Sunday, June 12, 2005

Gimme a Chip!

Today I had my first blow out- well, not really a blow out, but one of my IV's decided it was tired of being fenced in and it jumped right out of my arm. It's funny- we (the respiration therapist and I) didn't notice 'til I was pretty blood soaked. Beck's mama, Miss Phyllis, happened to be sitting there chatting with me, and it sent her scurrying out of the room.

Anyway, I feel pretty dang good- I mean, I still have a bunch of nasty incisions/holes- and a tube from my nose to my tummy, and lots and lots of tubes from neck, lungs, cooter, etc. But given all of this I can't complain too much. I'm so grateful for the bits of rest I do get, and some great nurses again. I've got 4-5 main visitors right now and am keeping it limited to that until after I'm out of ICU. It's crowded in here. In the meanwhile, I do sneak a little and check my voice mail when no one's looking.

Yesterday during the draining of my left lung I borrowed the doc's hemostats to pluck Mikey the stray chin hair from my face. I think the doctor was impressed.

Last night Becky brought the Burt's Bees sampler and gave me both hand and foot massages while I toked away on my breathing treatment. Today we had French Manicure fun, where I painted Beck and Mom's nails for them. Mine are too yucky to paint.

Well, today, June 11, is officially 30 days free of alcohol- although I must admit alcohol has been the least of the challenges I've faced over the past month! Anyway- one day at a time and all that...


Rikki said...

Well, that's *one* way to get sober, I guess. Glad to hear that you're sounding so chipper (get it -- gimme a chip...chipper-- Ha!)

pursegirl said...

GEEEZZZ lady! What an ordeal!! I am thinking of you and hoping your time in the joint goes by superfast. Have you had a nurse named Julie? She's my friend.
Try to keep your IV's in and dream of beagles running in slow motion.
Smiles and hugs,
Laurie D M

ex-wicked said...

Hemostats as tweezers.. oh thats the "Other" good use for them. Good thinkin!
Still crazy after all these years..

Travis said...

Congratulations on the 30 days, and I'm glad you're feeling better. :)


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