Sunday, 31 March 2013

I'm outa there!

Well the mean night nurse did not kill us and I got home got home to Karen's no problem.

Please pray for my nephew Rick's wife Erin. She just had a baby on Wednesday and is back in hospital with blood clots in her lungs, kidneys, and bladder as well as kidney stones. They will do an MRI tomorrow and hopefully know how they can help her at that point. Rick in the children are doing well it's just a very difficult time.

Baby Bethany Melinda:

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Night shift

Well today I was pretty much signed out, papers signed and everything, eminent escape from hospital announced on Facebook when the surgeon changed his mind at the last minute and asked me to stay for another night. To be fair I'd played my best please release me from the hospital moves on the young residents - dress in street clothes and look all ready and able to leave at any juncture. Tell them the other resident was considering it (true enough) etc

So anyway the surgeon changed his mind and I'm stuck here for another night with nurses that are essentially on holiday/party mode and resentful that they are not REALLY on a long weekend. Oops nope I guessed wrong that was LAST night. Just met the night nurse and she's a nervous militant eastern European woman with the sense of humor of exactly zero who is delaying my pain meds that I worked really hard to need and who took great pleasure in needing to unplug my iPod. The exact opposite of my lovely middle eastern European neighbors back home.

It's gonna be a really really long night.

Also she just tell my neighbor in the next bed that he doesn't need to hold himself "there" because its "not very relaxing" for him. He told her he needs to take a dump and she didn't seem to catch his drift. Hoping the smell doesn't drift over here.

Yeah long night.

I did have some great visitors today!

Its only 12 hours tomorrow is another day.

Friday, 29 March 2013


I was right. I hit a brick wall of pain, should get better soon, and should be able to go home tomorrow or Sunday. Have to wait and see.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

A new knee has landed!

Hey every one my surgery went really well! I'm just a little pukey but that's normal. Tomorrow the true pain will hit but we have a plan for that.

surgeon told ML that I'll likely be on hospital 4-5 days. We'll see.

No obligation but here is my address.

University hospital London
339 Windermere rd

Room number
Turn left off elevator
Walk in front of nurses station
Turn right and then it's
2nd door

I can get calls but not make them

Ext 36941


Monday, 25 March 2013


If a picture paints a thousand words what this one tells is love,

Of babies rocked through feverish nights prayers softly sent above.

Words fail at times like this to say how much Mom will be missed,

The hurts and knees and so much more she mended with a kiss.

Our mothers earthly riches lay not in land or gold,

Life's work for her was better spent young hearts to love and mould.

Thanks Melinda, Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, Bama, Mrs. Martin…

Your love lives on in each of us.

Love Me

Sunday, 24 March 2013


Might just be too tired to blink.

I made this about 8 years ago one of the many times I thought mom was dying. It was the first of many I made.

A few hours before she died mom held my brothers hand for about half an hour.

Saturday, 23 March 2013


Mom went to better place today. I have all the usual feelings of grief with a great big helping of relief for her. I'll be honest last night I was a little bit afraid that she wasn't going to die. That's how much I wanted her out of her misery. I guess if you haven't watch someone die in excruciatingly slow inches over 13 years that might sound harsh.

So yes in the days to come will be the tributes to a wonderful mother. But this needs to be a safe place for me to say that the first and most visceral reaction was relief.

Very busy day. I am too exhausted to go to bed but I'll make it there soon I think. Here's another beautiful collage made by Caleb:

Friday, 22 March 2013


Today we got a call that mom is not doing very well. Unless she makes a big turnaround it is only a matter of time before she leaves us. Even though she actually left us a long time ago due to Alzheimer's it is still hard.

We spent the afternoon with her and one of us will stay with her from now on.

Caleb's beautiful collage that he made after seeing her today:

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Knee minus 6

days till my surgery. I just lost my breath little bit there. It's really strange to be looking forward to something so terrible and it's been a long time coming.

It's been good to have the distraction of writing the wedding articles. I finished my sixth one today. I was writing about the website itself and I think it was the hardest one yet trying to boil everything down to 500 words.

The fun part was actually setting up an account for my turkeys. I need to know how the site works.

Took me five minutes to Photoshop the ring and about 6 hours to write the article. Not sure when they will start publishing the articles, they might wait till all 52 weeks are done. I don't know.

Harrison complained until I let him outside today. And he complained the whole time he was outside as well.