Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sunday evening, my doctor told me to take an extra dose of antibiotic, and come see him in the morning.

Mostly i didn't sleep, but i was at his office at 7:45am.  My left hand looked scratched and bit but not too bad.  The right was swollen more, but he wasn't excessively concerned.  Yet.

He wanted me to get a splint, so i went to the medical device place where i discovered two things.  One, my insurance is no good there unless specific doctors have prescribed the device, and two, what my doc wanted, to keep the hand totally immobile, has to be custom made, which takes up to a week.

Instead i rigged a wrist wrap with a piece of stiff plastic, and immobilized my hand myself.  Nothing like not having time and money to do it the hard way to get you to think of a perfectly good easy way.

After being immobile for hours, as i napped or kept it elevated, it was swelling more.  Back to the doctor at around 3pm, and he took one look and said, "Hospital."

So i begged for one hour to pack and get back, which he was able to give me.  After all, admissions is open until 5pm, after that you have to go to the ER and sit around for 6 hours to get admitted.  A whirlwind trip home and i was back in under and hour.  The orders for admission hadn't even quite come through yet.

Sweetie had picked up Bigger Girl from work and dropped her at the hospital to see what room i would be in and get the car, which she will need.  Meanwhile, he has solo performances in the final rehearsal for Wednesday's big to do at church, so i told him to get his rump up there.  Better to have him up there singing his heart out on stage than sitting around the hospital bored.

Admissions was a hoot.  The nice person who walked me to my room thought i was a comedian, but i told her that my jokes and a few bucks will still only get you a cup of coffee.  She loved that, too.

Sunday night, on top of everything else, Ol' Bessy, my aging, ailing laptop, had decided she wouldn't get online without an ethernet cable directly into the router.  So it was with trepidation Monday that i brought her to the hospital with me. 

When i plugged her in, i didn't expect much, but she fired right up and connected with the hospital wifi with no trouble.  It's A Miracle!

Meanwhile, too everyone who asked, from physician assistant to nurse assistant to nurse to lab tech to doctor, i used the line that i decided to move a cat that didn't want to move and it won.  Seems i'm getting rave reviews upstairs, too.

The nurses are fabulous.  When i told the first one i was vegetarian, she pushed the doc to get me on the vegetarian regimen.  So dinner actually had a few things that i could eat, which was nice.  Then Bigger Girl brought me some real food from the salad bar at the health store, which was nicer.

The kids, as far as i can tell, are pulling together to keep kittens fed and stuff going at the house.  When i left, Little Girl was folding clothes.

Miss W was called and she will bring extra formula powder so the kids won't run out.  They know that it is very possible i will miss my shift cleaning the shelter on Friday.

But i am up here, bag and baggage, with my hand still swelling worse, with IV antibiotics doing what they are supposed to do.  The rest is up to the Good Lord.

Thibodeaux's son had become a doctor, so when Boudreaux decided he needed a new doctor, he decided his best friend's son was just the one.  So he went in and Dr. Thibodeaux examined him thoroughly.

Then Boudreaux axed, "So, what you tink, Doc?  Am i gone live to be 100?"

And Dr. Thibodeaux he say, "Now Boudreaux, you don' smoke, right?"  "Das right," Boudreaux answered.

"And you don' drink none either?" the doctor continued.  "Mais, no, i don' need none dat stuff!" Boudreaux replied.

"You not into fas' cars and loose wimmen and carousing, are you?" Dr. Thibodeaux went on.  "Now, you done knowed me since you was a bebe, Dr. Thibodeaux!  You know i don' go messin' aroun' on my Clothile, and the only car I ever done loved is my 1949 truck!"

"Well, den." the doc finally said, "wha' for you wan' to live to be 100?"

Today is

Birthday of José Gervasio Artigas / "Never Again" Day -- Uruguay

Butterfly Day -- an ecard holiday; if you know someone who loves butterflies, send an ecard, let them know you are thinking of them

Day of the Independent Hungary -- Hungary

Festival for Minerva -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of arts, crafts, skill, war, and intelligence)

Festival of the Coming Ice Age -- can't find out anything about this one, but it sounds hilarious

Garfield the Cat Day (his birthday)

Iroquois Green Bean Ceremony -- Iroquois Native Americans (thanks for the bean harvest; through the 22nd)

Juneteenth -- US, celebrates the news of freedom on the day it came to slaves on Galveston Island, Texas

Labour Day -- Trinidad and Tobago

National Martini Day

New Church Day -- Swedenborgian Christian

Royal Ascot -- Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire, England (through the 23rd)

Rusalka's Week begins -- Slavic Pagan Calendar (week long festival to honor the divinity of rivers)

Spooky Stories Appreciation Night -- because someone thought it would be a good night to tell a few scary tales

St. Boniface of Querfurt's Day (Patrn of Prussia)

St. Jude's Day (Patron of desperate situations, forgotten/impossilbe/lost causes, hospitals, hospital workers; Saint Petersburg, FL, US)

Tiger-Get-By's Second Birthday -- Fairy Calendar

World Sauntering Day

World Sicle Cell Day

Anniversaries Today:

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, marries Sophie Rhys-Jones, 1999

Birthdays Today:

Zoe Saldana, 1978
Mia Sara, 1967
Paula Abdul, 1962
Kathleen Turner, 1954
Phylicia Rashad, 1948
Salman Rushdie, 1947
Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane, 1942
Gena Rowlands, 1930
Louis Jourdan, 1919
Pauline Kael, 1919
Pat Buttram, 1915
Lou Gehrig, 1903
Guy Lombardo, 1902
Moe Howard, 1897
Wallis Simpson, 1896
Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834
Blaise Paschal, 1623
King James I of England and VI of Scotland, 1566

Today in History:

King Louis IX of France orders all Jews  found in public without an identifying yellow badge to be fined ten livres  of silver, 1269
The Earl of Pembroke's army defeats Bruce's Scottish army at the Battle of Methven, 1306
English colonists leave Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America, 1586
Emanuel Swedenborg reports the completion of the Second Coming of Christ in his work True Christian Religion, 1770
Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 1816
The first officially recorded, organized baseball match was played under Alexander Joy Cartwright's rules on Hoboken's Elysian Fields (Hoboken, New Jersey)with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1; Cartwright umpired, 1846
Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are finally informed of their freedom; the anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 35 other states as Juneteenth, 1865
Maximilian I of the Mexican Empire is executed by a firing squad in Querétaro, Querétaro, 1867
After all of the Southern States are formally readmitted to the United States, the Confederate States of America ceases to exist, 1870
The Herzegovinian rebellion against the Ottoman Empire begins, 1875
The first Father's Day is celebrated in Spokane, Washington, 1910
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing, in New York, 1953
Kuwait declares independence from the United Kingdom, 1961
In one of the first militant attacks by Hezbollah, David S. Dodge, president of the American University in Beirut, is kidnapped, 1982
Norway ratifies the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention of 1989, 1990
Prime ministers of several northern European nations participate in a ceremonial "laying of the first stone" at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Spitsbergen, Norway, 2006


  1. All I can say is that you're in good company:

    During her greatest moment of difficulty, St. Teresa of Avila complained to the Lord about her pain.
    “But Teresa,” the Lord answered, “that is how I treat my friends.”
    “No wonder you’ve got so few friends,” St. Teresa replied.

  2. Oh no! Hope you feel better soon!

    And love the Thibodeaux joke, made my morning!

  3. Merry, that is hilarious!

    Thanks, Crabby, and i'm glad you enjoyed the joke.

  4. Leah, somehow i missed your comment earlier, sorry.

    Thank you for the well wishes.

  5. Miss MiMi, here's hopeing you get better sooner.

  6. Still thinking of you like mad over here. I'd guessed you'd go batty in the hospital and be nursing other patients, i should know to never underestimate you and that you keep your humour and your spirits. bless you mimi, and your first worries are about all the other kitties needing to be taken care of to go forth and battle people who move them when they're unwilling. you really are the best.

  7. Oh, no!! Hugs from me, and I am glad they are accommodating your food as much as they can. I had to re read the part about Miss W, I couldn't figure out what Kitten Power was... PowDer makes a lot more sense. I am also glad you were able to get your computer to work, I haven't taken Baby Hal on the road yet... We shall see, eventually.

    I heard a slightly different ending to that joke, where the Dr. said, you might not live to 100, but you'll feel like it! I think yours is better!

    Get yourself well, soon!

  8. Thank you, John.

    DJ, you know how i go, as long as G-d is with me, i might as well laugh, and do what i can.

    Cat, thanks for the hugs, and i hope Baby Hal behaves when you do start to take him out.

  9. I laughed out loud at that last line. So true: If you ain't gonna do anything fun, why do you want to live to be a hundred?

  10. Oh poor you. I'm sending healing thoughts your way.

  11. Stephen, i'm glad you liked it.

    Thanks, Hilary.


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