We were so happy to have Ernie home from the hospital yesterday. Owen went and picked him up and brought him home which was kind as it gave me some time to do some work and not have to fuss with the walker and drive. Of course, Ernie was exhausted as nobody sleeps well in the hospital. I roasted a whole chicken with some broccoli and we curled up and watched tv and took deep breaths.

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One of the things I ponder when I go to sign in on various accounts is why I have chosen to identify myself as a sheep.

This account amuses me because Owen and Trinity’s icons are so spot on (which they chose themselves). I think I chose Leo and Ernie’s.

And when I use a memoji sticker, it’s always the mouse.

Generally speaking, I think of myself as a pretty strong woman, yet I identify myself as a sheep and a mouse. Although, as Ernie pointed out, my profile on Prime looks more like I’m wearing a sheep costume. Wolf in sheep’s clothing? There’s a thought.

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Beautiful flowers from work. I was so touched.

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The other day I tried to convince myself that I really didn’t need the walker. I wondered if it would really help if I fell the way I did before. Then I had to walk to Ernie’s hospital room from the old lobby. After all the doctors left his room and I collapsed into the chair one of them had kindly gotten for me, I told Ernie my theory that maybe I didn’t need the walker. He just openly laughed and said, “Oh, babe.” I had to agree. Walker it is.

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Wonderful, quick, visit from my friend V’ron yesterday. She’s down for a Daily Illini reunion, along with some other old friends, and had asked me if I wanted a Wisconsin care package. In all the chaos I’d completely forgotten so it was such a treat to see her and get some hugs and delicious treats. Thank, V’ron. Apart from Ernie coming home of course, the highlight of my day.

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I found this when I was looking for that picture of Ginny and John Larsen with one of the guys. At an old Gathering on the Prairie show. Owen with the little plane he convinced us to buy (and then promptly sold at Fox Valley. That’s right, Owen “Here to Sell” Blackwelder). Leo enjoying a chocolate chip cookie. I miss those little guys.

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Ah, I had other things to share but I’m afraid I’m fading. As I said to a friend last night, this is the kind of exhaustion that sleep doesn’t fix. We’re not going out today, just staying home and keeping an eye on Bob. This morning Ernie found another Bob poop in the living room, this time with blood in it. He also left a big blood spot on a couple of pieces of furniture. We called about getting him in today but they said they need a fecal sample and we had unfortunately disposed of it. Of course Monday we’re at the Cancer Center and Tuesday we have two appointments. I had planned to skip his urology appointment, a follow-up on the stent, but given his recent adventures and the fact that it’s with the urologist that saw him in the hospital I now plan to go. Then in the afternoon, I start physical therapy. And of course, there’s work in between all that. We’ll just have to see what happens. Bob seems perky enough. You should have heard him chirping at Ernie when he came home. He was beside himself with happiness.

Thanks again for all the kind support.

Onward.

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