Thursday, August 11, 2005

Another chapter...

in the health saga begins tomorrow (Friday) as I take my wife to the hospital for her back surgery.

It's been a tough six months or so for her, one of ups and downs, dashed hopes and false promises, as she followed all of the medical advice only to end up needing surgery anyway.

She's a real 'trooper' though, through it all she's never lost her sense of humor (well ok, there were a couple of moments) or her optimistic outlook. I'd like to think that when I was suffering with my problems a couple years ago that I was half as easy to be around as she's been.

I mention all this only as a 'warning' if you will that one of two things is likely to happen over the next few days, I'll either be blogging "a lot", or be nearly absent. It all depends on how the surgery goes, how long they keep her in the hospital, and how much care she needs once I get her home.

One of the upsides to all of this has been the company I'm contracted to. Well the people there actually... they've been supportive, concerned and understanding despite my needing to work some strange hours and often from home. Calling in to meetings instead of attending in person and so on.... through it all my manager has told me to do what I need to do for her, and do the best I can to keep things 'on track' project-wise.

I was really concerned a few times as deadlines crept up, and I felt the need to just work from home as I knew she was suffering. Somehow though, it's all on track at this point, some of it's been luck I'm sure, as I've hit a couple of 'home runs' code wise lately and those kinds of things are normally spaced a bit farther apart!

As much as I’ve talked about how nice it would be to be able to move back up North, it would be just as nice to get a full time gig with this company. The previous company I worked for, made a lot of noise about being supportive, but when push came to shove, it was just lip service. The owner complained about the time the doctor made me stay out of work, despite the fact when everything was done; I still had sick days on the books! This is quite the refreshing change!

I know Maryan will probably be upset when she reads this, and finds I worked from home many of those days because I was concerned about her. She would have been upset if I’d told her when I did it… I’m still glad I did!

So I’m still looking at the truck project each night when I get home, and the plan now is to get back at that ‘next’ weekend after she’s had a week to recover. By that time she’ll be tired of me hanging around, and will probably suggest I go make some noise in the garage! (With any luck at all she’ll be feeling that much better by then!)

Still no word on the job possibility, but that’s ok… as I’ve said before, we’ll just see how it plays out.

I just got a call, as I was writing this, from Mitch and Debbie, just wanting to wish Maryan well tomorrow. It struck me as I was talking to Debbie, how absolutely “like them” it was to make the call. It’s got me missing them, Whit and Leslie, and that little town all over again!

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Oh… more ‘interesting’ search landings…

Via Yahoo….
#153 for [how to wire single pol light switch ]
#6 for the search [" tanned, rested and relaxed" ] (another one I was happy to make!)
#131 for [boys nude physical exams ] – That’s just wrong.…
And…

#2 on MSN when looking for [chuck gronsbell ] (remember, the guy I worked for at APA? He actually emailed me the other day wanting to know how I was. Small world it seems!

It’s looking more and more that the most recently updated pages bubble to the top of the search lists, all else being equal. I’m fairly certain I’ll be adding a sitemeter to my professional sites too, I really like the free stats, and the additional info with a paid subscription would be very helpful.

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Well, not much else to say tonight. My mind is pretty full of thoughts about tomorrow, concern for her (and me as well if the truth is to be told). I’m just hoping and praying that her post-op will be as easy for her, as mine was for me. In all actuality, I felt so much better after surgery, than I did when I went in, that when they asked how much pain I was in I told them honestly ‘none’.

I may have been in pain, but what ever pain I had, it was so much less than I had before, it honestly couldn’t tell. After the first surgery my throat was real sore, but as long as they kept the orange juice glass full I was fine. After the second, my left hand felt like it had been severely sunburned, so much so that air blowing across it hurt, but even that, was not all that bad, in comparison!

As always, thanks for 'listening', it's nice knowing you're all out there!

13 comments:

Whit said...

Prayers for successful surgery tomorrow -- complete and speedy recovery.

whit

seeingdouble said...

Many hugs for you both, and wishes for a speedy recovery!!

jenbeauty said...

Good thoughts positive energy and prayers for Marylin. I know the whole surgery thing all too well. She is lucky to have you there Bill.

Beth said...

I'm hoping everything goes smoothly for your wife, Bill. My thoughts are with her.

Nina said...

Sending positive energy and good thoughts for your wife. May she heal well and fast.

No_Newz said...

Best of luck to the Mrs. for a speedy painless recovery.
Lois Lane

Comfort Addict said...

I hope that the surgery goes well and that Maryan has a fast, pain-free recovery.

Spirit Of Owl said...

I'm thinking of you both. I wish you well, and that you get back to your journey together, on bikes, in trucks, and in life, as soon as possible. Love to Maryan.

Firehawk said...

Bill,

Back surgery can be a real tough road. I helped my dad through to pretty bad ones. I hope you and Maryan have good luck, and the surgeon's having an "on" day. Keep us posted. We're all pulling for both of you.

Whit said...

Just checking in and hoping for a successful surgery today...

PINKSandROSES said...

i'll be hoping for the best for her!

Bill said...

To everyone! Thanks so much for the well wishes, thoughts and prayers!! They must have worked because she's home, and doing very well (in my professional medical opinion!)

Thanks again for taking the time to leave each of these, as usual, you all touch me!

RealLady said...

and I thank you also! the pwoer of prayer and love can heal anything! Big Hugs to you all!~Maryan