I think about things like this all the time…if you had a chance to make a difference in someone’s life, however small, would you do it?
Read on…

“A short while ago, on two occasions I believe, you requested some “mojo” from your website fans, of which I happen to be one (I don’t care what others think, I liked Wesley on ST:TNG). And, upon your request, was one of the people who took a minute to “beam some mojo” your way.
Well, although you really don’t owe me squat, I would like to ask the same favor in return.
You see, my daughter, “Katie” to her friends, and “Boodlie-Face” to her daddy; don’t ask :) is having an operation tomorrow morning. Specifically, she is having a Bilateral Ureteral Reimplantation to fix her Bladder Reflux problem. She needs this done, as she has Reflux Grade 3 on the left side, and a high Grade 2 on the right. At any rate, it’s pretty bad, and without this, her kidneys are almost certain to become damaged.
Understand, this is what everyone tells me is a “routine operation”. But frankly, my mind has been awash with the most horrible scenarios. I’m told that this is normal for a father, especially for a first child. It doesn’t make me feel any better, however. My 16 month old beautiful baby girl is going under the knife, and there is f*ck-all I can do to help, and the feelings of despair and helplessness that a father feels at a time like this can be quite overwhelming.
I’m not a very religious person, although I was raised to be a good Protestant boy. I have found myself silently praying over this, though, in part to try (unsuccessfully) to ease my own mind. I have come to the conclusion, though, that *anything* done is a positive manner can help. I do have my own website, although I get absolutely nada for traffic. Some of us don’t have the name or face recognition of Uncle Willie. I don’t have 50,000 monkeys that I can draw upon to try to get the mojo working for my daughter to help her through her operation successfully. I can only ask you. Could you put a small blurb on your site, just asking your huge fanbase to send the love, the prayers, the positive energy, the white light, the mojo, the *whatever* my daughter’s way tomorrow morning?
Her operation is tomorrow morning, November 26, 2002 at 8:00 am. CST, and is supposed to last for 3 hours. It is taking place at the University of Iowa Hospital, in Iowa City, Iowa. Did I mention it’s in Iowa? It’s in Iowa. You know. Corn. Soy beans. Iowa. :)”

I have been so blessed since I opened this lame website. People have sent me warm wishes and deeply personal stories when they’ve responded to the things I’ve written. Growing up in a medical family, I have come to believe that there is no such thing as a “routine operation” when you or someone you love is the subject.
I hope that you’ll take a moment tomorrow, and spare a thought for Bob and his baby girl, who are in Iowa.
Iowa. Iowa. Iowa.
Mojo. Mojo. Mojo.

219 thoughts on “Mojo”

  1. I am a day late..but I give my best for recovery wishes! Keep us updated! I can definitely relate by being a parent with a first child.But even if it is a second or even if it is a stepchild, or a relative whomever it is…it is very hard to see someone go into surgery.But I am sure all will turn out well! God Bless..

  2. Here’s some mega-mojo to Bob and Boodlie Face from an Aussie in Toronto. Sorry, I only read about this today, so since the operation is over, then perhaps you can just save up all those positive vibes for another time when you need them.
    Take care.

  3. Very late, and noticed only after Wil is talking about more [didn’t really check the web yesterday or Monday that much :(], but … well, recovery post-op mojo to Boodlie-Face, then … and sympathy/happiness/good vibes to Bob, too. Hope all heals up well.
    Bob and Boodlie Have A Posse. :-)

  4. As a recipient of much mojo for my daughter (who has endured surgeries beyond number in her 6 short years) I am SO sorry that I didn’t read this entry until today.
    I am sending healing thoughts, white light, and many prayers toward Bob and Katie…I know the power of these good thoughts, and I have no doubt that they helped.

  5. All the best Mojo from Ireland. I have plenty to spare….
    Am glad the operation went well. She’ll be fine.

  6. Glad to hear the op went well, best wishes for a speedy recovery! 😀
    As they say, better late than never….

  7. Well, I haven’t checked on Uncle Willie’s in a few days, and I missed this…however, I am going to send some mojo for the recovery…
    Hope all is well,

  8. I just wanted to let all of you know that Katie is doing just grandly. She is home now, and her recovery is going even better than the operation.
    I simply cannot thank all of you enough, other than to say, “Thank you.”
    – Bob Roth, WWDN fan

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