I'll be MIA for awhile as I go into the hospital tomorrow morning to get sliced open. So long as they remove the right parts and return those that I need, I expect to be back in action fairly quickly. Somehow I can't imagine ripping the muscle away from my bones, cutting a herniated disk, replacing with bone from a donor, and holding this little model together with a metal plate, will be too comforting. It would appear I finally get to test out a morphine drip afterwards though! Apparently the surgery leaves you in severe pain when swallowing for awhile and they counter that with the good stuff! I just hope I'm flying high enough to forget I'm there though because I'm definitely staying overnight. I'm scared of the surgery and especially the anesthesia, and afraid to be stuck in there overnight. I doub't they'll bring me McDonald's and not so sure I'll be able to eat anything other than through a straw for a couple of days. I also doubt they'll let me smoke in my room. For the money they charge I should at least be able to be comfortable! Surgery starts at noon, hopefully by 2pm I'll be back on this earth, otherwise, it's been nice knowing all of you!