Archive for December, 2007

Merry Christmas ~<:-)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 25, 2007 by tom

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the Voxiverse,
Those allergic to salmon are all cream-cheese-with-lox averse.

I've worked on that line for weeks, and I wasn't going to leave it till next year. 

I won't write much, just thanks for all the thoughts and prayers and pm's, etc.  The 2nd surgery went well.  The docs and nurses are wise and caring, and St Anthony has thoughtfully provided free wireless internet to go along with the Dilaudid.  I've only been in Vox a few months, but I've made some great friends here, and it's been my privilege.  The squiggles on the above pic are good squiggles, and we just had Christmas Dinner on ICU. (I should add, the docs and nurses had dinner.  Tom enjoyed icewater, Dilaudid, and the wafting aroma of their feast.)

Enjoy your Christmas.  And, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless us every one.

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I shalll keep Christmas in my heart, if I ever get out of St Anthony’s ICU

Posted in Uncategorized on December 24, 2007 by tom

It started with the fever, and I battled it back with NyQuil.  It broke on Tuesday, only to be replaced by something more horrible: cellulitis.  Cellulitis is a rather vile infection of the skin, and it usually responds fairly well to treatment.

Or it doesn't, and you end up having to have big parts of your carcass pared away like a Thanksgiving turkey.

So now I have the fever, and this massive infection, which not only hurts, but also requires that I take Levaquin, a drug that rivals NyQuil for intensity of coma-dreams.  Add the fever the NyQuil and the Levaquin together, and I haven't had a sane thought in the past 36 hours. 

Except when I heard the helicopters buzzing my bed.  Turns out that was actually real–they were spraying the mangroves out back. 

Late Thursday night I was walking down one of those grimy dream streets, and the devil-bitch (my ex) was berating me for something, when lo and behold Cap'n Crunch came to my defense.  He gave her a stern talking-to.  She rolled her eyes.  He drew his sword, tapped her with it, and she disappeared with an audible "pop,"

…as the poison released and the swelling in my lower body grew unbearable, and finally, I acquiesced and went to the emergency room.

"What's the matter?"
"Bad cellulitis infection; going septic.  Here's my information form.  I'm going to pass out if I don't sit down."

Lots of people in scrubs take information and fluids from me.  Other people in scrubs put pills and fluids and new information into me. 

I'm taken in to another room.  I just want the hurting to stop, the poison to flush away somehow.

In this last room it's very cold and bright and clean, and I can only see people's eyes.  They put a mask over my face, and the air gets fake fresh & flowery like a used dryer sheet.  I wake up and they've cut away lots of the bad parts, like the burnt part on toast or a charred hamburger pattie.  How do you feel? I feel better, thanks.  Are you sore? Yes, ma'am, could I get a Motrin or something? Push that button if you have pain, and it'll put stuff into that tube in your arm.  What stuff? Dilaudid.  This  button was it? And I push and I feel better, like when I click on one of those websites and give some homeless family 50 lbs of cornmeal or a pig, or a can of dog food to an animal shelter.

A sporadiic parade of people in scrubs and masks come in and introduce themselves to me, as if I can see anything to remember them by.  "Remember me? We met while you were lying in a hospital bed, tripping on Dilaudid? You had a giant open wound, and I was completely covered from head to foot in green cotton." One man comes in and gets angry looking into my giant open wound.  He points out just where the other surgeon should've carved more of the burned spot off the hamburger, more of the mold away from the cheese, more puss-oozing necrotic tissue away from my little hellpit. 

And now, they took away my Dilaudid button, because I wasn't using it enough.  I don't understand.  But I'm sore from Dr McGrumpy poking around my woundpit, so I ask Nurse Dolores to bring me a Motrin or two.  She comes back ten minutes later with two Percocets.  Docter Nice Guy doesn't want you to have any NSAIDS before tomorrow.  Tomorrow? Yeah, tomorrow at noon, remember? That's when they're taking you back up for more surgery.  Christmas Eve knocked out, carved up, then brought back here to my new home in the ICU. 

The night nurse brought me two more Percocets and a ham sandwich.  No food or drink after midnight.  There's a packet of mayo–fat free.  Tomorrow afternoon, I'll have my Dilaudid button back, but they don't want me to have regular mayo? God bless them, anyway.  My eyes are tired after watching Spiderman 2, which I enjoyed more than Carrie tonight.  Then again, she wasn't on Percocet.  The nurse took my sandwich wrapper and left me half a pitcher of water.  "I'll take that at midnight, so make sure you're all done."  After midnight, no more food or water until after…
noon, more fake fresh flowery air and cold, and more abrupt waking from a dreammless sleep.  And then more poking and prodding, just to see whether they got all the really nasty bits.  To see if I might be alive to see New Year's Day.  Melodrama sucks, but the lead surgeon told me that.  "If you'd waited even another 24 to 36 hours before you came in, you wouldn't have been saveable."

Merry Christmas from ICU.  Pulse: 69; Resp 17.  O2 Sat: 98%. BP: 118/65.  Small lighted tree: 1.  Somehow this makes me happier than anything else because my friend Bill brought it up here.  Lots of friends and family have seen my tree today.  It makes me happy, the tree and the people and the idea that hopefully someday next year or two, I will still be around to take a little plastic tree to some poor schlub friend of mine stuck in the hospital on Christmas Eve. 

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A fun holiday medley from some talented singers

Posted in Uncategorized on December 23, 2007 by tom


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An easy grin for a Friday

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2007 by tom

Somebody's curtains will pay for this.

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Top Ten Reasons We Should Lay Off Jamie-Lynn Spears for Gettin’ Knocked-Up at 16

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2007 by tom

10) Boyfriend wasn't to blame.  JLS lied about her age, saying she was 11.

9)  Didn't want to be the last one in her fourth grade class without a baby

8)  It's really part of her life-plan to become a Grandmother before 30

7)  Some of her own baby clothes are still in vogue.

6)  She tied the condom around her boyfriend's pee-pee herself, so it must've been defective.

5)  Maybe new baby will be able to explain all that science stuff in school to her.

4)  Mama and Britney make mama-ing look so easy.

3)  Thought her Pomeranian, Daisy Duke, seemed lonely.

2)  Feels far too sophisticated to sneak into Disney movies on her own now.

1)  This will show that Hannah Montana bitch who's got the real class–the one who lives with her parents, says please and thank you, goes to church every Sunday, does her own chores, gets grounded when she's bad, and is as sweet in real life as on tv, or Jamie-Lynn Spears, pregnant 16 year-old subnorm?

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A nice big holiday hug for all

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2007 by tom

May your friends and family welcome you with open paws this Holiday Season.  Or, may you have a tall gate with a big-ass lion behind it to keep people you hate away–whichever works best for you. 

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Awesome song; sad reason

Posted in Uncategorized on December 19, 2007 by tom

Last week, a friend of mine and his fiancee were on a Mexican cruise.  One night after dinner, she dropped dead of a sudden heart attack.  During my NyQuil-fueled bed-riddenness this week, I tried to come up with an appropriate song for that.  Really, there aren't any–that just sucks.  But this one comes as close as any.  It was written and sung by Neil Finn of Crowded House, at a Linda McCartney tribute concert.  He wrote it for a friend's mom who'd died.  And even though Sinead O'Connor looks like she has an earache, she harmonizes adequately.  (You probably missed her smash hit duet with Willie Nelson on Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush's "Don't Give Up.")  Great song, though.  Enjoy. (Don't worry! It's beautiful! Not depressing like the Chet Baker one!)

Neil Finn: "She Goes On"

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