Tuesday, July 14, 2015


*Note: I just realized this is my 1,000th post!

I haven't posted anything about the craziness going on here, which began on June 30th when The Ronald had total knee-replacement surgery on his right knee. He came home two days later and has been doing amazingly well ever since.....which is exactly the way I envisioned he would.

Mercy Hospital St. Louis

The hardest part for me has been keeping track of all his medications. I made a chart listing them all, what they were for, and at what times he needed to take them. Some were once a day, others were every 12 hours, others were twice a day...but with meals, etc., etc.

And along with those chores as The Ronald's caretaker, Vern was a bit more "needy" in the early stages of Ron being back home, too. There were strange, new things around the house: a walker, an exercise contraption, a large bandage on daddy's knee, etc.

Things were settling down pretty well when just a week after Ron's surgery, I became aware of some major tooth pain in one of my back molars. Long story short, I had to have oral surgery because it was cracked, couldn't be saved, and wasn't a "typical" tooth-pulling. I came home looking like a chipmunk with a huge bruise. Still today, I have a smaller, multi-colored bruise on my right jaw, but no swelling.

Vern looking at me when I first came home as if he's thinking...
"Who IS that? It can't be Mom!"
After he looked at me in the above photo, I kept talking to him and calling him by name,
 and he wouldn't even look back at me!
 (Besides the swollen cheek and huge bruise,
I still had gauze in my mouth and didn't sound like myself, either!)

This was taken on Friday, I think.

So, I've been trying to catch up on "normal" household chores such as laundry (but we have also acquired a bit of a plumbing problem,) so things are piling up....so to speak! (The plumber is supposed to be here later this afternoon.)
I'd like to leave a final thought from my friend, the brilliant Robert Brault. This is from his book, The Second Collection: Thoughts and Other Writings. It is currently unavailable, but his first book can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Round-Up-Usual-Subjects-Everything/dp/1499593783/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436850854&sr=8-1&keywords=robert+brault&pebp=1436850934412&perid=1GBZTDDRX8A0BQ30EHWJ

"Some mornings you wake up to the smell of the coffee, and some mornings you wake up to the smell of the halibut from last night's supper." - Robert Brault


  1. Your poor face.
    I am glad to hear that you are on the improve.
    I hope everyone (and the plumbing) makes a complete and speedy recovery.

  2. Oh dear! It is good, though, to hear you are both on the mend.


  3. So sorry to hear your troubles, Becky. But I counted three major issues so maybe that is it since things come in threes! I hope the plumber is it, and your luck will change!

  4. I hope both you and Ron are feeling much better. Stay inside where it's cool (the heat is brutal, isn't it?) and rest. Give Vern a few ear scratches from me.

    Critter Alley

  5. Oh Becky. Hope the halibut goes away FAST and things stabilize once again. So sorry to hear of all the challenges. Bless you both. Susan

  6. That's a great quote. So true. My husband had knee replacement on both knees. I know it's a hazzle to keep up with meds, and to have to do everything around the house. I also had oral surgery last summer. That's no fun either. But things will get better gradually. You have the greatest gift to respond to the challenges - a great sense of humor. Take care.

  7. I am so glad you two are on the mend! Sounds like you have had some adventures. Thanks for stopping by to say hello; thanks also for the birthday greeting. It made me smile. Sending hugs and smiles your way!


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