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November 25, 2002
I think about things like this all the time...if you had a chance to make a difference in someone's life, however small, would you do it?
"A short while ago, on two occasions I believe, you requested some "mojo" from your website fans, of which I happen to be one (I don't care what others think, I liked Wesley on ST:TNG). And, upon your request, was one of the people who took a minute to "beam some mojo" your way.
Well, although you really don't owe me squat, I would like to ask the same favor in return.
You see, my daughter, "Katie" to her friends, and "Boodlie-Face" to her daddy; don't ask :) is having an operation tomorrow morning. Specifically, she is having a Bilateral Ureteral Reimplantation to fix her Bladder Reflux problem. She needs this done, as she has Reflux Grade 3 on the left side, and a high Grade 2 on the right. At any rate, it's pretty bad, and without this, her kidneys are almost certain to become damaged.
Understand, this is what everyone tells me is a "routine operation". But frankly, my mind has been awash with the most horrible scenarios. I'm told that this is normal for a father, especially for a first child. It doesn't make me feel any better, however. My 16 month old beautiful baby girl is going under the knife, and there is f*ck-all I can do to help, and the feelings of despair and helplessness that a father feels at a time like this can be quite overwhelming.
I'm not a very religious person, although I was raised to be a good Protestant boy. I have found myself silently praying over this, though, in part to try (unsuccessfully) to ease my own mind. I have come to the conclusion, though, that *anything* done is a positive manner can help. I do have my own website, although I get absolutely nada for traffic. Some of us don't have the name or face recognition of Uncle Willie. I don't have 50,000 monkeys that I can draw upon to try to get the mojo working for my daughter to help her through her operation successfully. I can only ask you. Could you put a small blurb on your site, just asking your huge fanbase to send the love, the prayers, the positive energy, the white light, the mojo, the *whatever* my daughter's way tomorrow morning?
Her operation is tomorrow morning, November 26, 2002 at 8:00 am. CST, and is supposed to last for 3 hours. It is taking place at the University of Iowa Hospital, in Iowa City, Iowa. Did I mention it's in Iowa? It's in Iowa. You know. Corn. Soy beans. Iowa. :)"
I have been so blessed since I opened this lame website. People have sent me warm wishes and deeply personal stories when they've responded to the things I've written. Growing up in a medical family, I have come to believe that there is no such thing as a "routine operation" when you or someone you love is the subject.
I hope that you'll take a moment tomorrow, and spare a thought for Bob and his baby girl, who are in Iowa.
Iowa. Iowa. Iowa.
Mojo. Mojo. Mojo.
Posted by wil at November 25, 2002 09:38 PM
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Wisconsin mojo, headin' your way, Bob.
Goodness yes. I will send mojo for sure.
*already begins sending mojo*
Thoughts sent. Light and love to Bob and his little girl.
Wow, first comment I believe. :) Good luck to the good sir! *sends her love energy towards Iowa*
Much mojo on the way. From Japan so it may take a while, but it's there....
There's no doubt in my mind that this surgery will go well and your beautiful daughter will be fine. I send all my mojo your way and will be thinking of you at 8 am CST with extra special mojo thoughts.
NYC Mojo via Lawrence Kansas. My bro just had his son yesterday (three weeks early~a few complications) and so I gotta send some out to KS first, but I'll definitely put the knuckle ball on it and spin some out to Iowa.
"I've never had a way with women, but the hills of Iowa make me wish I could. And I've never found a way to say 'I love you' but if the chance came by, oh I, I would."-Dar Williams
I know what its like to have a family member undergo surgery. My mother suffered from a brain tumor three years ago and thankfully, everything went well.
I wish the same outcome for Bob and his little girl and I send my love out to them. I hope everything goes well and may she go on to lead a full and healthy life.
Bob: Dont give up hope and I will keep you in my prayers. *sends hugs too because hugs always comfort and feel good*
Im sending all my MoJo bobs way for him and his daughter with nothing but hope that goes with it i know i will be thinking about the state of IOWA tommorow
**Warm Canadian Mojo**
*HUGE Winnipeg MOJO*
The best wishes of 50 000 monkeys could never come close to the impact of a simple, uncertain, prayer to the God of the universe. I have and will continue to pray.
Mojo, love, and prayers delivered.
Good luck with your daughter! Wil what's his website URL?
::mojo, mojo, mojo:: You'll be in my thoughts.
All the love, warmth and mojo I've got to offer...on the way.
More Canuck Mojo for Bob, Katie, and their family and friends, this time from the Left Coast.
Can anyone send mojo my way too? We just found out yesterday that my mom has to have open heart surgery tomorrow to replace a faulty heart valve. I can't fly out to be with her and it's driving me nuts. Like Bob, they say it's a routine operation, but I know it's also very risky. If you have any to spare, please send some mojo to my mom. Dearborne, Michigan, tomorrow at 1:30 EST.
Bob, I'll be thinking good healthy mojo to you and your baby girl tomorrow morning. *hugs*
Plenty of Mojo coming your way, Bob and Katie.
Serious mojo right atcha! My daughter had surgery when she was only 2 months old, I Was also reassured by everyone that it was just "A routine surgery" and everything did come out just fine, but I understand the anguish that you have. So...
MOJO MOJO MOJO And...IOWA too! heh. :O)
I shall light a green candle for Katie on the morrow.
Green equals healing energy, in case you're wondering. ^.^
I'm throwing all the mojo I can at Iowa, little girls named Boodlie-Face to their daddies (my own father insists on calling me Fanny Footer, so I grok this name thing), and all good men who worry about their daughters.
Tomorrow is my birthday, so hopefully - if I wish and worry hard enough - I'll get double extra special mojonation.
Mojo mojo mojo happy thoughts happy thoughts happy thoughts...
*Good Thoughts* heading her way.
(My circle of friends version of Mojo)
Mojo on top of mojo, and I shared the mojo on my own journal to spread it a little farther.
hope this is still in time for bob and katie ... tons and tons of mojo from the philippines. :)
Sending some good vibes at this very moment!
Tons of mojo sent! Best wishes from NJ to Bob and his daughter.
May the blessing of God ease your mind, may the light from Heaven shine down and watch over you and those you love, and may all things you wish for come true. Warm Southern California Mojo with a bit of Irish Luck bless you and your children. P.S. I've been to Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, so I hope all goes exceptionally well.
Sending some good vibes at this very moment!
More mojo to yer mom, Antika
So yeah, I've fired up the Mojo delivery channels and am beaming it out right now. IOWA.
Plenty of prayers coming your way - may little Katie have a safe and successful operation and speedy recovery!
Major mojo your way, man. I have a two year-old son who's disabled, and we're always in the hospital. I know the helpless feeling all too well. I'm positive she'll be fine and smiling your way in no time. Happy Thanksgiving!
Being raised a good Protestant girl -- I understand Bob's request. Bob, you & Katie have my prayers...
Antika, you & your mom have my prayers too.
Wil - thanks for the opportunity to support others with our thoughts, prayers and mojo-sending ability. And, like Mary, I'm putting it on my blog to continue to web of support and prayer for Bob, Katie, Antika and her mom.
More Wisconsin mojo going to Iowa and Michigan too for Antika. All us Midwesterners need to stick together!
Sending major good healing MOJO to Iowa.
Real Time PRAYER coming your way, Bob.
Best of luck, and much mojo from Los Angeles.
*beams MOJO to Katie and her family*
Mojo from Burbank, CA, USA sent! Do let us know how it went! *hugs, mojo, support*
Well, it's just after midnight here on the west coast. Six hours to go for you in Iowa (where, incidentally, my closest aunt and uncle live) and I'm sure these will be tough, long hours since I doubt you'll be sleeping too much.
This is a rarity for me, my contributing to any need of mojo, because I'm a mean bastard normally. Yet I read your mail as posted by our hero Wil and now I've got this catching breath and elusive tears of _mojo en route_ in my eyes. I can only figure it's due to me being weirdly sentimental during Thanksgiving week, or being tired as hell because it's a Monday, or because I can't help but remember how the night was when I went under the knife seven years ago in order to receive a transplanted kidney.
Appreciate the fact that Katie will hardly remember (if at all) this very, very strange morning when she's older, with the unnatural white laboratory coats and the air filters around unseen lips and noses, and bright lights, and most importantly, the worry and fret and helpless love in her dad's face. Appreciate the fact that this insane situation will be over before you know it.
My thoughts are with you & Katie.
Thanks, Wil, for posting this.
You are a class act Wil Wheaton.
Class act... ;)
Mojofication Factor 9, ENGAGED!
just asking is the 1st part...
considerate it done...
last year, (sept 2001) I had a routine
operation for carpel tunnel... it was a breeze looking back ...
I now am saving up for hip replacement...
the result of a motorcycle and a small tree hiting 20 years ago.. after being run off the raod.. doctors said I would never walk again
or use my right arm.. (after I woke from the coma)
thankfully.. Doctors can be wrong...
my cousin had to have a kidney transplant at the
age of 5.. he's now 12 with a black belt..
we (people) often make big things out of little fears... but as I have learned with 20 years of pain and with what aliments I have been through..
you would be surprised what humans can put up with... Of course, I have applied alot of
"Vulcan" teaching.. along with the Arthurian
and Jedi outlook.. as well as Christian...
there is much to be thankful for...
the 1st is to realize that we can be thankfull
the 2nd, is that we must be... and take nothing for granted...
I hope everyone reading this has a great holiday!
however you may celebrate!!!
peace be with you all
Now this is a worthy cause!
All my spare mojo is heading over to Iowa as fast as I can send it.
Could Bob please let us know when (not if, when!) things turn out okay? We're all concerned now too.
Done. Thanks for posting this, Wil! :)
Much mojo to Iowa City and Dearborne from a Michigan kid in Pasadena.
Best of luck to you all. You'll be in my prayers.
I'll definitely be sending the mojo on. I'm in Missouri, I've had several friends who went to medical school at the University of Iowa, and I can tell you it's a REALLY great (and really beautiful) hospital. Everything will be just fine, I'm sure.
Marks mojo be floss & flying its way to you from New Zealand.
Swedish mojo sent.
My prayers are with Bob and his daughter
*good, safe surgery and healing mojo*
I hope everything gos well...
Some Major Irish Mojo headin' your way, kiddo.
Mojo you ask for and mojo you shall have.
I'll be thinking about you, Katie-girl.
**** A Prayer of Healing from the Faroe Islands ***
Major Mojo and love sent to Bob and his family from Southeastern Pennsy.
Mojo for you and your daughter.
My daughter had the same surgery at 9 months. It was a success. Before the surgery, she had a constant fever. Within hours after the surgery, no more fever! I think hers was a level 4 on the left side. She has had no problems since (almost a year). The scar is a bikini cut and hardly noticeable. I didn't notice any drawbacks at the time, but she did take longer than normal to sit up/crawl/walk. She seems to have no memory of the surgery. All in all, the test for the reflux was harder to take then the actual surgery. This was all done in Columbus Ohio at Childrens.
Hang in there.
Sending Mowa to Iojo.
I mean Iojo to Mowa.
I *mean* Iowa to Mojo.
I mean... gah...
Mojo to Iowa. Mojo to Iowa!
As a mother of a beautiful 16 month old boy, I can only imagine the fear and concern that Bob must be experiencing today. The mojo is overflowing for him and his daughter. I'll even say a couple of prayers.
I am the mother of a 13 month old and 7.5 months pregnant. I cant imagine what Iowa is going through. Will totally pray for his baby, him, the doctors, the nurses, and the people God put in his life to support him. I know prayer works. Will ask Bible study to pray tonight.
Mojo from Jakarta, Indonesia.
If everyone in the world did this, be considerate to others and wish them the best, (instead of war, fear, terrorism, revenge) this planet will be one hell of a better place.
Keep us posted.
This Mo's for you, Bob. :) And for your "Boodlie-Face".
God bless the little children. My prayers are with you.
Hey there Bob.
My dad actually does thoes operations a lot (he is a pediatric urologist). While I can't assure you that everything will be perfect, know that it does happen quite frequently.
Oh, and, uh, catch.
*tosses some Mojo*
-Kurt "Finds himself defending Wesley too sometimes"
Mojo for the present....and much mojo for the future. And a little bit of artistic mojo forever. Lets create a mojo rainbow!
Mojo sent. Thanksgiving will be more than turkey and football for you this year I'm sure.
Mojo from Sydney too. Hope everything goes well and Katie has a long and happy life.
Prayers and mojo going out for little Katie and her daddy. :)
To Bob, Katie, and Antika's mom- much mojo from NJ, which in my case means prayers. I'm sure everyone will come through their operations just fine. Do let us know how it went! :)
P.S. Thanks, Wil, for posting this.
Send my mojo as well!
I had the same problem as a child and it resulted in recurrent kidney infections that left me hospitalized multiple times. I was lucky and grew out of the problem but had I not, I would have had to have the same surgery that Katie is having.
Lots of mojo for Katie. She will be OK.
Mojo received (re: twisted ankle and moving) should be given back.
Actually, mojo is best circulated. :)
Mojo for Bob and his little Angel and some for Antika's Ma as well!
Tons of healing mojosity pouring Iowa-bound, with a sidestream to Michigan.......
Hey Bob - mojo on its way to you and your little girl, all the way from the UK - hope the distance doesn't diminish it. I have 2 little girls myself, and I know that I would be a total wreck if I was in your shoes.
I guess the op is happening right about now, so I have everything crossed for you all.
Please let Will know how it goes?
All the best to you and your little one Bob! Extra strong Canadian mojo going to Iowa from Canada's capital city. Even my hubby is sending you both some!
All the spare mojo, and some extra are sent to the land of corn. Iowa.
ding. you have mojo.
(love, prayers, and the wish for all good things to come true for your daughter included in the mojo package)
thanks for posting this wil...
and Bob... all our best wishes to you and your daughter....
*Special Otter Princess MoJo to Katie and her family and also to Antika & her Mom*
*OtterKisses for good measure too*
Much healing, ease-of-the-mind, and loving MOJO. *HUGS* to the family too.
Lame website, my hairy white butt. :) This is a so-cool site and the folks that frequent it make it so, but you're the magnet, wil, if I may be a tad suck-uppish. Awsome site. And many good thoughts to Bob in, where was it again? IOWA. That's it.
Prayers to the goddess, good thoughts to Bob and Katie, and to the doctors performing the surgery at this very minute.
Canadian Mojo on the way... pardon the exchange rate!
Here's to a safe operation and a speedy recovery.
All the luck in the world for Bob and his baby girl. *MOJO MOJO MOJO*
All our thoughts and wishes to your daughter and your family. We are all waiting to hear that the operation is a success. -Mojo- -Mojo- -Mojo-
*MOJO to Iowa*
*MOJO to Katie*
*MOJO to Bob and his Family*
*MOJO to Dearborne, Michigan*
*MOJO to Antika's Mother*
*MOJO to Antika and Family*
Sending some angel prayers and Reiki energy her way! Good Luck.=o)
Mojo processing. Please let us know the outcome.
* LOTSA HEALIN' MOJO COMIN' KATIE'S WAY *
Bob, you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.
Best to you Katie!!!
You too Bob!!! Thanks for sharing this Wil.
Mojo sent. Hope it gets across the Atlantic in time. Not quite sure where Iowa actually is - somewhere in the middle I believe - so if someone sees some lost Mojo scratching its head and looking lost, please point it in the right direction. Thanks.
Here's hoping all goes well.
My daughter has the same thing, to a lesser degree. Level 2 on both sides. I feel your pain. We're with you.
Real-Time Mojo from Texas!
Mo to come soon.
I hope your daughter gets through this alright. I know your predicament, my little brother had to have surgery when he was only a year and a half.
Sending you lotsa good mojo from the High school computer lab in Indiana at 10:06 AM EST.
I know that I am a little late, but I hope that everything went well. (Please let us know!)
I hope that now your daughter has gone through the worst, the test that we all have to face, and has a life of happyiness in front of her.
Major mojo from Springfield, MA, for everyone who wants it. Get that universal love thing going on.
i'm a believer in prayer. i have a sick family and the prayers go out all the time. since i was little, i always think of a dark map when i'm saying my prayers. whenever i've prayed for someone, i light up that part of the map in my head. by the time i'm done, there's little pockets of light all over the place.
bob, i hope you can see that HUGE light coming in through the window of the waiting room. iowa is on fire in my head.
wil wheaton, you kick ass.
As we drive by Iowa City tomorrow, and on our way home, we will send our best wishes.
Lots and lots of mojo coming to you from Texas! I hope everything goes well. Please keep us updated.
I'm not good with time zones (or geography), but I am sending this mojo to Bob and Katie - have faith.
And thank you for putting my personal crises in perspective today.
*sits in Iowa City and sends local mojo*
~*Mucho Mojo*~ & prayers for the little Boodlie-face ;) The surgery is probably done by now, but mojo and prayers are still a good thing :)
MOJO packaged and on its way!
Good luck...to the both of you.
You're a good guy, Wheaton.
here's some more mojo and prayers heading your way Bob, your baby girl and to Uncle Willie
Mojo from Florida.
Please post and let us know how the operation went.
Bob and his daughter are in my thoughts. Please, ask him to let us know how she's doing afterwards!
Here's some mojo from right here in Iowa City. Good luck to you and your baby girl, Bob.
Mojo mojo mojo.... Austin Powers would give his too...
Im sure with all this mojo your little girl will be fine. It is amazing to see the internet work like this to really touch someone else's life. We all connect through a flickering screen, keyboard, and data bits sent through a wire, but somehow all that technology is transformed into human goodwill for a living, breathing person. Wil you rock, and best wishes to Katie, *Mojo*, she will be just fine.
Good Thoughts from southern MN. it's 10ish am and here's hoping everything went well. i kinda wish you're website or contact info had been included. if it's any help, i had ureter surgery over 20 years ago (yeah, i'm old). so if you want a personal perspective on this type of surgery, just holler.
Real voodoo mojo from New Orleans - done and done!
Lots of positive energy from here always.
I said a prayer for your daughter.......Also sending lots of MoJo..........
Wil, you my friend are a class act. Thanks for posting this.
Best wishes for you and your daughter Bob.
Take deep breaths and focus. She needs you strong.
My mojo follows.
Serious good mojo, bud. Keep us posted as your beatutiful baby sails through with flying colors!
Damn... It's been almost two and a half hours since the procedure began. Here's some more Wisconsin Mojo, a little late, but I hope it helps all the same. Have a speedy recovery, Boodie-Face!
Hang in there, Dad. I know I'd be freaking out if my almost-four-year-old daughter needed an operation, so I'll be thinking about you and your family today. Let us know how things go, OK?
Have a happy, and peaceful, Thanksgiving all...
Bob, you and your beautiful daughter can consider themselves mojoed... oh, and prayed for pretty hard too!
All our love from Australia.
here's mojo, prayers and good thoughts heading to iowa right now!
Warmth, love and light to Bob and Katie.
Major mojo comin' atcha.
katie and bob will be in my thoughts and mojo all day, today. iowa won't know what hit it.
My wife's from Iowa, so I'm definitely sending some Mojo to Bob.
DownEast Mojo on the way...
****Major mojo and many prayers****
All the best,
I hope everything turns out alright. Hopefully someone will tell us what happened....
May the Lord watch over all those undergoing operations today
oh yeah... lots of Mojo too! For Bob and his daughter
Mojo sent to Katie in Iowa!
MaryLand Mojo and many prayers to you
***Wend backwards along time's silken strand to 08:00CST mojo!!!***
My heart is with you and your little girl, Bob! Healing white light and good thoughts coming your way!
More slightly late mojo for mojo-needin' people (damn West Coast time lag).
Mucho Mojo from Portland Oregon! :)
Massive Long Island Mojo going out to Bob and lil' Katie! Stay Strong, brotha!!
i believe in miracles...i believe that something good is going to happen for these people...here's some mojo and a prayer to help it along.
I've sent some nice mojo to bob and his daughter "katie" being in seattle has given the operation a head start on my mojo, but i hope it helps with the healing process if not the surgery. Everyone else has the surgery covered anyway.
Wishing katie all the best.
Mojo sent, from next door in South Dakota. :)
~~~~~~ Sends Mojo, Good Thoughts and Healing Vibes to Katie ~~~~~~
The Operation are probably already over, but I'm sending some anyway.. As a new father (baby girl since a month and a half now), I can fully understand going crazy in these kinds of situations.
We just made our first ER trip with our 14-month old son. Scares the shit out of you.
Mojo sent from North of the border.
(Canada. Toronto, to be exact.)
God bless Katie and her family and be with them in their time of need...
Little Katie should be in recovery by now. Here's some good ole southern mojo for her speedy recovery!! MOJO!
It is currently 11:51am CST and I will have to consign my mojo to the speedy post-operative recovery efforts. Please, Bob, accept my mojo as also a father of a 16 moth old girl with celiac disease as well and another child on the way. I understand the fear. I hope yours is conquered by a successful operation and a happy Katie.
You got it--since I'm late, here's post-op mojo heading east.
Way to start my day off with sappy tears and perspective rearranging, too. Twice in two days that something on someone's weblog caused me to stop being such a whiner for a little while...
DETROIT mojo comin your way ~~~~~~~
Sending quick recovery MOJO as I'm late for the surgery part. You sound like a wonderful daddy- your little girl is truly blessed.
Thank you for posting Bob's eloquent message and letting us send our MOJO.
Cascades-MOJO to Iowa for Katie & Bob...
Cascades-MOJO to Michigan for Antika & Her Mom...
and bravo to UW for letting us help... you really are a class act, man. :)
/me is not a religious person, but I'm praying for her anyway. Best wishes!
No joke: my 7-week-old son just had a renal scan this morning and he's going to need surgery to fix his kidney problem, too. Strange that Bob's note appears today--very close to home. All my best wishes for you both.
City of Brotherly Love Mojo comin your way Bob! The best of luck!!!
I don't know about the time difference, I am reading this late - but MORE MOJO from New Zealand. Mine, to be precise. And lots of it.
Best wishes for your baby, Bob, and lots of blessings.
Though the operation is over - more mojo to you from VA for the whole recovery process.
I hope all went well.
My friends and I are sending mucho mojo to Bob and his family. Best wishes for a safe operation and speedy recovery.
Southern post-op mojo headed your way (& some pointed towards Michigan too!) Wil, you rock.
According to a recent news article, most Americans can't find Iowa (or any other state) on a map. I pray all the mojo was sent to the right place. Let us know how it went.
SHE WILL BE FINE, SHE WILL BE FINE, SHE WILL BE FINE. Just keep thinking this, it works every time my mum has another joint replacement. ( she has osteo-arthritis and is slowly turning into Jamie Summers!)
Belated healing Mojo for Katie....
From a Canadian who loves her American friends
I may be late to the mojo party, but I'm sending some more from Denver. I've got a friend out in Iowa, and my wife's mother's family used to live there. And it's *never* fun when someone you love has serious health problems; my wife's certainly had her share these past few years.
You know, I'm told that, on The WELL, they call these expressions of good will and positive energy "beams." Whether they be called "beams" or "mojo," let's all hope they help Bob and his little girl Katie.
Beast wishes and prayers for u and ur daughter Bob. She's going to be FINE.
Bob, be sure to let us all know how perfectly Katie's surgery went. mojomojomojomojo
Here, Iowa, have some Mojo on me.
And 'lil Katie? Get well soon honey!
A little late, but here's some Alabama MOJOJOJO comin' your way >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Washington DC Mojo headed your way. It's good Mojo I swear! It hasn't come in contact with any crooked politicians!
Here is tons of good Seattle MOJO to the Katie in Iowa
Consider my mojo spent...er, sent...
I never was a religious guy. I learned to pray when my 2nd child was born a bit early with some lung problems. I won't be facetious enough to say that I found God, but I sure did talk his ear off.
By now, your little angel should hopefully be in post-op, but a little bit of Virginia mojo can't hurt for that recovery phase.
And same for Antika's Mom as well.
I like the comment the fellow from Indonesia made. The world would be a better place if there was more of this mojo flowing around.
*hugs from a father of two, aged 30 months and 9 months*
I'm a bit late to the mojo party, but this just is too close to my personal life not to comment here anyway.
I had a similar (if not the same?) reflux problem between my kidneys and my bladder when I was born... basically, the one-way valves from kidneys to bladder went both ways. One side fixed itself as I grew, and I had surgery when I was in third grade to fix the other side. At the time, my surgeon told me that the "smiley-face" scar that went all the way across my abdomen at the time would shrink, and I would grow, to the point where it would fit underneath a bikini without showing. Of course, as a third grader I had no interest whatsoever in bikinis...
It was hard on my parents during those years before the surgery... we did everything they and the doctors could think of to prevent infections, and it worked. I couldn't take baths. I couldn't swim. I drank cranberry juice constantly. But I didn't have kidney infections which could have severely damaged my kidneys.
The couple of weeks I spent at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis around Christmastime must have been hell for my parents. But I remember most of it, and I do have some good memories of it in addition to a couple of not-fun ones, and I especially remember the drive home. Mom had to be extra careful on the icey roads, but I gazed out the window at the near-magical snow and holiday lights and savored the feel of *going home*.
I was back in school only a bit later, and followup tests showed that the surgery had worked. Dad taught me how to stick my face in the pool and blow bubbles the following year, which was a big step, and then I was enrolled in my first beginner swim class that summer. Mom has a photo of me jumping off the big diving board the following year, something that none of us really ever expected to see, back in the days before the surgery!
I'm nearing thirty now, and have had no trouble since the refluxing was fixed. And now that I think about it, the surgeon was right about that bikini thing... though I'm still not that interested in wearing one!
I'll be lighting a candle tonight for Katie and her daddy, and their whole family... You're in my thoughts and prayers, and since I grew up in Indiana, I've got no trouble at all visualizing Iowa. :-)
Only saw this post now - sending healing thoughts. You take care.
Goodthoughts on their way.
Hyper galactic sized mojo is winging your way... (A little late, but I hope it helps!)
i had the same operation...in 1981! it saved my life and i'm grateful for it -- you've got all my mojo working for ya!
Although it's been several hours since the "procedure", here's some Chevy Chase (from when he was funny) styled mojo to speed the recovery.
Be the ball.
Japanese-Canadian Buddhist karma flowing towards Iowa for a swift and pain-free recovery! Let us know when the doctors say everything went well and the problem is fixed up!
My best belated Mojo coming your way. It'll take some time since I'm in England at the moment but it will get there =)
australian style mojo flying across the pacific as we speak.
Much Mojo from Nashville. Sorry it's little late.
Ok so have missed the operation Mojo so i'm sending post-op healing vibes...
*does wavy arms and intense concentration face*
I am 18 years older than my baby brother and every cold he has fills me with dread. An operation, no matter how complex must be worrying on a scale i cant imagine.
**healing and speedy recovery mojo**
Lots of healing and speedy recovery mojo going to Iowa.
Will, you sent me mojo a while ago and that dream came true this summer!!! So if mojo helps, then I'm sending mine too!!!!!!
*sends more healing mojo to Iowa and Michigan* Sorry I wasn't on time for your Mom, Antika! I send mojo to both for a very speedy and safe recovery!
Aack, a day late and a dollar short for operation Mojo, but lots of "successful procedure" and "speedy healing" Mojo is directed your way.
MUCHO MOJO! Oh, and ((hugs)), lots and lots of ((hugs)).
Sending Some Indiana Mojo your way Katie and Bob!!!!
Lots of mojo sent! Best wishes from Texas to Bob and his daughter. :-)
Canadian/American mojo, the best kind.
I missed out on sending Mojo today, but I was experiencing something so similar that I hope that my Mojo was just out there by default. My husband had surgery this morning as well, at about 8:00am EST (it was supposed to be 7:30, but they were running late). It was a procedure that he has had many times, as the doctors haven't found a way to stop the bad from happening, only a way to try to keep putting it right again, over and over. He's had it done more times than I'd like to remember at this point, and he always comes out just fine... in some pain, but just fine. Still... every time, in the deepest parts of my heart and mind I am freaking out... terrified that this time something will go wrong... terrified that I will see that look on the doctor's face when she comes out to tell me how it went.
So... here's some belated Mojo from someone who understands. I hope Katie is doing well.
From the father of a six year old little girl who is the sunshine of my life and my reason for living, I can not possibly know what you are feeling right now but all my mojo, prayers, thoughts and hopes are for Katie!!
I missed sending the MOJO at the right time as I was moving and still had not gotten everything unpacked. However, Bob, I am sending you my mojo, love, thoughts, prayers, heart, everything positive your way for a quick recovery so your baby girl can be back to being a mischievous lil monkey! I can relate to the wave of emotions one goes through at times like this as my son had 3 surgeries before the age of 3. He now is a very happy, healthy soon to be 5 year old, oh and very, very mischievous!
XOXOX to your Baby Girl!
Late mojo for the recovery process, and an early return home!
BIG TEXAAAAAS MOJO BOB!
I am so sorry to be late with the mojo. The one day I don't read...tsk.
I hope everything went well. Prayers and positive thoughts to Katie and your family Bob.
Late...but still...GET BETTER FAST MOJO!!!!!!!!!!
POSITIVE ENGERGY and MOJO coming at you!
I am a day late..but I give my best for recovery wishes! Keep us updated! I can definitely relate by being a parent with a first child.But even if it is a second or even if it is a stepchild, or a relative whomever it is...it is very hard to see someone go into surgery.But I am sure all will turn out well! God Bless..
Bob- Way to go and congrats the turn out. Should make for a Happy Holiday
Chris in Clear Lake
Here's some mega-mojo to Bob and Boodlie Face from an Aussie in Toronto. Sorry, I only read about this today, so since the operation is over, then perhaps you can just save up all those positive vibes for another time when you need them.
This is late, but there's always room for more mojo. Its on the way.
Very late, and noticed only after Wil is talking about more [didn't really check the web yesterday or Monday that much :(], but ... well, recovery post-op mojo to Boodlie-Face, then ... and sympathy/happiness/good vibes to Bob, too. Hope all heals up well.
Bob and Boodlie Have A Posse. :-)
As a recipient of much mojo for my daughter (who has endured surgeries beyond number in her 6 short years) I am SO sorry that I didn't read this entry until today.
I am sending healing thoughts, white light, and many prayers toward Bob and Katie...I know the power of these good thoughts, and I have no doubt that they helped.
Late mojo sent to help heal Booglie Face and allow Bob and his wife to breathe a little easier now.
All the best Mojo from Ireland. I have plenty to spare....
Am glad the operation went well. She'll be fine.
Glad to hear the op went well, best wishes for a speedy recovery! :D
As they say, better late than never....
Well, I haven't checked on Uncle Willie's in a few days, and I missed this...however, I am going to send some mojo for the recovery...
Hope all is well,
*Post-op Mojo for Southeast Wisconsin*
I just wanted to let all of you know that Katie is doing just grandly. She is home now, and her recovery is going even better than the operation.
I simply cannot thank all of you enough, other than to say, "Thank you."
- Bob Roth, WWDN fan
Major Mojo and hugs and luv and prayers!!!
She'll get well soon!
I'm late too. I'm glad everything is going well :)
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