Day +698: But the only question with me now is “Do I creep you out?”

10/28/12: A quiet Sunday afternoon, all tucked in and ready for the approaching Frankenstorm, thanks to some great help from Susanne, John, and Joseph this morning, clearing the driveway and deck and putting away deck furniture. Help from both of our families has made all of this so much easier.

I’m still taking pain meds around the clock but am doing well and eating better all the time. The thicker bean and pea soups go down easily in normal sized bites, as do cake and ice cream :-). This may not sound like much but, believe me, it’s a big step forward from taking hours to finish a single cup of clear broth in small sips last week.

The four drains in my neck are uncomfortable but not unbearable. I don’t think I mentioned that my incisions are closed with glue instead of staples or stitches – lots more comfortable and should produce less scarring, too!

It occurred to me belatedly that some of the photos I’ve posted might be too creepy for our viewing public with the tubes sticking out from my neck and the dangling containers of multi-colored fluids. If so, sorry! As usual, I was so selfishly preoccupied with the more interesting mechanical and biological aspects of the setup that I didn’t even think about how it looks to others. Come November, I promise to resume posting more civilized snaps minus tubes and with my “nice” wigs.

Michael is stuck with the twice daily chore of “stripping” the drains. This entails applying steady pressure the full length of each tube (without pulling on the part attached to my neck) to purge the tube of clots and fluids. He then has to empty the containers into separate cups to measure quantity and note any suspicious cloudiness or color. It sounds awful, I know, but he’s doing a great job and never complains a bit! By the time I’ve finished all of my medical treatments for MDS and SCC, he’ll be fully qualified for a new profession in case he tires of being a government guy.

I’ve been doing my physical therapy exercises twice daily and can already see a little improvement in my left arm strength.

Time to catch up on some tag lines:
Day +688: It Only Hurts for a Little While, Ames Brothers/also covered by Skeeter Davis (IDed by Linda, Guy)
Day +689: Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix (IDed by Debbie)
Day +692: Getting Better, The Beatles (IDed by Leslie)
Day +693: Leavin’ on a Jet Plane, John Denver/covered by many others including Mamas & Papas, Peter, Paul & Mary, Ben Affleck (IDed by Robb, Dana, Leslie)
Day +693: Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, Cher (IDed by Dana)
Day +694: Star Trekkin’, The Firm (IDed by Mike and Cindy)
……….Sneaky Snake, Tom T. Hall (IDed by Susanne)
……….It’s All About the Pentiums, Weird Al Yankovic – parody of It’s All About the Benjamins by Puff Daddy (IDed by Mike)
……….I’ll Sue Ya, Weird Al Yankovic
Day +695: Handle with Care, Travelling Wilburys
Day +695: Wake Me Up, Wham – George Michael
Day +696: Birthday, The Beatles (IDed by Leslie)
……….Tradition, from Fiddler on the Roof
……….Happy Birthday to You, traditional ©Warner Chappell

We’ve really enjoyed your participation this week, particularly the well timed “Ben Afffleck” reference from Leslie and the John Denver irony from Robb. The added commentaries are icing on the cake. Keep those IDs coming!


  1. Glad to help out. 🙂 I think the first time I heard that song was when Ben
    Affleck sang it on “Armageddon”.

    Do I creep you out? Weird Al.

    Hooray for glue. Sad for Michael having to clean the drains out. Blech!

  2. Mike Kienenberger

    Yeah, after the years of attempting to not superglue my fingers together, the medical profession has finally caught up with the rest of us.

    When we took David in for a cut above his eyes back when he was little, they used superglue rather than stitches. We’ve been using it at home ever since 🙂

  3. Nurse Michael to the emergency room, paging nurse Michael! Thanks for taking such good care of our girl. If you ever get tired of working for the gov’t, I’m sure you could become an np with just a class or two…

  4. You don’t creep me out at all. Your honesty and openness is a powerful magnet. Guy

  5. And now you get to do those wonderful things without lights! I’m left in the dark, Literally!

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