Wednesday, February 19, 2014

one week to surgery

One week from now I should be done with the surgery to fix my Spasmodic Dysphonia which I have had since 1973. My Boston Med Center Botox MD is planning to be there to observe and I am delighted to have Dr. Grillone there. About mid jan I finally heard that insurance should pay and was given a pre op appointment with Dr Berke Monday Feb 24 with surgery the next day. He has done 350 plus of these ops with good success rate so I remain hopeful though it is scary.

Will check into Tiverton house Sunday afternoon with Ruth to be ready for Monday two blocks away on the UCLA campus. Should be two Nights in Ronald Regan Hospital, then back to Tiverton or visiting with new friends who have had the surgery. Home hopefully March 5 if all goes as planned and Dr Burke approves. Thanks for all your interest and support!!!

Google slad-r surgery or Dr Burke if interested.


  1. That is great news about the insurance!! Sending positive energy and healing prayers.....keep us updated on your recovery!! Dr Grillone is wonderful ##

  2. How wonderful Dick! I'm here, but I'm in your corner rooting for you!
    You have waited patiently so long. I am so happy for you. I know
    it is all a little scary, but, as you would say to anyone else I know..
    God is in your corner..and holding you in the palm of his hand. Your
    faith and incredible spirit will endure. I will be watching and sending my
    good energy your way! I will keep updated! C.

  3. I've been thinking of you and trust that all will be well...scary...exciting...but I'm looking forward to the transformation in your voice!

  4. Wishing you well & will have you in my thoughts & prayers

  5. Wishing you all the best! I met you at the Boston SD group last Spring. Dr. Grillone is also my doctor so that is exciting he will be there to observe!!! Keep us updated!

  6. We have been remembering you and keep you in our prayers, Dick. Thank you for this background. It has been a long journey. Much love to you and Ruth this Tuesday.

  7. Prayers and support to both of you! You 2 are awesome! Will bring you up in prayer time with Rev. Gayle Murphy at Northwood Congregational UCC!! Posted your blog on SD Facebook page.

  8. thanks so much from here in La and ready!