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Monday, September 26, 2011

Bum Knee Redux

By the time this post airs, I'll be under the knife. I mean it. Literally.

They're going to work on my knee (again!) and see if they can trim off some of the tears in my meniscus.

I suspect I'll be home by afternoon. But I don't know if I'll be up to being on my computer for very long. Greg, (the evil warden) will insist I stay in bed.

We'll see. I think I was bouncing off the walls within three days the last time they worked on my knee.

I've spent the last two weeks cleaning, fixing, and prepping for this day. I didn't want any loose ends hanging over my head. And I didn't want Greg to have to do anything but be my personal chauffeur.

I think I will take a few days off. But even if I don't post, I'll probably read--so make sure you post.

What's new? Anyone want to share a memorable moment the last time they paid a visit to a hospital or ER?

Despite the fact that hospital visits should be taken seriously, something funny always happens when I go. The last time, as the nurse was jotting down some final notes, Greg asked to borrow the black marker they had used to label the knee they were going to cut.

"Why," I ask.

"I want to write DNR (do not resuscitate) on your forehead."

I give him the evil eye, but the nurse pats me on the shoulder and says, "Don't worry. We never listen to spouses when they request a DNR."

"Just in case," I tell her, "You better keep an eye on your pen. Greg is sneaky."

Greg rolls his eyes, the pillar of innocence. Thankfully, I've been with him long enough to know better.

I better check his pockets to make sure he doesn't bring his own pen for this surgery.

See you when I get back!

Guess the Title Contest

We have a winner! Someone has correctly guessed the title of my next novella. I'll announce the winner on October 2nd and do the big reveal.

Stay tuned!


Rebekah James said...

Oh no! I hope it goes quickly. Knee problems seem to take forever to heal - I had my knee done two years ago. I hope you are back on your feet - or at least back up in your chair right away!

KarenG said...

Hope all goes well and you recover very soon!

Dru said...

Sending you good luck vibes and hope for a speedy recovery.

Anonymous said...

I hope all goes well with your surgery and that you're feeling better in no time!

Last time I was under was for a tonsillectomy (summer of '09). The doctor didn't ask me to count during the anesthetic like they ask most people to do...instead he asked me to name my degrees. (I have 5 associate of arts and a language certificate. haha)

Mel Corbett said...

Good luck with the surgery, I hope they fix your knee. I know knee problems can be a bummer.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you're having surgery again on that knee. Hope all goes well today. TRY to take it easy :)

Mac said...

Been there done that. Two knees, two shoulders. I feel your pain (pausing to think up another cliche).

At least the drugs are cool.

Get on your feet quickly.


Dee said...

Hugs and prayers for an easy surgery and a fix to the problem.

Cate Masters said...

Ugh! So sorry to hear it. Hope the surgery goes well and sticks this time.
Well, someone's got to be the evil warden. Glad Greg's there to do the job.
These past few years, I've visited the hospital too many times, and nothing I care to remember except the resilient spirit of my family under great pressure.

Angela Brown said...

Surgery will be a breeze (crossing fingers, toes and briefly my eyes).

Can't wait for the big reveal. And I can't wait to get that book so I can devour it.

Angelina Rain said...

Fingers and toes crossed for you. You'll do fine! Hope it's a fast recovery. *Hugs*

Carrie Butler said...

Good luck, Maria! :)

Jenny Schwartz said...

I hope by the time I'm posting this, Maria, your surgery is happily over and done. Now, all you have to do is concentrate on getting better -- I think lots of chocolate and spoiling will help with that (just saying so you can pass the suggestion on to Greg).

Hugs and good vibes :)

jackie b central texas said...

My very few hospital and ER experiences can be counted on both hands even with those that involve my Mom and my Husband. Memorable visit was one where we had an ER visit early in our marriage and the doctor put my husband in pulmonary distress and almost caused me a heart attack. Navy doctor who decided to try a iodine dye without doing a spot test first, turns out my sweetie is allergic to it and with his asthma that was not a fun experience you would want to repeat any time soon.

My last hospital stay in 2007 was memorable because they had me hooked up to a machine that kept the circulation going in my legs after surgery on my cervical spine, had to unhook that mess every time needed to use restroom!

Maria hope the pain med has not worn off yet, take Greg's care to heart and do not get out of bed too soon as you really do want the surgery to do you some good this time!

Hugs and all the best, get well quick we need some chicken adventures to laugh at.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Hope they did a good job on your knee. I had my ankle cut last January, expecting to walk out with a little limp. They found so many problems I ended up on crutches for three weeks. Not a happy hopper.

LD Masterson said...

Heal quickly.

Sarita said...

Thinking of you and sending big healing thoughts your way. I hope you're dancing soon!

Greg sounds like a hoot. And, it sounds like you have a super relationship. I am so happy for you.

Big hugs. Take good care and enjoy your down time. Read, sleep and eat ice cream. :)

Misha said...

Hope it goes well!

And if he did smuggle a pen in, may you find suitable retaliation.


Darke Conteur said...

Last time I was in the hospital was when Sithboy decided to walk over the pile of logs we had in our backyard. One rolled back and got his leg. Sprained it pretty good, and yes, I did lecture him for three days about the perils of doing stupid things.

Barbara Ann Wright said...

Good luck, Maria! See you when you get back.

Charlie said...

Hope everything went well and that you re recovery quickly. I've been very blessed to avoid major illness or injury, but I've spent more time than I care to think about in hospitals over the last five years. I know how unpleasant a hospital stay can be, so I always do my best to visit frinds when they are there.

Mike Keyton said...

Something to inspire you, Maria,

Maria Zannini said...

Thanks, everyone. Surgery went well, but the recovery has much to be desired.

Let's just say today is the first day I could hold my head up and keep food down.

Hope everyone is well. Thinking of you guys.

Marianne Arkins said...

Hang in there! Hopefully this will help your knee in a huge way.

Madeleine said...

OMGosh I hope the op went well. Best wishes for a speedy convalescence.

I once waited as a student for the SLt to come to her office which was situated by a womens' geriatric ward. One woman was screeching blue murder, another was wailing "Oh oh why have you brought me here? I want to go home" while a third shouted "Miserable Bast*!ds!"
I was just about to grab my bag and run when the porter came out and said: She's right you know and the speech therapist arrived to let me into the office.

Claudia Del Balso said...

Good luck with your surgery and I hope you get a speedy recovery!
I bet the pups will keep you company ;) Is your hubby taking care of you and the pups as well? Use this time to rest and catch up on your reading or writing (or both)
Take care of yourself and especially your knee.

Jennifer Shirk said...

DNR--LOL! That's pretty funny.

Hope all goes well. Will be thinking about ya!

Nadja Notariani said...

Best of luck! And...glad to hear I'm not the only one whose hospital adventures turn into a Marx Brother's film....Sheesh! ~ Nadja

Marian Perera said...

Good to hear the surgery went well! Recovery is no fun, but you seem to have done all the housework beforehand (which impresses me even more than surgical stories do). So kick back, take it easy and train the dogs to fetch things you need. :)

Nadja Notariani said...

Maria -
I have an ecclectic mixture of seven hens from a Rhode Island Red, to an Araucana, to Barred-Rocks. They're sweeties. My old dog, who passed away earlier this year, used to 'herd' them and lay beside where they pecked in the yard. My 9 month old German Shepherd is NOT such a good boy...he wants to chase and bite them. That's really a shame, as now I cannot let them out of their outdoor coop for the afternoons anymore. Hopefully he'll settle down by next spring/summer. How many chickens do you have? ~ Nadja