I’m a Winner!!!!!!

Though everyone would be interested in this. I got my name in the paper – the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. A columnist, Lee Benson writes a column four times a week which we almost always read. A couple weeks ago, he had a contest in which he listed 10 lines from movies. We were supposed to write him back and give him the name of the movie the lines came from. The prize was your name in the paper. Here is an excerpt from his column of Monday, Nov 19 (the day of my surgery).

Discussing movie lines begets more

Published: Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 12:21 a.m. MST

First off, my thanks to the readers who made it to the bottom of last Monday’s column regarding the Hollywood writers strike and sent in e-mails correctly identifying the movie lines in question.

What a comfort it is to be surrounded by such intelligence.

The names of the winners: Tyler Leckington, Lisa Horne, Laurie Metcalf, Rachael Sheffield, Jim Hoag, Greg Stewart, Brian Barker, Courtney Henderson, Merrily Hill, Charlotte Pratt, Theron Millar, Andy and Lisa Sipple and Doug Robinson.

The correct answers: “What we have here is a failure to communicate” — “Cool Hand Luke.” “Are you talkin’ to me?” — “Taxi Driver.” “I’m as mad as h—, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” — “Network.” “You can’t handle the truth.” — “A Few Good Men.” “You’ve been ruining everybody’s lives and eating all our steak.” — “Napoleon Dynamite.” “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?” — “Dirty Harry.” “Go ahead, make my day.” — “Sudden Impact.” “Show me the money.” — “Jerry Maguire.” “Hasta la vista, baby.” — “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

So you see, your old Dad’s still got it.


Home Again

Well, as all of you know by now, I’m home. Actually, I’ve been home since Wednesday. I think the main reason they let me go was that the hospital was filled solid. At the 2 day mark, they told me I was well enough to transfer from ICU over to the regular hospital. But, there wasn’t a room available. The hospital was 100% full. Hope there wasn’t an big accident in Orem about that time. The people wouldn’t be able to go to Timanogos.

So, I stayed in the ICU until Wednesday when the doctor came in told me I could go home. So, the first day (Thanksgiving), I pretty much slept all of the time – had a nice dinner and watched TV. Today, I am feeling better and starting to get around.  I’m looking forward to going back to work on Monday, Dec 3, but we’ll see.


Surgery Tomorrow

I’ve talked to everyone, but thought I’d follow through with a brief post on the blog. What’s the point of having a blog if I don’t use it, right?

Anyway, surgery is tomorrow morning. I report to the hospital at 6:15 a.m. (ug, early). I am first on the roster so should be done by noon. This is th type of operation where they put you out, make you unconscious, so I won’t feel a thing until it’s over and then I’ll have to deal with the pain.

The doctor says the operation should take about 2 hours. He will put a 4-inch incision in my back over the 3rd, 4th, and 5th vertibrate. He will remove a syst on one of the vertibrate (hope it’s not cancercous) He will straighten out a ccouple of the vertibrate so they are lined up and he will clean the athritis away from the nerve connections.

He said I could be in the hospital 4 or 5 days and then a week or so at home before I can return to work. So, keep your fingers crossed. Pray for me if you’re so inclinded. I will have Barb call David to tell him how it went and he can pass the info on to the rest of you.

Wish me luck. Think about me tomorrow morning before noon and say a silient prayer that everything will be OK.

Jim and Dad

Douglas Cox

Just a quick note to let my loyal readers know that Barb’s brother passed away today. He was only 63 and a really great man. He has 6 kids (one boy on a mission). He died of lung cancer which was noticed about a year ago. Barb was with him (along with most of his family) at the hospital when he passed away. The funeral will probably be Monday in Orem. He will be missed.


Back in the Hospital

I saw the doctor yesterday about my back. As you know, I got a cordisone shot a month or so ago that really didn’t do anything. So, the doctor said we have three choices:

1. Another shot

2. Surgery

3. Do Nothing

He said that since the first shot didn’t do to much, another wasn’t likely to do much either. Doing nothing was really not an option. He said the condition would just get worse. So it looks like I’m going under the knife again. I’m scheduled for surgery on Nov 19.  I asked him a bunch of questions. Here are the questions and his answers:

Q: How long is the operation? A: Not long, about 1 1/2 hours.

Q: How long in the hospital? A: About 4 or 5 days.

Q: How long until I’m back to work? A: 2 weeks, max, maybe less.

Q: Is this necessary? A: Yes, it can only get worse.

Q: How intrusive is the operation? A: About a 4 inch incision in the back. He will go in and clean out about 3 vertibrate.

Q: Will I be unconscious? A: Yes

Q: What happens if I don’t do it? A: Already answered. It will get worse and I could end up paralyzed.

So, there you have it. Another chapter in the life of Jim Hoag.

Dad and Jim