Day +688: It only hurts for a little while…

“That’s what they tell me, that’s what they say.”

10/18/12: It’s still extremely painful for about 15 minutes after every time I try to eat and drink but I’m managing to stay hydrated. Clear liquids are about all I can deal with. I spoke with the triage nurse at Hopkins today, and she conferred with my surgeon. They said that it’s not uncommon for the pain to start to get better and then worsen again when the nerves reknit. I should feel better again in another few days, just in time for my next surgery. No signs of any complications. When I’m not eating or drinking, I don’t feel too bad.

Michael returned to work for a few days since I’m fine on my own now. Did I mention he gives me a gift every day between our anniversary and my birthday? It’s wonderful being born in October because I get lots of fun Halloween themed presents. Last night we watched the film Dark Shadows, a remake of the old 60s TV vampire soap directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter. It was okay although not one of Burton’s best. He could have done a lot more but from the interviews I watched afterwards, it was apparent they all had a great time making the movie. One of the reasons I like watching films on disc is seeing the interesting behind the scenes interviews and “making of” features that you miss in the theater or with download services like Netflix.

That’s it for now…I see a nap on my horizon. A beautiful fall day here.

Tag Line Update
Day +665: Waiting, Jack Johnson (IDed by Thomas)
Day +671: Arkansas Traveler, Michele Shocked
Day +676: Headlong, Queen
Day +681: Brain Dead, Pink Floyd (IDed by Thomas, Dana)
……. Helpless, Neil Young
Day +681-682: Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Elton John
…… Note: “Tuesday” was a reference from the ER TV show but Mike’s song guess of On Tuesday by Men Without Hats was very appropriate!!
Day +682: Everything’s Alright from Jesus Christ Superstar (IDed by Dave, Dana)
Day +683: Ode to Billie Joe, Bobbie Gentry (IDed by Guy)
……. I Want More, Chumbawamba
Day +684: Sunday Morning Coming Down, Kris Kristofferson/also covered by Johnny Cash (IDed by Guy)
Day +685: I’m Not in Love, 10cc (IDed by Guy)
Day +685: Back Home Again, John Denver
Day +687: Take Your Pain Away, The Eurythmics (IDed by Leslie)

Addendum from Michael on the “Tuesday” reference: Karen watched the entire 15 seasons of ER from the time she was originally diagnosed with MDS. One instance I found a little surrealistic was sitting “gowned up” in the University of Maryland isolation ward where she was being treated for pneumonia and watching ER. The thing that struck a chord with us is in the “making of ER” featurette, it was noted that when a patient enters the Emergency Room it is often the most important day of their life, whereas to the staff it is “Tuesday” – another patient, just another day at work. Hence, to Karen and I, it is a reference to the whole medical and support team doing their best each day and, like all of us, some days are better than others.


  1. I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Sounds so yucky. Michael is definitely a keeper though; Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday!

    xx jenny

  2. Good Afternoon Karen;
    Sorry you are still in pain, yet anoter surgery coming up.?? 🙁
    So very sorry for what you are going through.
    Know I said a prayer for you todsy and praying it will be answered.
    Do rest and try to have the best day that you can have.

  3. Oh my goodness. My age is showing. It only hurts Ames Brothers.

    This too will pass as mom used to say. Love you much, Linda

  4. I miss our movie nights. I thought Dark Shadows was fairly mediocre as well… of course I fell asleep while watching it 😉 I guess you don’t miss my snoring through movies, eh?

  5. It Only Hurts for a Little While – Skeeter Davis. I didn’t know Skeeter Davis sang any other song besides The End of the World. Keep fighting, Karen. You inspire us all. Keep fighting, Michael. You’ve redefined heroism for me.

  6. I suppose you, Karen & Michael, have seen this, but I read it every day and think of you and my friend Jim.


    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll.
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

    William Ernest Henley

  7. Hi Guy,

    Thank you for the morale boost! However, before my head inflates to the point where my ears scrape the door frame when going in or out – here is my favorite movie “Hero” quote:

    Crapgame: “Hey, Oddball, this is your moment of glory. And you’re chickening out!”
    Oddball: “To a New Yorker like you, a Hero is some type of weird sandwich, not some nut who takes on three Tigers.”


  8. Happy Birthday and Happy recent Anniversary! I know it is uncomfortable to celebrate right now because of everything going on but brighter days will come. You are both in my prayers and thioughts.


  9. How sweet re the gifts! What a great guy!

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