Day +683: “…I’ll have another piece of Apple pie, you know it don’t seem right…”

Did I mention Karen is staying in the ICU tonight? We got home about 2PM, Karen got settled in her comfy chair, sipping on a cool bottle of southern water with which she was trying to wash down a first meal of delicious pudding. The cats were happily playing the in-out-in-out game, and I was putting stuff away from the stay, when this surrealistic setting was washed away by a few simple words: “I’m bleeding.” We quickly went through a couple of paper towels, some expletives ’cause I couldn’t find a mouse-light quickly (hard to see the back of the throat), and then an untheatrical 911 call.

The bleeding mostly subsided by the time the ambulance arrived (we were happy about that).

By 4:52 we had a secluded room in the Upper Chesapeake Hospital ER. “…Saturday night in Leeds…”; well Saturday night in the county meant a couple of heart attack cases and a steady flow of ambulance traffic. Did I mention Karen is fine…well you should have read ahead….
At 7:12 the ER doctor examined Karen and after a call to Karen’s surgeon at Johns Hopkins, she was transported via ambulance back to Johns Hopkins ICU for a night of observation.

Notes: We really liked the UCH ER doctor! Karen and I are pretty good at waiting, and you have to appreciate that the team needed to deal with the most critical first. Besides, we really didn’t want to be number 1 again.

Sleep well! ID those tag lines – at least two in here…



  1. Oh man! I hope they find the cause of this and get it fixed. You poor guys. Bless your heart. Prayers coming your way still. Love you.

  2. Karen,
    I’m really sorry to hear about all this bleeding business. I’m sure it will sort itself out, but it’s got to be a little slice of Hell in the middle. Good luck to you guys! Love the new border for the blog.

  3. My goodness Michael & Karen;
    This has got to be very tiring for you both. Thank God you have Michael.
    I pray today will be the last of the bleeding and things will just keep getting better from here on.
    Hang in the both of you. Remember 50 yrs. from now this won’t make a S–t.

  4. Just guessing:

    Brother said he recollected when he and Tom and Billie Joe
    Put a frog down my back at the Carroll County picture show
    And wasn’t I talkin’ to him after church last Sunday night
    I’ll have another piece of apple pie, you know, it don’t seem right
    I saw him at the sawmill yesterday on Choctaw Ridge
    And now you tell me Billie Joe’s jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge

  5. Correct lines – NOTE: nobody here is jumping (yet). Picked it ’cause of the mundane approach to crisis.

    Still a second song buried in the same post – much more obscure.

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