Just wanted to write a short diary thanking 2Thanks and the community for your many kind words, thoughts and prayers.
I was just discharged and came home about an hour ago, and I was greeted by Cash Tango and Pee Wee, my 3 pootie welcoming committee. :)
Having spent 15 of the last 20 days in the hospital I cannot begin to tell you how good it feels to be home, in my place, on my bed, with the Overlords.
They think they identified the cause of the internal bleeding that was at the core of this second hospitalization, and restarted me on my Coumadin, waiting until my levels were stable enough to discharge me.
This time I was lucky enough to spend only one night in ICU although I spent 10 days in the hospital in total. Taken together with a week and a half ago's 5 days in the hospital with 4 days in ICU this was much less adventurous.
Once again I could not have made it without the support of the community friends and family.
Thank you to 2thanks first and foremost for his support and his lifesaving visits to the hospital. It meant a lot to see his bright and shining face when I was there in ICU and then in recovery and of writing his many updates based on his visits.
Thank you to everyone for your kind words, thoughts and prayers in each of the diaries, they helped me pull thru more than you will ever know.
I will provide a short recap now, and write more later as I a very tired.
My initial surgery went very well. A mass was found in the small intestine and removed and sent off to e biopsied. They also found a belly button based hernia which was repaired. Surgery took about two hours, and finished last Wednesday and went very well.
Unfortunately after surgery, though I do not remember, I was told I was wheeled to my room, and put on a few texts and face book posts that were in complete gibberish about my room number, where I was, and how surgery was fine. I remember nothing until 24 hours later when I was being wheeled into ICU after the nursing staff could not wake me up, My oxygen levels tanked and my Co2 levels grew extremely high. They said I was near death and was lucky enough to be caught and wheeled down to ICU in time. Long story short I was in ICU for 4 days, where I got everything imaginable done to me and then some more, and then I was taken to a different floor over the weekend from which I was discharged earlier today.
I am very very tired, very very sore, but very very grateful to everyone again and wanted to make sure I put something up before I crashed.
I've been getting a lot of emails from people wondering if there was someway they could get an update once I get out of surgery, etc.
I know that friends from Facebook will be updating on my page, so if you're friends with me on there then I just suggest following it on there.
Otherwise I know that I've been blessed to meet some great folks from Motor City Kossacks who said that they will try to visit me in the hospital and try to post updates here.
I am a bit anxious as this will be my first 'hand/open' potential surgery I will have in my abdomen, and I will be in the hospital for 3 to 5 days... and potentially on my birthday if they hold me one more extra day (So I hope to be out by the 21 if possible).....then 4 to 5 weeks home of recovery.....sigh.
Anyway, also if you're 'interested' I have made an amazon.com 'wishlist' under my email houstonbfskinner . nettscape . net so that I can get materials to keep me busy/occupied while resting up.
Thanks again for your compassion and your concern.
As many of you know I will be going in for surgery on the 15th of this month. Earlier this week I wrote a diary asking for help in coming up with a reading list for books that were long/series of long books I could prepare for, that I could get for the long time in the hospital and then in recovery at home.
I thought I'd try my luck again and see if you all could help me come up with television series or the like that are available on DVD or Blue-Ray that I could pop in and if I fall asleep I fall asleep during, but I would not miss much/could re-wind back to, or even if I did not rewind I would not miss much, like for a compilation of a well loved television show, or the like.
I know most people will suggest Walking Dead or House of Cards, etc.....so I am asking for more obscure suggestions, if you were laid up in bed for 4 to 5 even 6 weeks and had nothing else to do, what would you pop into the player to watch/get caught up on?
On Facebook we were discussing if the quality of The Simpsons has gone up or down, or whatever... my point is that even if it has gone down, it has given us, in its history, some great comedy moments, some classic bits, regardless of where it stands now.
So I thought to myself, if I had to pick my top three, at the moment classic Simpson moments what would they be? I selected the three below, with the caveat that they could change at any time... but I present three classic Simpson moments:
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