticks/straws filled with real honey and differing flavors too…so like a laser, we had to get them first)…the building houses all kinds of agricultural produce, corn, beans, apples, etc…and of course, “seed art”…I have never got into “seed art”, but it’s there and there are some great 4H projects throughout…we passed up a “Minnesota Sundae”, vanilla ice cream, with swirls of honey and lots of sunflower nuts throughout…it is great…but we were on to onion rings in the Food Building…then to Gyros at Dinos…and other items that Jeremy wanted to sample…

It was getting dark…and though on my mind was Jeremy having “his time at the Fair”…we also had to think of getting back to the car and finishing our trip to our motel for the night…we left about 8:00 and got to our motel about 10:00…it was an exhausting day for all of us…some good, some not so good…but we knew Jeremy had lots ahead of him in the next couple of days…and we all needed some good sleep…

The next day was Saturday…it was a whirlwind of things to do…we saw family and friends…went to eat at one of Jeremy’s special breakfast places, Sparky’s in Anoka, Mn…then to spend most of the day with one of our sons, his wife and family…took in a soccer game…out for pizza in Cambridge, MN…and back to the motel for the evening…Sunday, was a day to get ready for Jeremy’s surgery…we checked out of the motel and saw another son, his wife and family at their new home…had breakfast with them and spent the morning…we left about noon or so, to leave for Rochester, MN so we could be there early enough to be ready for surgery the next morning…we had to be at the hospital at 5:45…for the first surgery time…we were all tired but ready for what was to come…

The alarm went off in my head at about 3:00…I got up and got ready…everyone else got up a little later…not a good night’s sleep…but we left the motel for the hospital…checked in at 5:45…we were taken to Jeremy’s room…everything was ready…we were allowed to go to pre-op with Jeremy…as we stood there and talked…he again said how he “trusted Dr. Keller with his life”…Jeremy was his usual upbeat self…I asked him how he was doing…he said, “Let’s just get this thing out of me.”…I agreed, why do I laugh when he says things like that, but I do…well, he’s being funny, I guess…later he said, in the same manner, “Let’s get this thing going.”…here is his picture before surgery in pre-op…I should explain…there are hundreds of surgeries done through Mayo at the two hospitals in Rochester, everyday…we were in a huge room filled with patients being readied to go to one of the 70 operating rooms in that part of the hospital…and surgeries would be done throughout the day, we were in the first group…110 anesthesiologists there…you get the picture…and yet we felt we were the only one…a great place…they took good care of Jeremy…it was now 8:00 and Jeremy would go at 8:15…we left for the waiting room…

The waiting room is not a good place for me…I’m not good at reading a book at that time or reading a magazine…I don’t know why…I’m just not…a cup of coffee…maybe look over a newspaper…but that’s about all…we were concerned with Jeremy’s anesthesia…because of his situation, it needs to be done through his nose, it is difficult…but he has done it before …

I am at about a thousand words…more to be said about the surgery…our post-op meeting with Dr. Keller…the preliminary pathologist report…the recovery…our final meeting with Dr. Keller…and the final report…and our trip home…all, in my mind, amazing…more tomorrow…Part 3…

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  1. Thanks Jim. This is appreciated. I am sad that you were right here in Cambridge and we couldn’t see you. I know your son and family are here in Cambridge, But we are too!! It would have been wonderful to have a quick cup of coffee with the two of you, but maybe one day we will cross paths again.

    • In reality I forgot you moved to Cambridge…but with our schedule this time around…there would not have been a chance to squeeze coffee in…in fact as we left the Pizza Pub, I went to see if the bakery was open…it wasn’t…it had just closed…love their stuff and can’t get “Real” bakery items down here, in fact “Real” bakeries don’t exist here…they don’t even recognize the names when I ask for them…so missed that too…well, hopefully next time…I love Osseo bakery too…but, no time…

  2. Uncle Jim, I am having a Minnesota sundae tonight! My wife doesn’t understand the combo…but then again she’s missing out!

    • I had one the other night to make up for the one we missed at The Fair…you can sneak in by getting the “kids” to like it…then no doubt everyone will be on board!!!…great to hear from you…think about you guys often up in the north woods…

      Jim E

  3. Reblogged this on Your Roving Reporter.


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