Monday, February 4, 2008

Good News - Bad News!

I have "good news" and "bad news". The "good news" is I'm going to live; the "bad news" is I'm going to live.

I have gone undercover as a quality control inspector for several local emergency rooms and a hospital. I can tell you how many black dots are contained in a single ceiling tile in at least two emergency rooms as well as who has the best looking male nurses. (They still can't get an I.V. in me, but the scenery is nice.)

The pain has been very difficult, as has temporarily losing my eyesight and respiratory involvement. Finally couldn't take it any longer and let them give me drugs. Drugs make everything difficult. You're still in pain, you just can't verbalize the level of pain, so they give you more drugs. I love the question, "On a scale of 1 - 10 how bad is your pain?" How can you believe anything someone already on drugs tells you? I think I said 42 on several occasions.

I just don't understand how drugs could ever be called recreational. Not my idea of fun. I asked my doctor if next time we could fore go the hospitalization and drugs and just send me to the beach with a frosty Margarita.

I am home and may be down for the next two weeks or so. I'm getting up a little every day and wanted to blog immediately and thank you all for your cards and emails. (My husband reads them to me - refuses to blog for me though!) You are a wonderful group of extremely supportive people and I have missed you all.

I owe you so many personal answers and I hope you understand that it will take me some time to play catch up. I am one tough old broad, so don't worry about me. I will be swinging the mighty blogging sword again soon.

Now, just a few observations. I would like to thank the writers for striking just when I've had to stay in bed with a television as my companion. I thought I could catch up on my soaps, but they are all using flash backs that are sixteen years old - approximately the last time I watched a soap.

The new movie advertised most often is "The Bucket." A movie about two guys doing all the things they have ever wanted to do before they kick the bucket. A really inspiring movie to help you get back on your feet, reminding you that you too may be kicking the bucket.

I can tell you the number of minutes in each hour of television devoted to commercials, as well as how many of those commercials deal with food.

I am a firm believer in signs from God. So, Janice (Cow Hampshire), when I opened my eyes in one of my emergency visits and the name tag on the doctor read "Webster" I knew I was going to live. I tried to crack a dictionary joke, but he had heard them all.

I was much more ill than I thought, thank heaven they don't let you have a mirror. I know I was really ill because yesterday my husband made me update my will. I was resistant until I looked in that mirror and instead of my mother looking back at me it was my grandmother. Ugh!

You will probably see me testifying before Congress, as they've loaded me up with more steroids than all the accused baseball players combined. Another nasty drug. Although I know they are not the same type of steroids, I have to wonder why anyone would take them voluntarily. If my husband goes missing it will probably have something to do with "roid rage."

Jasia (Creative Gene), thank you for using my suggestion for the COG. It made me feel I was still a part of our community. I will blog this one, it will just be late.

Also, my love and admiration to my husband. He has had to miss a lot of work to care for me. He has shouldered the burden of doing everything (cooking, cleaning, shopping, nursing) and he has done it without complaint. He has done it when I have been so cranky I couldn't stand myself. On several occasions I've had to use my cell phone to call him in another room of the house to tell him how sorry I was that I was so impossible to live with.

And a gentle reminder. Never take your good health for granted. I know from experience you can be standing one moment and flat on your back in an emergency room the next.

I have now exceeded my time sitting up, so it's back to bed.

P.S. Please excuse the fact my tenses are all over the place, I probably spelled everything wrong and the post makes very little sense. Wait, wasn't that how I blogged before I got sick?


Blogger Lee said...

Something told me I needed to check on you today, and sure enough, there you were in my feedreader. You don't know how good it is to "see" you back, even if only briefly, and your entry sounded like music to me.

Continue to take good care of yourself!


February 4, 2008 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Becky Wiseman said...

fM - It is so nice to know that you are out of the hospital and hopefully on the road to recovery. It takes time, but with lots of "good thoughts" helping you along, maybe it won't take quite so long. Just don't over-do it and please continue to do what needs to be done so you can get better.

February 4, 2008 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

I'm happy to that you're feeling well enough to say hello! You've had a long miserable road. Hopefully you'll get to enjoy that Margarita soon ;-)

February 4, 2008 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger Randy Seaver said...

Dear fM,

sounds like you've been there and back ... I'm glad that you are "back" and hope that your strength, good humor and tenses return quickly.

My Angel Linda has bronchitis, and perhaps pneumnia - we went to the doc today and she is in bed, and has been for 4 days. I'm playing nurse too (it's not a role I relish).

Take good care - and enjoy the Carnival entries, and check out Bill West's parade when it comes marching by on Wednesday or Thursday.

February 4, 2008 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Lori Thornton said...

Get well quickly. I can sympathize with you about the tv selection these days. I probably get about 100 channels on cable, and I can't tell you how many times there is nothing that catches my attention. I usually end up watching Food Network or HGTV if there's nothing else there--even if it's a rerun I've seen.

February 4, 2008 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Janice said...


You have been in my thoughts and prayers, and I am so happy to see your post. I'm pleased that Doc Webster took good care of you, and yes I've heard all the dictionary jokes out there too.

Thankfully I see that the hospital staff didn't remove your funny bone. My personal thanks to your husband for his tender loving care, and for taking the time to read my comment to you. If you are up for a good laugh, visit "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" on my blog and watch the video.

If there is anything I, or the other genea-bloggers can do, let us know.


February 4, 2008 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Miriam Robbins said...

Well, fM, I have to tell you that you gave me a very good scare. I am glad to see that you are back, if only briefly. Take care of yourself and let others take care of you. Your fellow genea-bloggers aren't going anywhere, and we still all think about you daily, so know you are in our thoughts and prayers. It's so good to hear from you again, and we look forward to the time when you can blog along with us daily!

February 4, 2008 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Jasia said...

I'm so sorry you've had such a difficult time of things fM. We've all missed you terribly. Here's hoping you'll be feeling good as new in no time. Your choice of topic for the COG was a terrific one... the most articles submitted ever! You've been with us in spirit all along and you will continue to be. Get well soon!

February 4, 2008 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Bill West said...

Welcome back, ftM!

Just keep on getting better and catch up with the blogs when you can! You're right, your health is important to you and to your family.
Take care of it first.


February 4, 2008 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Lidian said...

Hope you are feeling better very soon. I look forward to catching up with your blog!

February 5, 2008 at 6:11 AM  
Blogger Terry Thornton said...

WELCOME, welcome, WELCOME back! It is so good to see you posting again. Please take care and continue your progress so that we may all enjoy your fine company.

Terry Thornton
Fulton, Mississippi

February 5, 2008 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger Craig Manson said...

It's great to hear from you again! You know, in the olden days, "humour" and "health" meant the same thing--by that definition, you're doing great! Thanks for letting us know you're at home and resting. Above all, take care of yourself first.

February 5, 2008 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Chery Kinnick said...

Dear Maven,

I've been checking your blog regularly, and was so excited to see your words today. I feel like leaping around in 360s just like my dog! We've all missed you so much. Can you still have that marguerita even if you don't go to the beach? Sounds like you deserve one... or several hundred.

February 5, 2008 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


So glad the first one to say hello is the woman who "gets me."

I have really missed my home in the Blogesphere.


February 5, 2008 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thank you so for the email.

I don't think it was life threatening, my husband argues that point, but it has been life altering.

For once I am not going to be stubborn and do as I'm told.


February 5, 2008 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Nikki - Notes of Life said...

Hello, I'm glad to read you're on the mend. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery, but don't forget to make the most of somebody running around after you... it doesn't happen too often! :D Take care.

February 5, 2008 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thank you so for the note. I really would love to have that margarita, but my doctor frowns every time I mention it.



I'm saying prayers for your "Linda." My husband certainly can understand your newly acquired (in sickness and in health) role.

Let us know how she is doing.



I've seen every episode of "Ace of Cakes" three times and I always think I need my cholesterol checked after absorbing "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."

I may never watch TV again. If it weren't for the Canadian "Who Do You Think You Are" I would be joining Brittany Spears.



Knew you'd understand the Webster mention. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

I'm off to enjoy another Janice Brown Production certain you are far more entertaining than anything on TV.



Soooo good to see that pretty face. It seems I gave my husband a good scare as well.

I have received requests from several of my doctors not to blog about them. Can you believe that?
They gave me fodder for a whole pipeline of posts.

Missed you.



Can't wait to read the COG. The success of the COG is down to you Baby. I so appreciated you using my suggestion and for mentioning me. I can't tell you how good it made me feel.

Thank you for your card and thoughts and prayers.

Can't wait to really be back.



Good to hear from you. My husband is trying to hook my lap top to the internet from my bed.

Hope it works, I'd really like to see a parade marching past the foot of my bed.

I feel a little like Sleeping Beauty (minus the Beauty part, my grandmother wasn't really a handsome woman). So much has happened while in my drugged sleep.

While I won't be in the parade I will stand along the route and wave.



Thank you for your note and joining the COG.

I love, love, love your blog. We have so much in common. I hope everyone takes a moment to look around when they visit you for the COG. You are a real gem.



Thank you for the absolutely beautiful card and for giving me a position of prominence at "Your Dinner With An Ancestor."

I love the idea of listening in on the tales your family will tell.



Thank you for checking in and love the photo!

A sense of humor is necessary when you're ill. Glad you get my humor, I've had to explain it to several doctors. Some of them were missing a funny bone.


Mountain Girl:

I hope you've explained to our fellow GeneaBloggers that your life hasn't been easy lately either.

If any of you have been watching the news you know that Washington has seen more snow than it has for the last fifty years. They've had to close Interstate-90.

Well, Chery lives at the pass. How did you get in and out and is the snow higher than your roof?

I have been worried about you - Writer Friend. Glad to hear from you and hope it won't be long before we hit the local Starbucks.



A woman after my own heart, milk it for all it's worth.

I would, but my poor husband went out to get the mail and slipped on black ice falling down the front steps. His left arm and hip are cut and purple. Thought I was going to have to call 911 from my bed.

Life! Glad to hear from you, can't wait to catch up on your beautiful blog.


February 5, 2008 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Susan K said...

fM-- Glad to see you again in these parts. You've all my best wishes for a continued, on-going trend to get better-er and better. I'm glad that you're well enough to get your sense of humor back.

It's a tough job doing hospital QA. So sorry you had to (in)volunteer for it. However, given the writers strike and all that, maybe they can feature you on that TV show about people who do dirty jobs!

February 6, 2008 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


You always make me laugh. Thanks for the good wishes.

I like that dirty jobs TV show idea. Doesn't he come in and do the job for you? So he could take the shots, I.V.s, and blood draws?



February 6, 2008 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

fM: I'm so glad to see you back! Every chance I've had at work I'd check your blog to see if you were better yet, and check others' blogs for any updates. I was getting worried!

I'd love to meet all the genea-bloggers in person, but I certainly wouldn't want to do it unless you could join us. You even make me laugh when you're sick! Now, you concentrate on getting better, so we can read more of you!

February 7, 2008 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Lori Thornton said...

Congratulations! You are now the proud recipient of a Terry-inspired limerick!

We're happy the Maven is back
And sharing her footnoting knack
For while she was gone
We felt so alone
And all of us started to slack!

February 11, 2008 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Thank you so much for the Terry-inspired limerick and very well done.

Although with the amount of reading I'm having to do to catch up, none of you were slackers.


February 11, 2008 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger DearMYRTLE said...

Thanks fM for taking the time, just as you are getting back on your feet, to talk on the phone with Ol' Myrt here about a vexing situation.

Your wisdom and insight always prove invaluable.

As you can see, your admirers are many, and their well-wishes genuine.

Or perhaps better stated:

Your admirers are genuine and their well-wishes many.

Either way -- we love you!

February 12, 2008 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


You know how I feel about you, and the Pacific Northwest is just not the same without you.

I am there for you whenever you need me. And honored to help.

Loved you sentiment, either way.


February 13, 2008 at 9:13 AM  

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