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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?

Read on...

"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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Tracked on September 3, 2003 10:45 AM

Mojo sent!!!!

~~~~~~healing vibes~~~~~~~~~~~

Posted by: Toonces at November 25, 2002 09:41 PM

Wisconsin mojo, headin' your way, Bob.

Posted by: Rob Matsushita at November 25, 2002 09:42 PM

Goodness yes. I will send mojo for sure.

*already begins sending mojo*

Posted by: Kat at November 25, 2002 09:43 PM

Thoughts sent. Light and love to Bob and his little girl.

Posted by: becky at November 25, 2002 09:43 PM

Wow, first comment I believe. :) Good luck to the good sir! *sends her love energy towards Iowa*


Posted by: Moonie at November 25, 2002 09:44 PM

Much mojo on the way. From Japan so it may take a while, but it's there....

Posted by: amy at November 25, 2002 09:55 PM

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.

Posted by: Cindy at November 25, 2002 09:57 PM

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

Posted by: Timboy at November 25, 2002 09:58 PM

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*

Posted by: GreenEyes The Official CAT of Violence at November 25, 2002 10:03 PM

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

Posted by: Anthony at November 25, 2002 10:07 PM

**Warm Canadian Mojo**
*HUGE Winnipeg MOJO*

Posted by: thedragon at November 25, 2002 10:09 PM

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.


Posted by: Jeffery Borchert at November 25, 2002 10:11 PM

Mojo, love, and prayers delivered.

Posted by: mmmsoap at November 25, 2002 10:18 PM

Good luck with your daughter! Wil what's his website URL?

Posted by: anthony at November 25, 2002 10:20 PM

::mojo, mojo, mojo:: You'll be in my thoughts.


Posted by: Ann at November 25, 2002 10:22 PM

All the love, warmth and mojo I've got to offer...on the way.

Posted by: Radiate at November 25, 2002 10:23 PM

More Canuck Mojo for Bob, Katie, and their family and friends, this time from the Left Coast.

Posted by: Reena at November 25, 2002 10:23 PM

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.

Posted by: Antika at November 25, 2002 10:24 PM

Bob, I'll be thinking good healthy mojo to you and your baby girl tomorrow morning. *hugs*

Posted by: Antika at November 25, 2002 10:26 PM

Plenty of Mojo coming your way, Bob and Katie.


Posted by: Candice at November 25, 2002 10:31 PM

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)

Posted by: Patrick Sherwood at November 25, 2002 10:34 PM

I shall light a green candle for Katie on the morrow.

Green equals healing energy, in case you're wondering. ^.^

Posted by: R. Khanyar at November 25, 2002 10:36 PM

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.

Posted by: Laura at November 25, 2002 10:38 PM

Mojo mojo mojo happy thoughts happy thoughts happy thoughts...

Posted by: Jay at November 25, 2002 10:39 PM

*Good Thoughts* heading her way.
(My circle of friends version of Mojo)

Posted by: JohnO at November 25, 2002 10:43 PM

Mojo on top of mojo, and I shared the mojo on my own journal to spread it a little farther.

Posted by: Mary at November 25, 2002 10:43 PM

hope this is still in time for bob and katie ... tons and tons of mojo from the philippines. :)

Posted by: Tin Tin at November 25, 2002 10:56 PM

Sending some good vibes at this very moment!

Posted by: April Perea at November 25, 2002 10:58 PM

Tons of mojo sent! Best wishes from NJ to Bob and his daughter.

Posted by: Helen at November 25, 2002 10:59 PM

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.

Posted by: Chris at November 25, 2002 10:59 PM

Sending some good vibes at this very moment!

Posted by: April Perea at November 25, 2002 10:59 PM

More mojo to yer mom, Antika

Posted by: Reena at November 25, 2002 11:04 PM

So yeah, I've fired up the Mojo delivery channels and am beaming it out right now. IOWA.

Posted by: Christopher at November 25, 2002 11:08 PM

Plenty of prayers coming your way - may little Katie have a safe and successful operation and speedy recovery!

Posted by: Margie at November 25, 2002 11:13 PM

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!

Posted by: Ruth Woytsek at November 25, 2002 11:13 PM

*Healing MOJO*

Posted by: belinda at November 25, 2002 11:21 PM

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.


Posted by: Janece at November 25, 2002 11:21 PM

More Wisconsin mojo going to Iowa and Michigan too for Antika. All us Midwesterners need to stick together!

Posted by: Sunidesus at November 25, 2002 11:25 PM

Sending major good healing MOJO to Iowa.

Posted by: LadySprite at November 25, 2002 11:49 PM

Real Time PRAYER coming your way, Bob.

Posted by: Rick at November 26, 2002 12:00 AM

Best of luck, and much mojo from Los Angeles.

Posted by: Jason at November 26, 2002 12:00 AM

* Healing Mojo *

Posted by: cookie at November 26, 2002 12:14 AM

*beams MOJO to Katie and her family*

Posted by: mcfoo at November 26, 2002 12:15 AM

Mojo from Burbank, CA, USA sent! Do let us know how it went! *hugs, mojo, support*

Posted by: Adam at November 26, 2002 12:35 AM

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.

Posted by: Eric at November 26, 2002 12:47 AM

You are a class act Wil Wheaton.

Class act... ;)

Mojofication Factor 9, ENGAGED!

Posted by: syndromes at November 26, 2002 01:03 AM

:: mojo ::

Posted by: John at November 26, 2002 01:12 AM


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

Posted by: wade art at November 26, 2002 01:20 AM

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.

Posted by: Peter at November 26, 2002 01:43 AM

Done. Thanks for posting this, Wil! :)

Posted by: frogger at November 26, 2002 01:44 AM

*sending healing mojo*

Posted by: ionicus at November 26, 2002 01:47 AM

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.

Posted by: Mike at November 26, 2002 01:54 AM

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.

Posted by: James Stuart at November 26, 2002 01:57 AM

Marks mojo be floss & flying its way to you from New Zealand.

Posted by: Mark at November 26, 2002 02:22 AM


Swedish mojo sent.

Posted by: Robert at November 26, 2002 02:29 AM

My prayers are with Bob and his daughter

Posted by: Elena at November 26, 2002 02:56 AM

*good, safe surgery and healing mojo*

Posted by: RavenBlue at November 26, 2002 03:14 AM


I hope everything gos well...

Posted by: SpiderWebb at November 26, 2002 03:37 AM


Some Major Irish Mojo headin' your way, kiddo.


Posted by: Alan MacDonald at November 26, 2002 03:43 AM

Mojo you ask for and mojo you shall have.

I'll be thinking about you, Katie-girl.

Posted by: Shannon at November 26, 2002 03:48 AM

**** A Prayer of Healing from the Faroe Islands ***

Posted by: Oak at November 26, 2002 04:04 AM

Major Mojo and love sent to Bob and his family from Southeastern Pennsy.

Posted by: Tammtamm at November 26, 2002 04:07 AM

Mojo for you and your daughter.
From Germany

Posted by: mr.sphynx at November 26, 2002 04:07 AM

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.


Posted by: JC at November 26, 2002 04:18 AM

Sending Mowa to Iojo.

I mean Iojo to Mowa.

I *mean* Iowa to Mojo.

I mean... gah...

Mojo to Iowa. Mojo to Iowa!

Posted by: Traska at November 26, 2002 04:19 AM

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.

Posted by: Nicole at November 26, 2002 04:19 AM

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.

Posted by: Christine at November 26, 2002 04:34 AM

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.

Posted by: Ramius at November 26, 2002 04:37 AM

This Mo's for you, Bob. :) And for your "Boodlie-Face".


Posted by: Clay at November 26, 2002 04:46 AM

God bless the little children. My prayers are with you.

Posted by: CJ at November 26, 2002 04:53 AM

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"

Posted by: Kurt Dresner at November 26, 2002 04:57 AM

Mojo for the present....and much mojo for the future. And a little bit of artistic mojo forever. Lets create a mojo rainbow!

Posted by: Artisticspirit at November 26, 2002 05:00 AM

Mojo sent. Thanksgiving will be more than turkey and football for you this year I'm sure.

Posted by: Zeno at November 26, 2002 05:09 AM

Mojo from Sydney too. Hope everything goes well and Katie has a long and happy life.

Posted by: Nadia at November 26, 2002 05:14 AM

Prayers and mojo going out for little Katie and her daddy. :)

Posted by: Annakie at November 26, 2002 05:17 AM

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! :)
Love, Alicia
P.S. Thanks, Wil, for posting this.

Posted by: Alicia at November 26, 2002 05:17 AM

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.

Posted by: Cari at November 26, 2002 05:18 AM

Mojo received (re: twisted ankle and moving) should be given back.

Actually, mojo is best circulated. :)

Posted by: LittleGuy at November 26, 2002 05:26 AM

Mojo for Bob and his little Angel and some for Antika's Ma as well!

Posted by: littleman at November 26, 2002 05:29 AM

Tons of healing mojosity pouring Iowa-bound, with a sidestream to Michigan.......

Posted by: Dana at November 26, 2002 05:32 AM

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?


Posted by: CharlieMouse at November 26, 2002 05:34 AM

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!

Posted by: Bagelcat at November 26, 2002 05:41 AM

All the spare mojo, and some extra are sent to the land of corn. Iowa.

*ummm* *ummm*

ding. you have mojo.

Posted by: Tim at November 26, 2002 05:54 AM


Posted by: fuego de noche at November 26, 2002 05:57 AM

Mojo sent!..
(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....


Posted by: Tyson at November 26, 2002 05:57 AM

*Special Otter Princess MoJo to Katie and her family and also to Antika & her Mom*

*OtterKisses for good measure too*

Posted by: Stargazer at November 26, 2002 06:01 AM


Much healing, ease-of-the-mind, and loving MOJO. *HUGS* to the family too.

Posted by: Anne at November 26, 2002 06:02 AM

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.

(in Kansas)

Posted by: bobckc at November 26, 2002 06:06 AM

Prayers to the goddess, good thoughts to Bob and Katie, and to the doctors performing the surgery at this very minute.

Posted by: Valkyrie at November 26, 2002 06:07 AM

Canadian Mojo on the way... pardon the exchange rate!

Posted by: pookzilla at November 26, 2002 06:10 AM

Here's to a safe operation and a speedy recovery.

Posted by: T.W. Lewis at November 26, 2002 06:11 AM

All the luck in the world for Bob and his baby girl. *MOJO MOJO MOJO*

Posted by: Gencie at November 26, 2002 06:15 AM

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-


Posted by: Dodge at November 26, 2002 06:19 AM

*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*

Posted by: marrasaff at November 26, 2002 06:38 AM

Sending some angel prayers and Reiki energy her way! Good Luck.=o)


Posted by: Ashley at November 26, 2002 06:38 AM

Mojo processing. Please let us know the outcome.

Posted by: Eva at November 26, 2002 06:54 AM


Bob, you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.

Posted by: galestorm at November 26, 2002 06:55 AM

Best to you Katie!!!

You too Bob!!! Thanks for sharing this Wil.


Posted by: Brock at November 26, 2002 06:55 AM

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.

Posted by: The Rev at November 26, 2002 06:56 AM

My daughter has the same thing, to a lesser degree. Level 2 on both sides. I feel your pain. We're with you.

Posted by: buntz at November 26, 2002 06:56 AM

Real-Time Mojo from Texas!
9:05 Central...
Mo to come soon.

Posted by: Rick Op at November 26, 2002 07:06 AM

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.

Posted by: Jen at November 26, 2002 07:06 AM

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.

Posted by: Jess at November 26, 2002 07:07 AM

Major mojo from Springfield, MA, for everyone who wants it. Get that universal love thing going on.

Posted by: Erika at November 26, 2002 07:09 AM

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.

Posted by: karen at November 26, 2002 07:12 AM

As we drive by Iowa City tomorrow, and on our way home, we will send our best wishes.

Posted by: Roughy at November 26, 2002 07:15 AM

Lots and lots of mojo coming to you from Texas! I hope everything goes well. Please keep us updated.

Posted by: April at November 26, 2002 07:16 AM

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.

Posted by: skandrae at November 26, 2002 07:17 AM

*sits in Iowa City and sends local mojo*

Posted by: hmbscully at November 26, 2002 07:22 AM

~*Mucho Mojo*~ & prayers for the little Boodlie-face ;) The surgery is probably done by now, but mojo and prayers are still a good thing :)

Posted by: Thumper at November 26, 2002 07:23 AM

MOJO packaged and on its way!

Good luck...to the both of you.

You're a good guy, Wheaton.

Posted by: joshbales at November 26, 2002 07:34 AM

here's some more mojo and prayers heading your way Bob, your baby girl and to Uncle Willie

Posted by: FHeL D. at November 26, 2002 07:35 AM

Mojo from Florida.

Please post and let us know how the operation went.


Posted by: MsRetro at November 26, 2002 07:48 AM

Bob and his daughter are in my thoughts. Please, ask him to let us know how she's doing afterwards!


Posted by: Jasmine at November 26, 2002 07:49 AM

Here's some mojo from right here in Iowa City. Good luck to you and your baby girl, Bob.

Posted by: Marne at November 26, 2002 08:00 AM

Mojo mojo mojo.... Austin Powers would give his too...

Posted by: Jim at November 26, 2002 08:02 AM

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.

Posted by: Pat at November 26, 2002 08:14 AM

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.

Posted by: deb m. at November 26, 2002 08:16 AM

Real voodoo mojo from New Orleans - done and done!

Posted by: Raven at November 26, 2002 08:20 AM

Lots of positive energy from here always.


Posted by: Fabian at November 26, 2002 08:21 AM

I said a prayer for your daughter.......Also sending lots of MoJo..........

Wil, you my friend are a class act. Thanks for posting this.


Posted by: matt at November 26, 2002 08:21 AM

Best wishes for you and your daughter Bob.
Take deep breaths and focus. She needs you strong.
My mojo follows.

Posted by: Adam Crandall at November 26, 2002 08:22 AM

Serious good mojo, bud. Keep us posted as your beatutiful baby sails through with flying colors!

Posted by: Joseph J. Finn at November 26, 2002 08:23 AM

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...

Posted by: Shaun at November 26, 2002 08:27 AM

Bob, you and your beautiful daughter can consider themselves mojoed... oh, and prayed for pretty hard too!
All our love from Australia.

Posted by: Jarryd and friends at November 26, 2002 08:31 AM

here's mojo, prayers and good thoughts heading to iowa right now!

Posted by: rick at November 26, 2002 08:34 AM

Warmth, love and light to Bob and Katie.
Major mojo comin' atcha.

Posted by: Eleanor at November 26, 2002 08:35 AM

katie and bob will be in my thoughts and mojo all day, today. iowa won't know what hit it.

Posted by: christy at November 26, 2002 08:42 AM

My wife's from Iowa, so I'm definitely sending some Mojo to Bob.

Posted by: John Burroway at November 26, 2002 08:45 AM

DownEast Mojo on the way...

Posted by: Artman at November 26, 2002 08:47 AM

****Major mojo and many prayers****

All the best,


Posted by: dean at November 26, 2002 08:56 AM

I hope everything turns out alright. Hopefully someone will tell us what happened....

May the Lord watch over all those undergoing operations today

Posted by: Tiffany at November 26, 2002 09:08 AM

oh yeah... lots of Mojo too! For Bob and his daughter

Posted by: Tiffany at November 26, 2002 09:10 AM

Mojo sent to Katie in Iowa!

Posted by: MrSpock at November 26, 2002 09:30 AM

MaryLand Mojo and many prayers to you

Posted by: Tony at November 26, 2002 09:30 AM

***Wend backwards along time's silken strand to 08:00CST mojo!!!***

Posted by: Gwalchmai at November 26, 2002 09:31 AM

My heart is with you and your little girl, Bob! Healing white light and good thoughts coming your way!


Posted by: Tracey at November 26, 2002 09:40 AM

More slightly late mojo for mojo-needin' people (damn West Coast time lag).

Posted by: KJB at November 26, 2002 09:40 AM

Mucho Mojo from Portland Oregon! :)

Posted by: tiggerfencer at November 26, 2002 09:46 AM

Massive Long Island Mojo going out to Bob and lil' Katie! Stay Strong, brotha!!

Posted by: Leslie Hartman at November 26, 2002 09:47 AM

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.

Posted by: d. burr at November 26, 2002 09:49 AM

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.

Posted by: Denise at November 26, 2002 10:04 AM

Mojo sent, from next door in South Dakota. :)

Posted by: Celli at November 26, 2002 10:04 AM

~~~~~~ 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.

Posted by: Glenn Fallhorn at November 26, 2002 10:04 AM

We just made our first ER trip with our 14-month old son. Scares the shit out of you.
Happy MOJO.

Posted by: Demosthenes at November 26, 2002 10:05 AM

Mojo sent from North of the border.
(Canada. Toronto, to be exact.)

Posted by: Delphine at November 26, 2002 10:09 AM

God bless Katie and her family and be with them in their time of need...

Posted by: Angie at November 26, 2002 10:14 AM

Little Katie should be in recovery by now. Here's some good ole southern mojo for her speedy recovery!! MOJO!

Posted by: Alisha at November 26, 2002 10:14 AM

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.

Posted by: The Slice at November 26, 2002 10:15 AM

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...

Posted by: Chris at November 26, 2002 10:16 AM

DETROIT mojo comin your way ~~~~~~~

Posted by: Claire at November 26, 2002 10:17 AM


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.

Posted by: Ness at November 26, 2002 10:19 AM

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. :)

Posted by: dake at November 26, 2002 10:22 AM

/me is not a religious person, but I'm praying for her anyway. Best wishes!

Posted by: sara at November 26, 2002 10:32 AM

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.

Posted by: srain315 at November 26, 2002 10:37 AM

City of Brotherly Love Mojo comin your way Bob! The best of luck!!!

Posted by: Anthony P. at November 26, 2002 10:39 AM

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.

Tiana xx

Posted by: Tiana at November 26, 2002 10:52 AM

Though the operation is over - more mojo to you from VA for the whole recovery process.

I hope all went well.

Posted by: Chewie at November 26, 2002 11:05 AM

My friends and I are sending mucho mojo to Bob and his family. Best wishes for a safe operation and speedy recovery.

Posted by: Epod at November 26, 2002 11:07 AM

Southern post-op mojo headed your way (& some pointed towards Michigan too!) Wil, you rock.

Posted by: odosbucket at November 26, 2002 11:08 AM

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.

Posted by: Spam at November 26, 2002 11:19 AM

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!)

Posted by: Dee at November 26, 2002 11:23 AM

Belated healing Mojo for Katie....

From a Canadian who loves her American friends

Posted by: ColleenS at November 26, 2002 11:29 AM

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.

Posted by: Erbo at November 26, 2002 11:30 AM

Beast wishes and prayers for u and ur daughter Bob. She's going to be FINE.

Posted by: JediPrincess at November 26, 2002 11:45 AM

Bob, be sure to let us all know how perfectly Katie's surgery went. mojomojomojomojo

Posted by: Angela at November 26, 2002 11:45 AM

Here, Iowa, have some Mojo on me.

And 'lil Katie? Get well soon honey!

Posted by: Claire at November 26, 2002 12:01 PM

A little late, but here's some Alabama MOJOJOJO comin' your way >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Posted by: Interplanet Janet at November 26, 2002 12:02 PM

Washington DC Mojo headed your way. It's good Mojo I swear! It hasn't come in contact with any crooked politicians!

Posted by: Mr Fibby at November 26, 2002 12:08 PM

Here is tons of good Seattle MOJO to the Katie in Iowa

Posted by: Terry at November 26, 2002 12:09 PM

Consider my mojo spent...er, sent...

Posted by: Conpedro at November 26, 2002 12:11 PM

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*

Posted by: Roy at November 26, 2002 12:26 PM

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. :-)

Posted by: Adele Shakal at November 26, 2002 12:31 PM

Only saw this post now - sending healing thoughts. You take care.

Posted by: Jodie at November 26, 2002 12:34 PM

Goodthoughts on their way.

Posted by: Bill Longley at November 26, 2002 12:44 PM

Hyper galactic sized mojo is winging your way... (A little late, but I hope it helps!)

Posted by: Thespar at November 26, 2002 12:44 PM

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!

Posted by: trish at November 26, 2002 12:46 PM

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.


Amit C.

Posted by: Amit C. at November 26, 2002 12:49 PM

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!

Posted by: Gloria Aoki at November 26, 2002 01:07 PM

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 =)

Posted by: Glovefox at November 26, 2002 01:30 PM

australian style mojo flying across the pacific as we speak.

Posted by: billyjoebob & feistynoodle at November 26, 2002 02:41 PM

Much Mojo from Nashville. Sorry it's little late.

Posted by: Ken at November 26, 2002 02:44 PM

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.

Best wishes

Posted by: EnglishBen at November 26, 2002 03:40 PM

**healing and speedy recovery mojo**

Posted by: Darzog at November 26, 2002 03:46 PM

Lots of healing and speedy recovery mojo going to Iowa.

Posted by: Katrina at November 26, 2002 04:01 PM

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!!!!!!



Posted by: miss_kebab at November 26, 2002 04:09 PM

*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!

Posted by: Moonie at November 26, 2002 04:17 PM

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)).

Posted by: ambeart at November 26, 2002 04:23 PM

Sending Some Indiana Mojo your way Katie and Bob!!!!


Posted by: Anni at November 26, 2002 06:15 PM

Lots of mojo sent! Best wishes from Texas to Bob and his daughter. :-)

Posted by: mary at November 26, 2002 06:44 PM

Canadian/American mojo, the best kind.

Posted by: J. at November 26, 2002 06:53 PM

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.


Posted by: Melinda Beasi at November 26, 2002 07:25 PM

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!!

Posted by: Hugh at November 26, 2002 08:17 PM


Posted by: Joshua Sucher at November 26, 2002 08:22 PM

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!

Posted by: Eissej at November 26, 2002 08:36 PM

Late mojo for the recovery process, and an early return home!


Posted by: Brian at November 26, 2002 09:21 PM

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.

Posted by: nancyann at November 26, 2002 09:36 PM

Late...but still...GET BETTER FAST MOJO!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: bluecat/redblanket at November 27, 2002 05:46 AM

POSITIVE ENGERGY and MOJO coming at you!


Posted by: MikeJones at November 27, 2002 06:10 AM

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..

Posted by: candace at November 27, 2002 07:47 AM

Bob- Way to go and congrats the turn out. Should make for a Happy Holiday

Best wishes

Chris in Clear Lake

Posted by: Chris at November 27, 2002 08:13 AM

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.

Take care.

Posted by: Kat at November 27, 2002 09:19 AM

This is late, but there's always room for more mojo. Its on the way.

Posted by: Tony Powell at November 27, 2002 11:21 AM

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. :-)

Posted by: Mike Harris at November 27, 2002 12:04 PM

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.


Posted by: Kim at November 27, 2002 01:18 PM

Late mojo sent to help heal Booglie Face and allow Bob and his wife to breathe a little easier now.

Posted by: Angelwwolf at November 27, 2002 02:20 PM

All the best Mojo from Ireland. I have plenty to spare....

Am glad the operation went well. She'll be fine.

Posted by: Colman at November 27, 2002 03:24 PM

Glad to hear the op went well, best wishes for a speedy recovery! :D

As they say, better late than never....

Posted by: firemage at November 27, 2002 08:29 PM

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,


Posted by: Matrix at November 27, 2002 09:03 PM

*Post-op Mojo for Southeast Wisconsin*

Posted by: Joshua at November 28, 2002 10:18 PM

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

Posted by: Bob Roth at November 28, 2002 11:16 PM

Major Mojo and hugs and luv and prayers!!!

She'll get well soon!

Posted by: Anitza at November 29, 2002 12:15 PM

I'm late too. I'm glad everything is going well :)

Posted by: Frank at November 30, 2002 07:12 AM
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