Thursday, June 22, 2017

Good day friends.  Quickie health update:  Things proceeding better than expected, meaning wound is healing much quicker than we'd thought possible.  And all God's children said: 


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LOVED
your responses to the
"People of Wal-Mart"
pics.
Now that most of you have voted
[except for those who couldn't make a choice because you loved them all sooooooooo much ]
GGC will inform you of our pic[s]:
4   -   7    -   12

The first time we saw #12
[ years ago]
all we could think of was
The Exorcist
movie:
Had her head spun around 180 degrees or what?
LORDY!

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Attended
JAXSON'S
Pre-K
graduation ceremony
Tuesday morning.

What a hoot.

EXCELLENT
slide show of the year these kids had,
beginning music was
" We've Only Just Begun"
followed by
"Memories"
etc.

Great job GVCS.

And at the end when they announced to everyone:
" The Class of 2030 "
it was not only very emotional
but quite the shocker also.

Lovely celebratory supper at Ga-Ga's that evening also.

Cute "WISE OWL" cupcakes created by Sarah Liz too!


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When we left church
at our beloved
St. John's
on
Sunday, April 23rd
we totally expected to be back
the following Sunday, April 30th
or
at the latest
Sunday, May 7th
[ two weeks after 4/23 ]

THEN
life happened
and
we were back into hospital for 2nd surgery.

Once we had
[ that damned ]
wound vac attached to us
we
STILL
planned on being back at St. John's
this time by mid-May or so.

We even went to St. John's and practiced for said return,
lugging the wound vac apparatus with us.

THEN
life happened
AGAIN.
And were back in hospital
[ Highland this time, instead of Strong, which was full]
to have the 3rd surgery.

After we were paroled from hospital on
Wednesday, May 24th
we had an appointment in Rochester once per week
as we
[ somewhat anxiously ]
waited to see what the wound would do.

God, in His infinite wisdom,
chose to have the wound heal itself
much better and far quicker
than any of the Doc's thought would be the case.

Still not 100% healed
[ but VERY close ]

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We returned to our beloved
ST. JOHN'S
on
Sunday last,
JUNE 18th
and
we were on
" Cloud 9 "


We are, among all men, most richly


Not only was it such a blessing to
[finally]
be back
HOME
at
St. John's Episcopal Church in Wellsville, NY
but it was also yet another way in which we are returning to a
normal life.
As many of you know from personal experience,
being down and out of it
for a couple of months
[or more,]
you yearn for the normalcy that has somehow managed to
escape
you.




And speaking of
Escape
here's a relatively close picture of our new vehicle,
[saved from the internet]
the
Ford
Escape

The lease was up on the truck
so we went with this vehicle for the next three years.

It's a slightly less expensive payment per month
as we prepare for MJ's retirement in a couple of years.

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This is it for now folks.






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Friday, June 16, 2017

If we had a dollar for every
KASIYH
Blog post
started but not completed
we'd be nigh onto



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Healing process is going wonderfully well.

Wound seems to be currently reacting the way we all had hoped and prayed it would.

Appt in Roch with Dr. Bossert Thursday, 6/15  was splendid.

Can't say the same about the trip heading home with torrential downpours nigh onto
blinding us.  Seriously, there was a point where I was nearly pleading for MJ to pull over,
but being the "persistent" German/Irish man he is, he did not do so.

To let you know how well things are proceeding
we have no appt's in Rochester until July 6th.
The last few weeks we've had an apt in Roch of some kind every week.
Also as of today we are 29 days not smoking.
Still not an easy challenge.


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And just for the fun of it
here's some
PEOPLE of WALMART
for your
viewing pleasure.



It would be GREAT if you could list your
# 1
choice
for
MOST
"INTRIGUING"

The pics have even been numbered for you
to make it easier for you and to assure you don't need to
describe the actual picture you choose.

THANKS!



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Tuesday, June 6, 2017


HONEST
We have written posts since 5/23
but just didn't finish them so we could post.

Sorry about that.
TRULY


So here's the health update:

Came home on Wednesday, May 24th
[ Thank YOU Jesus ]

Since then MJ has changed wound packing /outer dressing
twice a day.

WillCare nurse Glenda
stops in twice per week to check things out,
take vitals and change packing / dressings also.

Saw Dr. Bossert
[ plastic reconstruction Doc ]
last Thursday, 6/1  in Rochester.

He was very impressed with wound progress.
VERY impressed.
Told us to continue exactly as we have been.
Good possibility we may be able to forgo a major surgery.
[Major surgery = taking muscle from the quads in my legs in order to fill up the wound.]
What a
BLESSING
that would be.


May still need minor surgery to close up the wound itself,
but this would be far less involved than the major surgery
mentioned above.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 6/7 at 2:00pm in Rochester
we see
Dr. Jennifer Lynn Ellis
Vascular Surgeon.

One imagines she will be pleasantly shocked to see wound.

It appears to be improving daily at this point.

Thank
YOU
JESUS
! ! ! ! ! ! ! !


Will keep you informed.


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This is
DAY
20

I keep telling myself that I did before
[ 18 years ago ]
and
since that time have only smoked for the past two years,
BUT
man I still want to smoke.

EXCEPT
the wound healing has increased at an
incredible rate
since I stopped smoking.

So each morning I ask myself
if I want to be in yet another hospital bed
with this damned wound process
[ where I can't smoke anyway ]

OR

if I want to continue to heal sans smokes
at home
and hopefully be
DONE
with this episode in my life ASAP
?

The answer is obvious.



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I am not going to risk this Post becoming stale and invalid,
so will post it now
and
if I have anything else to add I'll write a another post.











Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MzTerriRoss commented on FB that she can hardly wait for the Blog posts about this latest health challenge / hospitalization once I'm mended.  As I read that comment I thought.....no time like the present.

First off, although we knew from the get go that this surgery would have its risks, we never anticipated the necrosis, the maceration from all the tape useage, the yeast infectioonn and the wound ending up SO DEEP and refusing to heal.

All that being said, here's the first in GGC's possibly ongoing series entitled "Well it sure made me laugh".  Ready?  This one is titled.....

H.S. !!!

After the 1st surgery (the one that was pre-scheduled) on April 24th I was on all kinds of antibiotics which had (have) the (possible) side effect of loose stools.  Sure enough that possible side effect proved (and is still proving) true.  Wellllllll these hospitals ( the one I am writing about was Strong Memorial, but I'm currently in Highland, both in Rochester, N.Y.) have to SEE everything...urine amount, bowel movements, etc.  So after I had made said "deposit of possible side effect from antibiotics", I rang to let the nurses desk know I had a "visual" to be inspected.  In walks this approximately 5'6" muscular ( but not grossly so )  African American young man.  He says:  "Mornin' Mr. Shelley, I hear you have something for me to look at?"  I sais that was true and pointed toward the bathroom door.  He said "Okey Dokey" and swung open the bathroom door....The next thing I HEAR is him saying....
" HOLY SHIT !!! "
whilst simultaneously jumping back a good three feet😁   It was whilst he was in mid air that I began lol and could not stop.  You'd a thought there was an alligator or Big Foot in that bathroom.  He would creep back up on the bathroom ( and toilet) then go "Hooooooooly Shit" some more.  He was not laughing but I sure was.  Finally he said to me:  "You do THAT Mr. Shelley ??? "  Whilst laughing so very VERY hard, I said yes.....he just looked at me sadly and said:  "Lord!"   He of course got brave & flushed (twice) the toilet, etc.  Was it the amount of the contents?  The consistancy?  The smell?  I know not the answer.  Before he left the room I reminded him to remember what he'd seen for my health chart.   His reply was:  "Ain't the remembren part I'm.concerned about Mr. Shelley......it's trying to forget it that be the problem.  HOOOOOOOOLY SHIT !!! "

Well it sure made me laugh....Episode 1


Did it make you laugh ???

And so it goes.   I'm outta here.

KEEP A SONG.IN YOUR HEART

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It's been said that if you want to feel a certain way,
then you must picture yourself in said manner.

Hence the photo above.

It's how I want to feel.

Since I last connected with y'all
[ and thanks for the kind comments BTW, I rear and re-read them all ]
we've been through some things with the wound vacuum.

It's all okay now, but this is not the easiest OR most predictable thing to deal with.

Keep in mind where the wound
[ incision ]
is located:
top of left leg, groin area, femoral artery.
T-E-N-D-E-R

A minimum of three times per week
the dressing needs to be totally changed
this involves lots of the old tape being removed,
wound cleaned, new dressing applied
and then
vacuum sealed
so the wound vac can do its thing properly.

This
is
not
an
easy
nor
painless
process.




I am

in so many ways.

Especially when it comes to
Michael.
What. A. Saint. He. Is.

I cannot imagine how all this would have gone sans MJ.

This health challenge has altered our life together
in ways we could never have predicted.

And our journey continues.

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Let's move on shall we?

[ Not everything is about the "Perils of Paul" so-to-speak ]

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THE
PARTY


With each and every passing day I am more and more HAPPY to no longer be a Republican. 

What a messy quagmire they continue to  allow  this beautiful country of ours to endure by their overt support of President Trump.  Sweet Lord 'a Heaven , , , there truly are none so blind as those who refuse to see.  What a freakin' disaster this administration is.  Please help us Lord, "Soon and Very Soon" ,,, before we become the US of R.  [ United States of Russia. ]

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FOLKS
who become upset / sideways / angry
at you
and
leave you wondering
" What the heck did I / we do? "

They never reveal the reason behind their
abandonment of you, they just walk away.

As our current lexicon might state it:

With most people you know what the problem is
[ right Sue ? ]
so then you can address it
and
make some kind of amends.

 Is just "walking away" or ignoring the friendship
a sort of
PASSIVE AGRESSION
?



What are
YOUR THOUGHTS
on such behavior ?

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This is all I have for now.

Thanks for reading.

Comments welcome.
















Good day friends.  Quickie health update:  Things proceeding better than expected, meaning wound is healing much quicker than we'd thou...