Yes, goodbye forever, Larry! I had a parotidectomey. It’s a salivary gland.
As I arrived at the surgical hospital (it’s all Penn Med now) I realized it is the nation’s first hospital founded in 1751, where my grandmother did her residency about 70 years ago. She later ran the medical center in the college in my hometown. Miss her everyday, but feeling that connection made me feel comforted and like she was there a little bit.