EDITOR’S NOTE: Cass Huff is a 13-year old special needs student at Burien’s Sylvester Middle School. She is also our newest columnist… CASSIDY'S COLUMN: Why my latest surgery was delayed... 1 by Cass Huff Hey B-Town Readers! So, on February 20th I was supposed to go in for my second to last surgery (the goal was to straighten my spine). I was feeling perfectly fine (except for some nerves), and then when we were about ten minutes away from the hospital, I started feeling really nauseous. When we got to the hospital, my family convinced me that it was just nerves and I was going to be fine. We finally got to the small room where they give you the gown. I changed, still feeling nauseous while they took my vitals. They took my blood pressure and it was fine. They took my temperature with one of those fancy over-the-head thermometers. The nurse looked confused, so I knew there was something wrong. She took it again and now had a worried look on her face. “Whoa.” My mom said looking at the thermometer result. “What?” I asked curiously. “You have a fever of 101 degrees.” The nurse replied. We tried to cool me down in any possible way. We took my temperature at least five different times. Each time, it was the same. One of my surgeons came in with a nervous look on his face. “So, you have a fever?” he said looking nervously at me. I nodded. “I’ll go get your other surgeon.” He replied. More waiting. Finally, both of my surgeons came in. Both of them went with my mom outside of the room just out of earshot so that I couldn’t hear. When they came back into the room, I knew what they were going to say. “We can’t do the surgery, it’s too risky.” One of my surgeons says. “So what do we do now?” my grandma asks. “Well, she gets changed out of her gown, and then we reschedule it.” The other surgeon replies. So reluctantly I got changed and we decided to go out to lunch (since I hadn’t eaten). Then we went home and within a couple of days my fever went down and I was feeling better. I was (and still am) really disappointed that I couldn’t have surgery because I know I’m probably going to miss out on some really cool things. But, I know something good is going to come out of this that maybe wouldn’t have happened if I had the surgery last week. So now we have the surgery scheduled for March 22nd. And I am going to some very fun events with my family towards the beginning of March (I will tell you more about them as we get closer)! Well thanks so much for reading today’s addition of Cassidy’s Column! I hope to see you next time!! Over and out! Cass]]>