The One Where Ember Gets Put Under

Sorry, hypno-fans… I don’t mean “put under” like that. But I got your attention, didn’t I? 😛

I just want to let you know, with as much advance notice as I can give, that I will be taking a chunk of time off toward the end of October. Not my normal “vacation where I still end up doing stuff” kind of time off, but real time off.

Part of the reason for my recent trip up north was that I had an appointment scheduled with a surgeon in New York. Yes, that’s a long way to go for doctor, but he is world-class in his specialty. And if you know me, you know I only want the best!

Anyway, he accepted me as a patient, and on Friday I got the call – he’s scheduled me for surgery at the end of October. I couldn’t be happier or in more skilled hands, but it will be an extensive procedure (several operations combined, 6 hours on the table) with a lengthy recovery (8 weeks before I can resume all my normal activities – though only 2 weeks before I can fly, so my ass is still going to CA for Thanksgiving, woo!)

While I think it’s fairly obvious given the timetable, I want to be absolutely clear – THIS IS NOT EMERGENCY SURGERY. It’s necessary, but I’m not about to keel over.

Anyway, this is a huge relief for me – I’ve had this appointment for a long time, and I’ve been really preoccupied wondering if this rock-star surgeon would accept me as his patient.

There will be implications for things like suspending requests for custom work and possibly the charity drive this year, but I’ll get to all that in due time. Right now, it’s just a heads up and a little happy-dance from me! 🙂