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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 11 Jul 10 - 05:54 PM

One more time to kick this thread over 50 for easier access to the latest posts.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 11 Jul 10 - 06:20 PM

dear god... that has to devastating for Tom


hugs to you both... and a hope a reasonable resolution comes to Tom.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: SINSULL
Date: 11 Jul 10 - 07:29 PM

Tom,
I sprained my foot and toe almost two months ago and still have a swollen toe and days when I can not wear a shoe. Ice helps. Elevation. Aspirin.
This getting old is a bitch.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 12 Jul 10 - 09:52 AM

Sinsull--
but consider the alternative. It's better to be over the hill than under the hill.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: wysiwyg
Date: 12 Jul 10 - 09:55 AM

(((Linn)))

Keep going, RetroGirl!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 12 Jul 10 - 07:20 PM

Had to take my car to the garage to track down something that kept me from getting an inspection sticker, but instead of having Tom take me to work afterwards, I came home and went to sleep.

Woke up way too early this morning and hadn't slept well after getting Tom back on his feet last night. He took a tumble (said more like his wooden office chair at the table slipped out from under him) while shutting off the lights to come upstairs to bed. THERE'S the good news -- he's sleeping in bed now instead of in the living room downstairs. He wasn't hurt at all but getting him up with his foot problem was tricky.

I think part of my problem is that I have been on constant alert for the past six months when we're home together -- he can't call for help if he falls or gets in trouble, so I have to be listening constantly, even if I'm not conscious of doing it. The night before (he was sleeping downstairs and I was upstairs with the fan on) when he found himself on the floor, he used the "wheeee" whistle to call me.

And, of course, the heat and humidity hasn't been helping either of us.

Both times today when I slept, I was awakened by the phone. It hadn't occurred to me to turn off the ringer of the upstairs phone. Sigh.

Tom DID go to Urgent Care today and was checked out again and got a different Rx. But basically he was told to be patient.

He's got an appointment with Dr. Z on Wednesday -- probably we'll take a cab to and from the train station instead of the T. Not only less walking, but fewer stairs and non-working escalators.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Jul 10 - 08:20 AM

He's come to the conclusion that, while it could be overcompensation, his left foot problems may be a recurrence of a problem he's had before. He says his RIGHT foot, the sprained one, is doing a lot better.

The "crisis" that just interrupted me twice from this post, though, was over a container for the salad that I take to work. Sigh. His "distress" noises over something comparatively insignificant are louder and more insistent than when he's in actual trouble. Problem is, I can't tell until I get up, leave what I'm doing, and go see what the matter is...

Sorry...the day is barely beginning and I'm tired. Pick up my car, go to the dentist, go to work from noon til 8.

Boston and Dr. Z tomorrow.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: SINSULL
Date: 13 Jul 10 - 08:36 AM

So sorry, Linn. This weather has me feeling miserable. Add to it a sore foot and a cranky disposition and...
Tom should have a whistle with him at all times and a cell phone in case you're not home.
At least the train and the doctor's office will be air conditioned on Wednesday.
Any chance we will see you two for the song circle on the 7th? Dan will do a mini-concert at Deborah and Tom's. Tom is cooking - that alone is worth the drive. Beds available at my house.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 13 Jul 10 - 08:49 AM

He's spending the day in the chair with his feet up, hoping that helps. Portable phone (that no longer takes messages for some reason). Listening to NHPR.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 14 Jul 10 - 05:49 PM

Happy Bastille Day! The train to Boston this morning was crowded with Francophones...mostly very loud and whiney children (who probably should have been bottle fed some robust burgundy...).

Anyway, good news on several fronts. A) of all, Tom survived passing through North Station, one of the more handicapped inhospitable places in New England, twice.

And B) of all, Tom was scoped by a doctor with the best hand yet at doing it, and Dr. Zeitels found no evidence that the area he was watching (adjacent to where he removed the cancer) is doing anything.

So...now he will review Tom's CT scan of last month and plan (ahead of our August appointment) how best to get Tom some more volume. He has several options including the belly fat injection to build up the area where the right vocal cord used to be, but that one would involve general anesthesia and, for the time being at least (because of Tom's pulmonary problems), local anesthesia options may be better.

Again, we'll know more in a month. Welcome to Waiting 101.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: gnu
Date: 14 Jul 10 - 06:06 PM

But, any progress is good. Still thinking of youse both.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 14 Jul 10 - 08:17 PM

T-shirt seen at North Station, Boston -- "I'm Having A Nice Day -- Don't Screw It Up!"

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: gnu
Date: 14 Jul 10 - 09:15 PM

Heheheee... I LIKE it!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 Jul 10 - 10:16 PM

Better is more better.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Jul 10 - 05:11 AM

good news


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: SINSULL
Date: 15 Jul 10 - 08:13 AM

Waiting...my favorite thing. AARRGGHHHHH!
But at least there was some good news there. How is the foot?
M


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Hollowfox
Date: 15 Jul 10 - 12:53 PM

I love hearing good news! Good thoughts, prayers, and $#@!-reduction candles continuing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 15 Jul 10 - 09:25 PM

More like "How's the FEET?", Mary. It's his right that was sprained. Then the left started in cuz it was feeling left out...or from overcompensation. (Like tromping around with two canes is a choice!) He's not been getting much relief via pain meds and he survived yesterday, but North Station is NOT handicapped friendly. The train was, I think, longer than usual. The handicapped seats at the front of the car were taken when we boarded. We had to walk much further from debarking the train into North Station. Then we had to walk across the station, out the door, a substantial distance to Causeway Street and then another block or so to the taxi stand. And then reverse that coming back (only into North Station -- I went to buy the tickets, but then back up a bit further than the taxi stand on Causeway Street to get the 3 p.m. C&J bus to Durham).

Not only was he wiped by the time we got home, but I was certainly exhausted and my feet hurt, plus the strain on my knees and feet keeping him from toppling over a couple times. ARGHHHHHHH! (Getting old is a bitch.)

Sigh. And that's another thing. I'M the one who has had knee problems for more years than I care to think about. Bone-on-bone in both knees. How dare he elbow in on my domain! He's got enough causes for sympathy! Geeze, let ME have something! Ach! (Plus he's refused my advice which, if he'd followed it, he wouldn't have fallen in the first place!)

The thing I love about Tom is he's the perfect patient. He never complains, he never whines, he never asks for anything to be done for him or for any help...yeah, right. Ach! He's a MAN (which means a lower pain threshold, among other things). He's damned lucky I love him so much or I would have would have murdered him long ago and buried him in the cellar. (You guys can't see the look on my face -- I'm very, VERY much joking.)

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jul 10 - 11:41 PM

Not really a guest. Tinker sans cookie. el joe clone

Lynn, sending cyber vintage of fine quality wine to a woman of amazing grace .....


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 08:14 AM

Ah, but Guest, that WAS a cyber vintage whine...;-)

Since this last wrangle with the medicos is not life threatening, I'm indulging myself a bit.

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: SINSULL
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 09:06 AM

We knew you were joking, Linn. With all that property you would never bury him in the basement. LOL Poor Tom.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Tinker
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 10:28 PM

Whoops that guest was me on a child's laptop....

I figured you were entitled to a bit of the real thing, but I couldn't transport it in real time....


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: kendall
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 04:07 AM

Hey Bat, was it you who fell over a pot in your own kitchen a while back?

Keep the good news coming.

My dear Daughter in law brought me a tee shirt that says, I'M GRUMPY, DON'T MAKE IT WORSE.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 09:35 AM

Good shirt, Kendall!

Reminds me of the card my mother gave my father one anniversary -- "Happy anniversary to my husband. Some wives try to change their husbands. I wouldn't do that; I love you just the way you are..."
Then on the inside, "Just don't get any worse."

Now, honestly, doesn't Tom have enough health problems of his very own? Does he HAVE to muscle in (yeah, pun probably intended) on mine? I #@%@ing OWN knees!!! My left one's been screwed up since I was four years old and slipped on a piece of lettuce at a Kohl's grocery store! That's fifty-seven years, fer-pete's-sake! Doesn't that give me SOME rights?!? And my right one (the formerly "good" knee) has been messed up for 8 or 9 years since I tripped on a box at the foot of the bed (oh, yeah -- don't somebody tell me this was a precursor to the lobster cooking pot incident) and came down hard on it. That sucker swull right up and hurt like the dickens. No longer my "good" knee. Blew that right out of the water.

I sound like a folkish rhythm section walking down the stairs in the morning. (Bones, spoons, bodhran...snap, crackle and pop -- ouch!)

I do 100 leg lifts every morning to keep the muscles on the side of the knees strengthened so neither will crumple under me -- AND I'm on my feet most of the day at work and have to run (speed walk, actually) halfway across Sears to photocopy prescriptions many times during the day. Tom has adamantly refused to even consider doing leg lifts. Says his jeans are too heavy. Gimme a break! Ya know, he really needs to do more exercise than squeezing his concertina!

Ach!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 11:19 AM

Oh, and Kendall, it's not MY kitchen -- Tom does most of the cooking. (I think he put that damned pot on the floor instead of back up on top of the fridge where it belonged.)

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: kendall
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 12:29 PM

I also have a bad knee most of the time, but when I lost all that weight it didn't bother me at all. Problem is, I can't stay down there at 164 lbs. My natural weight is 180.


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 08:14 PM

Just got a call from Tom -- he locked his keys in his car. AAA is coming to bail him out (he says that's more efficient than me coming from Nottingham with the key).

AFGO, I think.

New experience for Tom.

Glad I don't have to drive to Portsmouth, though. Felt decidedly "under the weather" (literally -- I think it's the heat and humidity) all day, slept most of the afternoon. Still not feeling great, but I hope tomorrow is better as I have a longer Sunday than usual at work.

Ach!
Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: kendall
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 04:49 PM

I've had a good day, went to look at a 1924 Model T Ford, then went on a tour with the old car nuts, had coffee with my 88 year old friend, cured the stalling problem in my 60 year old Dodge, and talked to Jacqui. (Saved the best for last)


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Charley Noble
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 05:11 PM

I like to hear about good days! Maybe we should start another thread.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Ebbie
Date: 24 Jul 10 - 07:48 PM

This is for Tom:

Greg, one of Juneau's city bus drivers, told me that he met you at a music thing in Portsmouth recently. He said that you play the concertina really well - he sounded envious. And he said that you asked whether you knew me- it blows my mind how small this world is.

So, HI!


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Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon: Waiting 101
From: Ebbie
Date: 25 Jul 10 - 07:40 PM

Refresh


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