The title for today’s post comes from a sign I saw yesterday on an examining table at the Mayo Clinic.
Yesterday, I was clean and ready to use the knowledge and advice of Dr. Carol Warnes, the expert on unusual hearts like mine.
This morning, after using a special anti-bacterial soap, I am clean and ready for my open heart surgery today.
My boyfriend Michael, who took the photo above, is clean and ready for guest blog appearances here.
After I had my cardiac catherization yesterday, which showed that my arteries are clean and ready for today’s surgery, I met the amazing Dr. Joseph Dearani, the Mayo heart surgeon who will be replacing my leaky valve with a clean and ready to use mechanical one. When I was ready to share with Dr. Dearani my knowledge that he plays jazz saxophone, Dr. Dearani was ready to answer my question, “Who is your favorite jazz sax player?” I was clean amazed that he named my favorite saxophone player — the late, great Michael Brecker. I asked Dr. Dearani if he would play Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny music in the operating room during my surgery, and he was cleanly ready to do that.
Are you clean and ready for my other photos from yesterday?
That last photo shows the clean and ready waiting room near admissions, where I’ll check in today at 5:30 AM, after this post is clean and ready to publish.
Are you clean and ready for using a tune with Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny playing clean and beautiful musical lines?
I am clean and ready to join Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny in expressing that readily beautiful sentiment: “Every day I thank you.”
I’m sending waves of good wishes and calm to you and your surgeons and nurses from the other side of the Atlantic.