Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Mixed Bag

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!


  1. Good morning Larry, some more good news is the key and soldering iron are less than 10 lbs. Some radio time and project time could keep you busy while you recover.

  2. Hi Larry,

    Sorry to hear about the surgery, hope it goes well.

    All the very best,

    Tim, G4VXE

  3. Hi Larry, it sounds paradoxical, but you have something to look forward in the new year. 73 Paul