Some of you might have noticed I've not blogged in a couple weeks. I've got a pretty good reason - was an inpatient at the University Medical Center here in Tucson for 5 days! While I can sometimes check my e-mail from my "smart" phone, I've yet to try dropping a blog post with it, and am unlikely to try!
After a trying morning, all my lines getting tangled (IV, oxygen, oxygen monitor, then the phone ringing), most of my tray went flying across the floor. My nurse Dedra, a large black woman, came into the room, immediately drew a face on a new spirometer and said "This is Melinda. I DO NOT want to see Melinda on the floor! You will keep Melinda in bed with you and you will use her and have her within reach at all times!" With the tone of a Drill Instructor, I had no excuse for her, but thought her drawing and story would be blog-worthy... Her artwork is shown at left, and at right, I'm still practicing at home.
I still have the sharp abdominal pain, perhaps some swelling, still have trouble sleeping, though up to about 5 hours now, mostly limited by chest and abdominal pain. Hopefully I'm through the worst of the recovery and these symptoms will fade as I work through the last of the antibiotics. Thanks much to my buddies Erica and Roger who filled in with errands and care when Melinda wasn't able to come by and care for me - she has new chemo drugs of her own and wasn't able to come in several days. But my buddies and other visitors kept my spirits up and got me feeling like I needed to get home and act as caregiver to Melinda too...