To feel the greatest joy in the depths of our very soul
No two stars are alike, a midnight peaceful sky
I still recall that summer in Scotland as paradise
Welcome world, oh the joy
On February 3, 2020 I had a complete splenectomy. My symptoms began in the prior month as mild intermittent pain on my left side. I did not think much of this at first. I was very physically active with two jobs, one as an innkeeper; the other cleaning for my own private clients. In addition to regular daily exercise, it was not uncommon for me to have body aches. I was very active. Over the course of about a week, however, I began experiencing discomfort with breathing and my side pain escalated to the point of me making an emergency room visit. I was hospitalized after a dye contrast MRI found a 5 centimeter cyst on my much enlarged spleen. The normal size is that of about a human fist. Mine was twice that size and I actually felt very full across my entire abdominal area. The next couple of days in the hospital were for observation while I had a complete blood workup, as well as a bone marrow biopsy. There were no significant findings except that I was severely anemic, something that had been an issue much of my adult life. It was decided that a splenectomy would be best so I was given a series of vaccines that are necessary two weeks before the operation and sent home to rest until the procedure.