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

😁


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.
















Friday, May 12, 2017

SO
much
has transpired since I last updated this Blog


and
we never saw it coming.



Before we commence
a
caveat:

What I am about to describe is
NAUGHT
compared to what some of you
or
your loved ones
have been / are going through.
[Immediately coming to mind are Kay Heaney
and also the dear young granddaughter of Mary and Butch Fuller, Tatum. ]

After I wrote the last post on April 26th,
things went on as usual
except there was more incision pain day to day,
but we thought it was just part of the healing process.

On Thursday, May 4th
we saw Dr. Rummell in Andover, NY
and
he noticed immediately that something was amiss
with the incision.

He called Dr. Jennifer Ellis at U of R in Rochester.

We were told to head to  Dr. Ellis's office in Rochester.
[ to what we thought was just an appt. to have whatever this was,
taken care of within the Dr.s office ]

Before we knew it
I was admitted
[ once again ]
to
Strong Memorial Hospital.

The next day
Friday, May 5th
we had the
2nd surgery on the left leg.

As it turned out it was what is called
necrosis.

During the first surgery on 4/24
perhaps during the part where the incision was spread open
or
when the incision was cauterized towards the end of surgery,
some dead skin got into the wound.
[ That's what they refer to the incision as = the wound.]

This is not a good thing to have happen
but
even more tenuous in this case
as I have a bovine patch on the artery in the leg.
[ Used because they will go from there where the patch is,
to repair the right leg later on.]

When the 2nd surgery transpired
Dr. Ellis and her team inserted a vacuum trench
[ tubing from wound to an attached collection canister ]

The left leg and foot,
and sometime the right leg also,
were
[ still are ]
swelling / bloating
quite a bit.
Somewhat to be expected.

Keep in mind that we thought Thursday's visit to Dr. Ellis's office was just a visit,
so neither one of us prepared for a hospital stay.
MJ was absent his medication,
no changes of clothes,
no motel reservations,
Paulie left at home alone,
no phone / Kindle chargers,
etc.
It all seemed to happen so fast.

Connie picked up Paulie after her work day ended
and took him to her house.

R.I.T. Inn
was great and accepted MJ back
[ remember it had just been a few days since the original surgery.]
MJ bought us new chargers for phones and Kindle,
and
Saturday, May 6th
MJ did a quick trip back here to get his meds, clean clothes, etc.
then returned to Rochester.

U of R
Strong Memorial
was
EXCELLENT
in their care and compassion.

I was [finally] given parole
from hospital on Tuesday morning.


I am still attached to a vacuum trench
[ home version ]
and will be for a while.
[ No idea how long ]

WILLCARE
is providing a nurse to come in three days a week
in order to
uncover the wound,
check it,
remove the gray foam packing - replace with fresh packing
and
reseal the vacuum surround the wound
so that it may continue drain.

I can tell you that the removal of that vacuum seal / tape
is a painful experience,
seconded by the re-inserting of the fresh packing.


Very little can be done to lessen that pain,
just part of the process.

The vacuum trench "thingy"
must have its canister changed periodically
[ right now that is every 16 hours ]
so we've had to learn how to do that.
[ MJ is much better at it than I, but he's not always here.]

We're also learning to understand the various "beeps"
the vacuum trench issues forth.
Intimidating at first, not so much now.

So that's where we are now.
[ This IS the short version of the story, hard as it is to believe.]

PRAYERS
appreciated.

I will try to write again soon,
but today being Friday
my visiting nurse will arrive
[ to torture me = a necessity ]
this morning.
[ She's really nice BTW, but pain is part of the process.]





Thanks for reading.
























































Wednesday, April 26, 2017





Good evening friends.                                                                                       Wednesday, 4-26-2017

Well at long last my left leg [ which was at least 90% blocked,  P.A.D. ] has been operated on via the femoral artery in the groin.  If you recall I was going to have this done early last year, but something didn't "feel right" about having the surgery at that time.  So I waited, found a spectacular Dr. by the name of Jennifer Lynn Ellis ,,, and the surgery was Monday, April 24th.  We arrived home this afternoon and I slept off and on for five hours. 

The pain, especially the incision, has been quite challenging.  I would say worse than when I had the heart attack and double by-pass in 2002.  We're talkin'  Lots O' Pain here folks.  As each day passes it should lessen. 

I was so afraid something would "jinx" this surgery, that I did not tell very many people about it.  As it got nearer and nearer [ as in this past weekend ] I did seem share the info more.

We also chose not to share it via Facebook [ until now obviously ].   There are so many folks far worse off than I am [ like my DEAR Kay Tronetti Heaney ] that I felt that's where the prayers and concentration should be,

Strong Memorial and its team of Doctors and Nurses, etc. were once again SUPERB.  Can't say enough about their kindness, expertise and professionalism.

Now to heal, which apparently is going to take a bit of time.  After this challenging time is over ,,, we hope to have the right leg done [which is not anywhere near as bad as the left one was].

For those of you who knew about this event in advance = THANK YOU for your PRAYERS.  I could feel them with my heart and soul and almost see them "arising like incense" unto Heaven.  For those who did not know until now ,,, still time for those prayers!

My love to all,
                               GGC       P.S. No questions please, I've had enough of those as of late,
                                                          plus I shared as much as I care to at this time. 
                                                         Thank you kindly.

Monday, April 17, 2017



GOOD DAY FRIENDS

GOOD HEAVENS
has it really been
24  days
since we updated this Blog.

SORRY ABOUT THAT.

Nothing's wrong.

Just busy.

Lent
Holy Week
Easter
Dr.s appointments
Medical tests in Wellsville at JMH
as well as
University of Rochester Medical Center


Kindly keep
KAY TRONETTI HEANEY
in your prayers.

I believe she has her surgery
this coming Thursday
APRIL 20th
at
Strong Memorial.

VERY SERIOUS SITUATION
and
VERY, VERY INTENSE OPERATION.
[ BRAIN SURGERY ]

For more info
contact Kay herself
OR
perhaps
Sue Tronetti Ross
on
FACEBOOK.

Thanks.





Can hardly believe we are through Lent 2017
and
Easter Sunday.
[ The liturgical season of Easter goes onward for weeks.]

Am not complaining that it's over,
it's just so intense whilst it's happening.


JUST
ordered
[ on my Kindle ]
the book
" The Happiness Project "
by
Gretchen Rubin

Looks to be an interesting read,
I'll let you know.
Have any of you read it?


This is all I have for now.

Simply wanted to let y'all know we're still alive and well.


















Thursday, March 23, 2017


GOOD  MORNING  FRIENDS

and
to
ALL
who responded to
TUESDAY'S
KASIYH
Blog post.

Y'all were not only informative
but
congenial
as well.

Who says we can't communicate with one another
even if we might not see eye-to-eye on everything ?

Did GGC get the answers we'd hoped for?
No.

Did we learn a thing or two?
Yes.

One of the most important things we were reminded of
was
how
we are to have such
wonder-filled
family and friends.



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Even though we do not truly believe in such,
Let's
look into our
"Crystal Ball"
and
see what our future may hold.

We see an
event
occurring
on or around
Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Although blurry
our
"Crystal Ball"
is showing
the following:



and


Hmmmmmmm



ANY GUESSES
as to
WHAT THIS COULD MEAN
?   ?   ?





Brought to you by
KASIYH
Blog
as
a

STAY TUNED
for further
developments


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dear Republicans*  and others who voted for Donald Trump as POTUS,

From:
GKS420@verizon.net

   We are seeking an answer to some questions for which you may have the answers.  Kindly help us understand, we truly have a deep desire to comprehend your point of view.

For the most part, are you happy with this administration and its proposals to this point in time?

What about the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act, are you on board with the changes to be made by the Trump administration?   Why?  Why not?

And what about your thoughts on the proposed cuts to the budget which will add 10% to the military whilst slashing programs for the disenfranchised ?   How does this set with you ? 

Could you kindly explain to us your view[s] on President Trump's consistent tweeting,  many of which have been proven to be outright lies ?   Is the President just "blowing off steam" and as such, we should not take him seriously ? How do you, as Trump supporters, deal with what many of us consider to be overt insipidness, on a daily basis ?

Oh, and this one really requires some type of explanation from you as we simply don't get it.  Really.  How does one call oneself a "Christian" and yet seems to ignore the following words of Christ: "Whatsoever you do to the LEAST of my brethren, that you do unto ME."  You know what we are referring to ,,,, how DO you justify supporting Trump's budget cuts to the most needy amongst us,
whilst giving tax breaks to the rich and increasing military spending ?

We have many more questions, but this will suffice for now.  It is not beyond the realms of possibility that we are simply ignorant.  We truly want to understand.  Kindly help us,,,PLEASE.

Sincerely,
                     Gregory   Greg   Craig

P.S.  When we bring up politics on this Blog, most REPUBLICANS and TRUMP supporters manage to CLAM UP ---  WHY ?  What are you so ASHAMED of ?  We know who some of you are, even the less vocal amongst you , , , WHY are you hiding ?



 *  Until November 15th, 2016 MJ and GGC were registered Republicans.  Both of us raised in staunch Republican households.  We "saw the light" [so-to-speak] during the administration of George W. Bush, but kept hoping our political party would turn back to what it used to be.  Alas, it became even worse.  The first time we actually voted for a non-Republican, we both felt a little odd but yet we knew it was the correct thing to do.   Finally, when we could stand it no more, we changed our political party association and became Democrats.  [[ We waited so late to switch, that said switch could not occur until one week after the General Election of 2016.  Hence we have been official Democrats for a little over four months now.]





Saturday, March 18, 2017





GOOD  MORNING  FRIENDS


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So
MONDAY 
3-13-2017
we had a
KASIYH
blog post written
which never made it to publication.

T'is just as well
as it was mostly GGC
being a
whining

about the overt insipidness
of some local medical establishments.

It's
history
now.

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AND
then
we began a post for
TUESDAY
3 - 14 - 2017
and
IT
never made it to publication yesterday.

BELOW
is brief part Tuesday's writings:




Nor'easter
is the biggie in the news currently.

Depends a great deal on
exactly
where you are positioned
as to how many inches
you'll end up getting.

Story of my life.



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Therefore
we
TRIED AGAIN
for
WEDNESDAY
3 - 13 - 2017





MJ
had to
BE
AT
work
by
5:00 A.M.

That means he got up at 3:15 a.m.

GGC
had gone to be around 2:00 a.m.
[ long story ]
so we saw him off to work then went back to bed for a bit.

This might be a
droopy eye-lid evening

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[ There were more WEDENSDAY writing's = but I erased them.]

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And
then it was
THURSDAY
March 16, 2017




TODAY

at
this
moment
in
TIME
[ and quite a bit recently to be truthful ]

GGC is feeling
OVERWHELMINGLY
!   BLESSED   !



and
that's inclusive of
[ even ]
CRAIG


Usually
GREGORY
can find
multiple blessings
to
! REJOICE !
over

and

GREG
generally can find at least a blessing each day

but
when even
CRAIG
is
feelin'
BLESSED

that qualifies as

We then had numerous pics of some of the
BLESSINGS
in our life.

Deleted those
because to leave them as they were
could
in fact and in deed
give
some folks
the impression that they were excluded as
GGC's
Blessings.



YESTERDAY
was
St. Patrick's Day
and
we celebrated it as such



[ For brother Yog ]







And here we are on
Saturday
March 18th




Lest anymore time pass
we are hereby
just going to
publish
this

HODGE PODGE
mess

and start again another
day - week - month,
who knows
?



GEEEEEEESH.
" Here's lookin' at you, kids."

















































MzTerriRoss commented on FB that she can hardly wait for the Blog posts about this latest health challenge / hospitalization once I'm me...