The good news for the day was that I nabbed two pelts in the 80 Meter QRP Fox hunt this evening. Both Drew K9CW and Andy K1RA were worked without much difficulty - a testament to their fine ears and equipment and aerials.
The not so great news for the day is that I will be having the parathyroid surgery sometime after the New Year. A visit to the surgeon pretty much confirmed that. I have to have two more tests done - a bone density scan and a thyroid ultrasound. After that, a date for surgery will be scheduled. Recovery time will be about a week to ten days at home, followed by no heavy lifting at work (no more than 10 pounds) for a month after that.
It seems it either comes down to surgery now; or an enhanced possibility of more kidney stones and osteoporosis in the future. Since I don't want to be bogged down by a broken hip when I'm in my 80s, the choice seems fairly logical.
On the bright side, I was explained that the procedure should take no longer than a half hour or so. A local anesthetic and sedation is all that will be required; and I will be home the same day. Doesn't sound too bad right now; but I'm sure the night before, I probably won't get much sleep!
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!