Music City Plastic Surgery - March 2019


MARCH 2019




During these post-holiday months, life slows down and people have a lot more time for personal reflection. Lately, I’ve found myself thinking back on some of the most inspirational and gripping experiences I’ve had, and I can’t help but wish I had the power of time travel. That way, I could go back and relive the most important days of my life. Let me be clear, I wouldn’t want to travel back and change anything because I’m not the type of guy who lives in regret. Rather, I’d merely like to go back and re- experience the best days I’ve spent on this planet over again. So just for this edition of the newsletter, I want you to bear with me. Let’s pretend that I’m Marty McFly from “Back to the Future.” I’d start by hopping in my DeLorean and turning the clock back to 1997. At the time, I was on the Notre Dame football team. We had traveled to Ireland for a big game, and this particular game day ended up being one of the best days of my life. Not only was I playing college football in another country, but I’d made a huge tackle to help our team win. To add to the excitement, my dad was there to witness the event, which coincidentally took place on my birthday! We sat in an Irish pub and shared a Guinness (or two) to celebrate. Several days later, when I arrived back home, I discovered that on that very same amazing day I’d played in the game, my mom had received a letter in the mail announcing my acceptance into medical school. With a day filled with such life-altering and memorable events, I can’t help but want to experience it again.

Once I’d hopped back into my DeLorean, the next place I’d stop would be 2001, a year that marks my marriage to my beautiful wife, Casey. Our wedding day was a meaningful experience for a multitude of reasons, but as anyone who has been married will tell you, your wedding day flies by at astronomical speed. We didn’t even get to have a slice of our wedding cake until the next day, while flying to Italy for our honeymoon! If you know anything about my relationship with Casey, then you know that one of our favorite shared pastimes is trying tasty new cuisines. It was for this reason we opted to fill our entire wedding weekend with delicacies like gumbo, roast beef, bread pudding, etc. Taking the opportunity to relive our wedding day would allow me to enjoy all the same fun I had the first time around, but I would take the time to slow down and truly relish how special the event was. And perhaps I’d steal a few more bites of cake! Lastly, I’d like to visit the days that my four kids were born, because each experience was unique in its own way. I’d also like to relive the day our family found out the sex of my “FOR THIS EDITION OF THE NEWSLETTER, I WANT YOU TO BEAR WITH ME. LET’S PRETEND THAT I’M MARTY MCFLY FROM ‘BACK TO THE FUTURE.”

daughter. One of our close friends was Casey’s OB-GYN, and he told us that he wouldn’t give the results of the test until we were all sitting down together. We gave him a call, put him on speakerphone, and he exclaimed, “The Burgdorf boys are going to have to learn how to pee with the seat down!” I was so overcome with joy that I teared up immediately. Upon seeing my tears, my oldest son, Parker, walked over to console me and said, “It’s okay, Dad. I’m sad too. I wanted another brother.” His reaction is especially funny now that he and his little sister have such a great relationship! As my time-traveling abilities wane and I return to present day, I’ll continue to look on the memories of these special days fondly. Maybe someday scientists will be able to figure out a way for me to actually return to them. But for now, I guess I’ll just have to continue to do what we all do: Close our eyes and embrace the nostalgia.

–Dr. Mike

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