Day +696: You say it’s your birthday…It’s my birthday, too – yeah…

“They say it’s your birthday
We’re gonna have a good time
I’m glad it’s your birthday
Happy birthday to you.

“Yes we’re going to a party party
Yes we’re going to a party party
Yes we’re going to a party party.

“I would like you to dance–Birthday
Take a cha-cha-cha-chance-Birthday
I would like you to dance–Birthday

10/26/12: My birthday got off to a great start with my tech, Lashawna, dancing me around the room and singing to me at 2 a.m. when she came to take my vitals. The doctors and students team followed at 6:30 a.m. They loved my costume and sang a round of Happy Birthday. My gift from them is that I’ll most likely be going home today.

Will add to post as day progresses :-).

12:45 pm – I have a student nurse assigned just to me today. We entertained her with Weird Al videos, including Like a Surgeon, Living with a Hernia, I’m Fat, Perform this Way, Another Tattoo, and Party in the CIA, all essential components for a young nurse in training.

We roamed the halls, Bride of Frankenstein wig in place, and enjoyed the smiles as well as the puzzled, pitying, or downright peculiar looks.

Rumor has it that my discharge papers are ready but I need to wait to see the doctor about the drainage tubes.

I’m about to have a milkshake for lunch. I tried scrambled eggs for breakfast but they were too dry. I decided that on my birthday I shouldn’t have to fight to eat and opted for the easy lunch.

We’ll post later if/when we’re home…

Home again…

3:00 pm – I was discharged after lunch – the cafeteria sent me home with a birthday cake! We left the hospital by 2 pm and made it home within the hour. I’m already settled into my favorite chair, ready for my afternoon nap. Once more, life is good. I ended up keeping all 4 drains – fine by me! I’d prefer to have them all removed at once when I return for my checkup on Tuesday.

8:00 pm – I’m so happy to be here. My surgeon called a little while ago to see how I am and was surprised that I answered the phone myself. After visits, delightfully ghastly gifts, singing, and ice cream cake from family and with my kitties and my love by my side, life is indeed beautiful.


“…Tradition, Tradition…
…Tradition, Tradition…”

Happy birthday Mausi, Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Mausi, Happy birthday to you!


Of course I’m very anxious for us to go home today – Karen has always been very excited over her birthday, and ’bout 28 years ago, I started the “birthday present a day” between our anniversary and her birthday. Some years it was very challenging to come up with ideas to cover the period. However, Karen loves Halloween and now there is Amazon! Very early on in our marriage she was in the hospital for gall bladder surgery and I got her a little statue of a goblin sitting on a throne of skulls – at that point I thought it a little ghastly to bring it to the hospital – ah, but not anymore!

Happy Birthday Mausi!


p.s. from Karen – Ha, I remember so well the raised eyebrows of the hospital staff as I giggled gleefully over the skull goblin with strains of Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) singing “Losing My Religion” on the radio in the background. It must have been number one that week because they kept playing it over and over. Of course that predated personalized iPod playlists by a long time!


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope to see you later today 🙂
    “Sneaky Snake” was Tom T. Hall, loved that song.

  2. Birthday, by the Beatles! I didn’t have to Google it, either! Happy Birthday, Karen. I think going home is the best birthday present ever!

  3. Yay!! Home is fabulous. Happy Birthday many times over. Love u

  4. A Good Morning Happy birthday.
    Hoping you liked the card I picked out for you today.
    You are going home, that is a wonderful birthday present.
    Enjoy and have many, many more.
    Jan & the kitties

  5. Happy Birthday!

  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you are able to have an enjoyable, pain free day!

  7. Happy Birthday Karen
    Discharge papers and a cake for your birthday, the hospital staff sure knows how to celebrate and so do you!
    Wishing you a calm few days inside while Sandy makes a fuss outside.
    Be well and be safe.

  8. Happy Birthday!

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