Our good friend Joan Katherine Shaw is having surgery on Monday – send your love and best wishes here.

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  1. October 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Joan left this message on an earlier thread last night:

    Personal note — found all my problems these past few months stem from a robust kidney stone. No terror from me about that snaking thing going up through my urethra to seek out and crush the stone, no. What I’m always terrified of is the panic attacks I’ve experienced after two previous surgeries under general anesthesia. Truly, I would rather die on the operating table than experience another one, each of them took me a total of three years and many months of therapies to get over them.

    I think I’m following the directions from my personal internist, which worked for recent surgeries, but this particular surgery was decided just today and before I had two weeks of pre-emptive medication before each surgery. I have only two and a half days this times. And my doctor is off at some meeting and his office closed.

    Well, I can only hope it’s enough and that I can have a talk with the anesthesiologist before he does his work to ask for a bit of alresapam in withthe anesthesia. I think I can politely refuse to go into the operating room before I talk to him. My daughter said she and her Dad will find him, if worse comes to worse, and bring him back to me by the hand.

    I’m going to have a comforting blessing from our (Episcopal) priest beforehand, thank heavens. But I would appreciate a prayer or a mantra or a blessing from Allah or the Great Spirit or Wicca wishes or simply warm thoughts and wishes from the dear people who come to TOD that the terror of a panic attack stay away from me this time, too. It takes months and years of recurring attacks once it grips me — which I’ve managed to avoid for many years. I don’t want to spend my last months or years being afraid, you see.

    See you next week some time. I might repost this tomorrow since I’ve posted it so late tonight. I need as much good thoughts as I can get.

    Best, Joan

    Surgery is scheduled for some time after 2:15 on Monday, the day after tomorrow. Takes an age after getting there for all the preparation and as you all no doubt know the place back there is freezing and between the normal nervousness and frigid temperature, I shiver the entire time. I keep asking for more blankets which come out of the warming cupboards and feel glorious — for a little while. By the time I came out of the CTstan yesterday, I was heaped over by five of those thin blankets, looking like a pile of laundry on the way to the wash tubs. And I was still shivering.

    • October 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      “I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me” Isaiah 54:14
      “I have the peace of God that passes all understanding” Philippians 4:19
      “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

        October 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm


      • 4 EDP4BHO
        October 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm

        Thanking you Mary, as I add my name here in praying for Joan. These words are so true, and Joan, take heart as you go under and are renewed with healing. I know about panic attacks, I understand, but learning to just let them be is a great help, especially when you know you are okay. God bless you.

    • October 15, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      I need one of those blanket warmers for my own personal use. Mah kittehs would love it tooooo.

    • 6 Chi
      October 16, 2011 at 5:26 am

      Oh dear Joan,

      May God bless, protect and heal you completely…

      May the angels surround and hold you in a warm and healing embrace…

      And may the ultimate surgeon/anesthesiologist work His miracles on you…

      It is well dear friend…

      Lots and lots of hugs and kisses and prayers…



    • October 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      thoughts and warm wishes for a peaceful and successful surgery henceforth same for your recovery [warm hug]

    • 8 Hachikō
      October 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Thinking of you, sweet Joan. Get better and return to us soon.

  2. 9 CTGirl
    October 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Joan, I am adding you to my prayer list and will trust that your surgery will go well and will be much better than your previous 2…this is my prayer. God bless! Look forward to you being back amongst us (the TOD family).

  3. 10 GGail
    October 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Dear Joan, I know what you mean by freezing in the Pre-Op Room. If you can, take your ipod with your favorite music or readings with you to listen to in the Pre-Op room. The desk nurse will take good care of it until you are in your room and they will deliver it back to you. I’m sending you calm thoughts and mighty prayers that your anxiousness will be minimum. Take deep breaths my blog friend and we look forward to seeing your post next week.

    Be blessed!

  4. 11 gcwp1
    October 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Joan

    I went through something simiilar with my surgery last year. We tracked my adverse reaction down to “Scopolamine Poisoning.” I worked with the anesthesiologist for my second surgery, and we avoided it.

    I wish you all the best. If you want to talk, get my email from Chipsticks….gc

  5. 12 Fred
    October 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Joan.I am sending you prayers and best wishes.Have a good and safe surgery and speedy recovery and hope to see you here very soon

  6. 13 relellit
    October 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Get well Joan you will be in my thoughts . I am looking forward to your posts after a return from a speedy recovery .

  7. 14 Sue in Minnesota
    October 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I’ll be with you girl. holding vigil, in thoughts and prayers. Be not afraid, you will get through this.

  8. 15 ChristiMtl
    October 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I will be thinking of you, I wish you a speedy recovery Joan, take good care of yourself.

  9. October 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    With all of the strong blessings coming from those of family, friends and your TOD comrades you have a protective armor of love and peace surrounding you. In such a divinely inspired garden of healing all negativity is crushed along with that pesky kidney stone. Bam! It’s gone and resplendent greens and blues and rainbows fill the space expanding outward into a glorious light that is your world.

    Be well soon and stay well, Joan.

  10. 18 jacquelineoboomer
    October 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Joan – Keep your spirits up, and hurry up and bring your spirit back to your TOD family! Luv ya!

  11. 19 JER
    October 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    A sunbeam to warm you,
    A moonbeam to charm you,
    A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.
    ~Irish Blessing

  12. 20 a4alice
    October 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Joan – I’ll keep you in my thoughts. Rest easy friend and hope you feel fit as a fiddle in no time flat! 🙂

  13. October 15, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    All the candles in my house are lit for you Joan!

    What time Monday, so we can think of you, and send you all our awesome Mojo??

  14. 22 P
    October 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Joan, I wish you all the best on Monday. I will be praying for you and your family. Keep hope alive and you will get through this difficult time. Love, love and more love coming from P.

  15. 23 MTmarilyn
    October 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I will call those on my prayer chain to add your name. We will all be with you!

  16. October 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Hang in there, Joan. When you are faced with fear, think of our dear President who has to surmount mountains of hatred and does so with grace and dignity. Fear? We don’t need no stinkin’ fear. You will do so fine, my dear. Blessings of peace. Breathe.

  17. 25 Bobfr
    October 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Will be keeping you in my thoughts, Joan, and wish you a successful, calm procedure and rapid recovery.

  18. 26 sheinfrance
    October 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Good luck Joan sending you love and healing thoughts xxx

  19. 27 Mary Gray
    October 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Joan, Ask for a warmed blanket in pre-op, bet they have them.

  20. 28 Andogriff
    October 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Joan, thinking of you, wishing you all the best for a perfect surgery, and speedy recovery!

  21. October 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Joan, we’re all going to be lifting you up in prayer and positive thoughts. Think of a lot of people holding your hands and pulling for you. God bless.

  22. October 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Best wishes, Joan, for a successful procedure.

  23. 31 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    October 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Joan. I’ll be sending out prayers for healing and serenity to you. The good thoughts of your TOD family will be surrounding you as you go into surgery.

  24. 32 utaustinliberal
    October 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Hey Joan. I’ll be sending positive thoughts your way. You’ll be filled with love, warmth, courage, and strength. You will pull through successfully. Take care my friend.

  25. 33 halo
    October 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Our thoughts are with you Joan!!

  26. October 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Joan, If I can just get you to focus on the words of God, that says, that he didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of a sound mind. God says that he will NEVER Leave or forsake you. Yes, you CAN do all things through Christ, who strengthens you. These are God’s words, not mine. Joan, Believe, Trust, Lean and Depend on God to walk you through this, step by step. Believe, Believe, Believe God. Lord Jesus, I’m praying for Joan right now, In Jesus name, Lord Jesus, I pray that you will give Joan what she needs, and Lord I pray that you will give Joan your peace as she goes through this procedure, Amen 🙂

  27. 35 HZ
    October 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Hello Joan, I will light a candle in my music room for you on Monday. Just remember you have so many wonderful thoughts and prayers coming your way. I will ask that beautiful, very kind, and gentle spirits of great professionals will surround you throughout your surgery.

    Be calm and listen to some of your favorite music, if you can, before you go into surgery. I will make sure to have some music on in my music room while your candle is burning. Remember that you have a beautiful TOD family here thinking of you, and most of all our spirits of good thoughts, graceful prayers will be spoken for you.

    Get well and know that we are sending Big Hugs to you now. Love you Joan.HZ

  28. 36 Joy (Barbados)
    October 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Hello Joan,

    As you can see I am no where near you. But I do feel like I am a part of this family. Please relax, try not to think about it (yes I know that is easier said than done). I will have you in my thoughts. Be good and get your rest once the procedure is over.

  29. 37 donna dem 4 obama
    October 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Joan may you be blessed with peace and comfort and a successful surgery with NO after effects. I will keep you in prayer today, tomorrow and Monday.

  30. October 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Blessings to and for you Joan. Will say a prayer that all goes well.

  31. 39 LunarSea
    October 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Have no doubt you will come through this just fine, Joan. Just keep your eyes on the prize; relief from pain and a return to normal living.

    Many blessings to you

  32. 40 hopefruit2
    October 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    All the best to you Joan!. Wishing you a successful surgery and speedy .

  33. October 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Dearest Joan
    May the Lord bless you and keep you from panic and fear. May He envelope you in his love and healing powers. Asking this in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

    Joan, wishing you all the best for your operation. As someone who suffers panic attacks I can empathize with your concern. Please know that you are in our prayers and in the prayers of my family who often read this blog. My son will remember you on his tree of prayer in the prayer garden at his school tomorrow. You are very much in our hearts and thoughts. Love you!

  34. 42 Obama Grandmama
    October 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Joan, I am praying for a successful surgery for you.

  35. 43 globalcitizenlinda
    October 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Joan, I am keeping you in my thoughts and praying that all goes well for you!

    I hope you are able to get through this without experiencing the panic attack.

    I additionally hope that the issue of kidney stones is addressed and you come through with a very good health.

    May blessings come your way at this difficult time and may your family and friends remain healthy and steadyfast as they help you too

  36. October 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Keeping you in my prayers.

    God’s Blessings.

  37. 45 meabloom
    October 15, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Get well soon Joan.
    May God dispatch his angels all around and about you and his presence rest upon you.
    God Bless.

  38. 46 anniebella
    October 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Joan, May the good Lord surround you with his love. I will be thinking of you.

  39. 47 L3
    October 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Joan, wishing you the best today and always and blessings to you and your surgeon.

  40. 48 DoNoHarm
    October 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Your hasty recovery is our prayer. See you soon.

  41. 49 bonkers
    October 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    All my positive and healing thoughts are coming your way, Joan. Your family, The Obamas, and all TODers need you. You’re going to beat this thing, I just know it!

  42. October 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Joan, thank you for letting us know the approximate time of your surgery, as this means we here can make a concentrated effort to ‘surround’ you with prayers and wishes, and virtual love at that time. Think of us thinking of you and know that our earnest prayer/wish is for you to come through this with flying colours and with no residual anxiety. May God bless, protect, and grant you his peace leading up to the surgery AND beyond!

  43. October 15, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Be well Joan and know that we’re all here for you. {hugs}

  44. 52 Tulips
    October 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    get well soon Joan, My prayers are with you.

  45. 53 dotster3
    October 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Sending my positive thoughts also. I sympathize with your fears, but I have a feeling all will go well. Take care and keep us posted.

  46. 54 Roberta in MN
    October 15, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Sending you much prayers and joy that all will go as planned and that you will come through this with a rainbow of flying colors and that your family and tge TOD’ers will be all praying for you. Hugs and warm wishes for a speedy recovery.

  47. October 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm


    you are in my prayers. I hope all goes well.

  48. October 15, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Wishing you the best. Insist on talking to the anestheologist and figure out with him what worked out for you before or whta he can do lessen the post procedure panic attack. They have more meds atheir fingertips than what they know to do with. However some of them are very expensive and ceratin private hospitals are not interested in using them.

  49. October 15, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Peaceful thoughts are with you, Joan. Please let us know which time zone you are living in so we may all send our healing energies at the same time.

  50. October 16, 2011 at 3:13 am

    A deep breath to bring in all the healing feelings that are coming your way. A warm feeling as our hugs surround you. This bump in your journey will be over soon–and we will all be here waiting for you–God bless

  51. 59 Mae who love our CIC
    October 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    May your heart and mind be filled with God’s peace. May he give you strength and healing, and may He comfort you in your distress. Guide the surgeon’s hand and may your surgery allow you to be made whole. This in Jesus name.

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