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Wednesday, February 16

Look quick! She's lucid!

Hey, sports fans! As usual, I'm heavily medicated so I'm unsure as to what will come rolling out of my mouth (or fingertips, I should say.) And my fingertips are all cracked and bleeding again- reaction to all the meds? Maybe, but they hurt like big dogs, and have put a serious damper on doing things like typing, texting, buttoning buttons, and all that other mundane things you use your fingers for. 

Anyway- I am back at home again. They cut me loose yesterday after pulling the chest tube. Remember how I was getting my panties in a wad over the ventilator thing? When I woke up from the surgery (which only took about an hour), I wasn't even ON a vent. Apparently, after about an hour in the recovery room, my poor little abused, flooded, twice-drained, and newly powdered lung was inflating on its own and they pulled the tube before I even woke up. How's THAT for shits and giggles? Unreal. 

So now I'm perched on my very own cushy bed (minus the awesome little raise-the-head feature like in the hospital) and updating y'all. I'm pretty sore, having been punctured by chest tubes 3 times in a week, but I'm HERE. I did develop some edema in my feets and legs, and am wearing some TED hose to the knee. My legs now look like Brunhilde the shot-putter's legs. No offense to Brunhilde or shot-putters, but my legs are one of my best features. (like modesty). 

One of my new meds is LASIX. A pretty powerful diuretic (?) that has me up scrambling for the new commode that sits so attractively next to my bed. By the new oxygen pump. I almost feel like I could open up my own durable medical equipment store with all the new stuff I have. I'm waaaaaay whacked out with Methadone, dilaudid, still on bladder meds, now diuretics, stuff to eat, sleep, shit, you name it- I've got it. 

I am one lucky girl and there is definitely someone way up there looking out for me. Him, plus my family, friends, blogger buds, FB buds, neighbors, and about another 10,000 people known and unknown to me. I am a BELIEVER in the power of positive thought, prayer and love. Thank you all so much for pulling me (once again) out of the pit and holding me up. I love you all so much.


  1. I found your blog only recently, but nevertheless I've thought about you often since your last post and was hoping that things went well. In addition the positive thinking, prayers, and love, your wonderful sense of humor has simply got to have healing powers.

  2. Once again, your indomitable spirit comes through. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  3. Glad to see that you broke out of the joint again. Hope you are having good days. Love you!

  4. yahoo!! what a smile to see your post. Rest of course -but so treasure your wit and updates !

  5. You are an amazing person. You are in my thoughts.

  6. You're back at it and just as spicy as ever! I love it. Thanks for the morning laughs. Continuing to think of you and your family and praying for lots more sunrises and happy days for you all! XO

  7. I am so happy you are home and able to post. Been there every day, praying. You are such a strong woman, so strong, so admired. Big hug

  8. So glad to see your post! I am thinking of you often! Please keep us updated as often as possible! HUGS!

  9. Good to see you update and to see you are home. Question? Don't they give lasix to horses? I remember the last time we went to the track they noted whether or not the horses were on it. I never knew what it did - thanks for filling us in.
    Anyway hugs going out to you.

  10. All I can say is I love you as always, and admire your strength. You have always been there to pull me from my own hell pits and I send all my prayers and love to hopefully help pull you out. Feels like you have a huge tug-a-war team on your side. See you soon honey

  11. hooo!! good for you!

    Dee's question rather startled me! once your poor fingers are better, do explain about Lasix... ;)

  12. We love you back, hard and strong. ((((((((((((((((((((YOU))))))))))))))))))) LOVE LOVE LOVE THAT YOU'RE BACK HOME and NOT ON A VENT!! YES!!!!

  13. Oh, sweetheart, I'm so sorry to hear of your troubles. I've just had my first lung-tap, too, and symptoms have returned so they're talking permanent pleurex catheter - will look so sexy on the beach.

    I am proud of you for the way you're going through all of this, with your snark intact. Hope I can stay sassy, too - I think I'm not too far behind you now.

    I'll be checking in on you...



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