Tuesday, March 15, 2011

With friends like these, I shoulda been a nurse

Let's see now ...

My friend John had a setback and wound up back in the hospital. After two months off work, battling an infection, he returned to the office on Valentine's Day. Now, a mere month later, he is once again too weak for a 40-hour workweek and is back to half days.

My former admin, Amy, is in the hospital as we speak. She had surgery on her bowels and when she leaves the hospital, she will need a colostomy bag. I feel bad because she's so young for this (45). But she's had gut trouble for as long as I've known her. If this procedure alleviates that, after decades, it may be a blessing.

My oldest friend is still very loopy. She's recovering from wrist/elbow surgery four days ago. She told me her ankles have swollen and that it might be a reaction to the pain meds, or maybe kidney failure. She's going to the doctor tomorrow. If I seem nonchalant about this development, it's only because she's being very devil may care about it herself. Mostly she wanted to talk about a Three Stooges DVD she received as a "get well" gift.

My Aunt Jo had her gall bladder removed a couple weeks ago. Her recovery was proceeding according to plan until she overdid it at WalMart. She was so happy to be out and about, grocery shopping, that hurt herself while pushing her cart and is back in bed (though it's a bed in her home, not a hospital).


I keep trying to find the pony in all this. I have concluded that it's this: at least none of my loved ones are in Japan.


  1. She had surgery on her bowels and when she leaves the hospital, she will need a colostomy bag.

    My aunt had a similar surgery before Christmas, she's going for a second surgery to get off the bag this week. I'm worried, she, like my dad, have a decadency to have a very rough time at the hospital. For the first surgery, she was in the hospital for two months or so.

    Not trying to scare you though-she has a lot of other health issues that caused her extended hospital stay...and she's also in her 70's.

  2. Wow, this makes me very thankful for my health.

  3. I hope your Aunt Jo is doing better. That is not such a "simple operation"...I know whereof I speak. I hope she is taking it easy now.
    Oy is right!


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