Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Monday Moanin'

We were supposed to get 1-3 inches of snow, starting around 3:00 a.m. But, when I went to pee at 3:00 a.m., nothing was happening. Same thing when I got up at 5:00 a.m. When I really woke up for good, (around 7:00 a.m.) it was lightly snowing.

I grabbed a cup of coffee and watched the morning news shows, while I did the antibiotics thing. I was rapidly filling up the trash basket I put in the living room.

I had thawed out the last half of a ham slice. So, I warmed that up and ate it with two eggs over easy and toast. I wished I had some hash browns, but I don't.

The morning passed slowly.

I got to thinking about hash browns. Could I have boiled some potatoes and then grated them? Then fried them? I dunno... What the hell are hash browns, anyway?

Sidebar: These are the kinds of things you think of when you are stuck in the house with just a cat to talk to...

I boiled a box of penne pasta for lunch and ate some with butter, salt and pepper.

Sidebar: I seriously need to get to the grocery store. I have enough in the pantry to survive, but no meat!!! I need some meat!!!

Amanda sent me a text. She was out of work and on her way to Botsford hospital. Seems her dad had a kidney stone too big to pass and was going to be operated on.

I spent the afternoon on the web (while not sleeping). I am trying to get my Dutch oven cleaned. I burned it up making the split pea soup, along with the split peas, a box of chicken broth and a whole pound of diced ham. I was pissed. I put it on the stove (after soaking all day) with dish detergent and white vinegar.

I gave it up at 8:00 p.m. and administered my antibiotic dose. I turned the stove off (I am learning) and went to watch TV.

I nodded off, again. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hospital Stay

As you may have noticed, I dropped off the Blog. Since the apparent disappearance of recent
Blog posts, I have not idea where I left off. So, I'll start with my hospital visit.

New Year's Day I was taking a shower. When I was drying off, I ripped open the scab I got from that ill-fated hayride with Amanda and Keldon back in October. Puss shot out and I thought, "Uh oh..."

So, I cleaned it up, washed it out with peroxide, painted it with Betadine and bandaged it up. I carried on with the New Year's Day festivities.

But, when I woke up on January 2nd, I found it had leaked through the bandage and was on my sheets. Annoyed, I pulled off the sheets and the blanket and washed them. I put them in the dryer and went in the bedroom. That's when I saw that the bloody puss had leaked through the sheet and got on the mattress pad. So, I threw that into the washer.

I went to take my shower and saw my leg had bright red streaks in it! I thought, "Holy shit!" I knew driving to Clinton Township would be difficult, if not impossible, so I decided to go to the Emergency Room at St. Mary's in Livonia. I figured I'd get a shot or a prescription and come back home.

However, the ER doctor said he thought I should stay overnight and get IV antibiotics. I wasn't prepared for that, but I figured the cat had water and food, so I could stay overnight. The only problem was that I didn't have a charger for the phone.

So, I asked Courtney (Mike Esper's wife) if she would post on Facebook that I was in the hospital with a dying phone. She said she thought Mike had an old charger and volunteered to bring it up to me.

So, she was there as they were checking me in. The guy said he had some questions to ask me.

Sidebar: I was in my bed when they asked my new roommate some incredibly embarrassing questions. I figured that was where this guy was going...

So, I asked if there were any questions that might embarrass Courtney. Courtney (being Courtney) said, "Like, when was the last time you had sex?" I laughed and replied in years.

Sidebar: I always think of the best lines AFTER I need them. What I should have said was, "Alone or with others?"

Anyway, the next morning, I met the Infectious Disease doctor. She looked at my leg and said it had to be opened up, a culture taken and it washed out. I said okay and she said she'd have an orthopedic surgeon do it.

BTW, they had me on three different antibiotics: Clindamycin, vancomycin and pipercillin/tazobactam.

So, the surgeon came in and ordered an ultrasound, x-rays and a cat scan. They refused to do an MRI because I couldn't tell them exactly what kind of greenfield filter I had, even though I explained I had like three MRI with my spine problems. They said it was their policy!

It went rapidly downhill from there...

I had two operations scheduled that never happened. The surgeon eventually came back and said he wasn't up to working on me. He said, "I do hips and I do knees, but I have never seen a patient as f*cked up as you!"

He said I needed to have my artificial knee cut out, and a rod put in (so my leg would be just straight) and then, if the antibiotics worked and there was enough bone left, a new knee installed. If not, they would have to amputate my leg above the knee.

He recommended a doctor at Providence hospital.

Everybody assumed they would take me by ambulance to Providence, so I was trying to figure out how to get the truck home.

However, there was some problems with getting antibiotics. Because the doctor at Providence (David Markel) wanted to see me in his office, first. So, I stayed in the hospital on Monday.

There was a timing issue on Tuesday. I needed to be there for a 7:00 p.m. antibiotic treatment, but I needed to be home between 7:00 -10:00 p.m to sign for the home antibiotics. They solved that problem by delivering the antibiotics to the hospital.

The nurse's aid wheeled me out after a sweet hug from my nurse, Janis.

Sidebar: I always fall in love with one of my nurses during a hospital stay. This time it was Janis.

It was remarkably warm outside, so the nurse's aid (I forget his name) walked out to the truck with me, carrying all my crap. He said he would wait to see if the truck would start (it had been below zero for days and he was worried about the truck's battery). But, it fired right up and I drove home on I-96.

Sidebar: Night driving with these cataracts can be a bitch (especially when there are five lights surrounding each stoplight). So, its easier to go on the expressway. I just stay in the right lane and go with the traffic.

I got home. I re-washed the mattress pad (it had been sitting, damp) for a week. The cat wouldn't let me alone (apparently, Amanda's visit, and she likes Amanda, wasn't enough) When it dried, I made up the bed and went to sleep...

Okay, so as far as visitors, I already told you Courtney was there. She came again, later. Vicky showed up twice. Once with Evy and Yanessa and then alone on last Sunday, just before she left for Ecuador. Amanda only was able to come once, but she did go to the house and give the cat a big bowl of water (thanks, kid). My daughter Melissa came early on Sunday. with a big bag of stuff (books, puzzles, coloring books with colored pencils, etc.)

My brothers all volunteered to come, but I told them that was a long drive and silly. It wasn't like I was dying.

I think that's everything about my hospital stay that I remember.

Then it was Sunday!

I woke up near 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. I did my antibiotics and then went to get some breakfast. I settled on oatmeal.

I mostly dozed throughout the day.

I had a can of Bush's Grilling beans for lunch. I need to go grocery shopping SOON.

Amanda asked if I wanted to go to a new Bingo place with her and her Mom. I reluctantly passed. No way can I stay awake for four hours.

I had a small head of cabbage in the fridge. So, I cut it into six wedges and added a box of beef broth. I brought it to a boil and then let it simmer. I made sure I didn't get too comfortable (tired of burning up good food). I ate about half of it with just salt. It was excellent!

Amanda sent me a text when she hit a bingo. All in all she won over a hundred bucks. I told her she should leave me home more often.

I did my nightly dose of antibiotics and laid down to watch TV. There was more dozing, but I finally gave up and went to bed (lights off) at 1:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Saturday's story

I did my antibiotic thing Saturday morning. I am getting better at it, except for getting the air pockets out of each syringe (I use four per application). I usually spray the damn stuff all over the floor!

Amanda called from Keldon's kung fu class, wondering if I wanted to meet them at Archie's for lunch. A chance to get out of the house? Oh, hell yeah!!!

Pulling out on San Jose was a challenge. It was a sheet of ice! It took me two tries and the second one I made it to the road, but then slid across it into the townhouse driveway.

At the restaurant, Amanda had a cup of the French onion soup. I had a bowl and Keldon ate his usual mostaccioli off the kids menu. A decent hug in the lobby and a smooch and I went home.

Back at home, I took another nap.

When I woke up, I made some split pea and ham soup. Well, I tried. I sauteed the onions and celery, added in the dried split peas and a pound of ham. I added a box of chicken broth and water to that and set the timer for 90 minutes.

I went in the living room to read and promptly fell asleep again. I woke up to the smoke detectors and found I had burned up the whole soup. Maybe I should have gone to that rehab place, lol! I burned my right hand getting the pot off the fire.

So, I ate a bologna sandwich for dinner, instead.

I ordered an edible arrangement to be delivered on Sunday to the nurse's station at fourth floor north. I may be broke, but I still have class!

I went to bed after my nightly antibiotics dose and slept until 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Gearing up for home healthcare

Jake managed to save most of my Blog posts. He said I must have deleted them, but I have not been on the computer. So, I don't know what the hell happened.

Just to catch up: Setting up for home healthcare. Last time (with my spinal) I was always rooting though the weekly box to do my antibiotics. This time, my nurse suggested putting a week's worth of prep in baggies. Brilliant!!! I also hung a calendar in the office just for doctor's visits. And taped the doctor's cards above my beloved Puerto Rico map that Vicky gave me, back in the day.

The antibiotics are in the fridge, of course.


I have no idea what the hell is going on with my computer. I have about half of my hospital stay documented. But, its not currently accessible. And about a month's worth of the Blog posts disappeared. But, I will post it when I can.

So, let's go to yesterday. I didn't do much. I am having a real problem staying awake.

I did take a shower. The nurse suggested cutting a hole in a baggie. I have tried that, along with using a bread bag.Nothing really worked. So, I wrapped my arm with cling wrap (I have a big box from GFS) and that worked.

I ate chili for lunch and made linguine with clams for dinner. I used the white wine, lemon juice and lemon zest from my Shrimp scampi that didn't happen. It gave the linguine with clams a weird flavor.

I went to bed just after my 8:00 p.m. antibiotic injection and slept through the night.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


Something very weird happened to my Blog. Almost a month or so of posts disappeared!!!

I would ask my web master to look into it, but I think he retired.

Insert bewildered face here.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year's Day

I woke up at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, New Year's Day. I grabbed a cup of coffee and finished the Blog. Then I ran through my routine. I ate oatmeal for breakfast.

Sidebar: My father always claimed that it was a German tradition to eat some kind of fish as your first meal of the New Year. It was supposed to bring good luck. But, I am not sure a tuna fish sandwich would go well with my pills...

I watched some morning TV (there was no rush today).  Finally, I shaved, showered and got dressed for town.

Then I headed out. My goal was Leda's Coney Island.

If you are not familiar with the area, Leda's is in a strip mall at Five Mile and Middle Belt. It's just west of the old Outback which is now another Los Tres Amigo's Mexican restaurant.

Sidebar: Outback moved in front of Home Depot. As far as I'm concerned Outback could have and should have moved back to Australia. I really dislike that place: Over-priced, mediocre food, poor service, etc. Unfortunately, Amanda's parents love the place, so I end up eating there at times...

Back to Leda's, I have been jonesing for their corned beef hash with two over-easy eggs on top. They actually make the corned beef hash on site. And, I don't mean they buy the corned beef and then turn it into hash. They corn the beef in the restaurant! It is, literally, to die for.

But, when I got there, it was closed!!!

Time to regroup. The focus of the trip was Home Depot and Petsmart. So, I went to Leo's Coney Island (in the Home Depot complex) instead.

The place was packed. My poor  (but really cute) waitress was overworked. Against my better judgement, I ordered a coffee (I never do that, but the wind chill was ferocious and I was freezing).

Sidebar: I decided years ago not to order coffee in a restaurant. I don't care how many refills you get, it's over-priced.

Then I ordered two eggs over easy, hash browns, link sausage and rye toast. It took forever to get to me and I had to hunt the waitress down for my bill. She apologized repeatedly, but I told her not to worry, I could see she was was pretty busy. The food was excellent, BTW. I over-tipped her. The service sucked but she deserved it.

Then I went to Home Depot. I had three items to get there. A new Swiffer WetJet (my old one finally quit on me and, no, not the batteries), more Swiffer juice and a flag. The first two were easy. But, they don't sell just a flag. So, I bought the cheapest 3' x 5' one with a lame metal flag pole.

Sidebar: My current flag is faded and ripped where its been caught on the roof.

Last, I went to Pet Smart and got this month's supply of the kitty litter pellets.

I was back in time to watch Michigan's loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. If Jake and Carla followed football, they would have been jumping up and down!

I took advantage of the cold outside to clean out my freezer. I threw away half filled bags of french fries, calamari, tater tots and assorted vegetables. I put them all outside in the trash container, knowing they won't thaw and stink this time  of year.

Then I put the rest of the beef stew in containers, labeled them and stuck them in the half empty freezer.

I had to cut about an inch of wood off the flag poll (it was chewed up) then I replaced the flag.

I am missing the Brother's Night dinner (always excellent), so decided to make Shrimp scampi with linguine I dug out my recipe and found it has been adjusted by Carla, lol! So, I am using Carla's recipe.

But, I had no lemons!!! So, I went back out in the cold for a quick trip to the little store on Beech Daly and Joy. Back home, I had a cup of coffee to warm up and settled in for more college football games.

Unfortunately, it was warm and cozy and I fell asleep! I woke up at 7:30 p.m. I decided I'd be eating way too late (and messing up my blood sugar) so I decided the shrimp scampi could wait for tomorrow and I ate a hot bologna sandwich with cheese and mayo, instead. Sigh...

My brother Carl was kind enough (or maybe mean enough) to send me a picture and the menu of the dinner I missed.

Sidebar: Mark and Anna took my spot and I couldn't have asked for better replacements!

Here's what I didn't get to eat:

Roast pork with chutney, served with sliced and baked potatoes and fresh green beans with almonds, after a delicious salad. Dessert was either cream de menthe, cream de almond or chocolate sundays with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

I read until bedtime.