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Saturday, September 15, 2012

grey days and pumpkins

 This chubby grey pumpkin has been on the deck for eleven months.
 It imploded today. 
A perfect metaphor for my gallbladder which was whisked out yesterday. 
 The surgery time was changed three times. 
 I was moved to first case at 7:30 AM.

  My surgeons other patients cancelled. 
 We were home by 11 AM.
 I was intubated for less than one hour but my throat is awfully sore and I cannot talk very well. 
 Joe is happy about that. 
Fewer orders.
 I am taking a big time narcotic pain pill and feeling more than drunk. 
 Day two post op is always rough. 
My brain is grey and fuzzy. 
Making the day grey and fuzzy.
I watered the flower garden in my pajamas early this morning and spoke with one of my neighbors.
Thankfully by now they are used to my vagaries.

Joe is a lovely helper in every way.
 He is at an estate sale now and is texting me about the goods. 
He has difficulty with vintage linens when I am not with him.
He will have no difficulty with rusty tools however.

Fancy, our dear friend, provided us with supper last night. 

Thanks again for all your thoughts, prayers, and emails. 
Sending a big drunken hug to all of you
May your day be filled with sunshine and no hints of grey


  1. Dear Olive - that is a perfect metaphor - the soggy old grey pumpkin. Good riddance to your old gall bladder, wishing you lots of bright sunny days ahead.
    I know from Hold Everything Lightly that you are a real trooper and will be back to your old self in no time.
    Hope that Joe comes back today with lots of things to make you smile.

  2. Glad to hear things went so well. ANd that your out watering already! Take it easy and rest this weekend.

  3. Hope you feel better soon and a speedy recovery!

  4. so happy to hear you made it through the fun, rest up, you'll be feeling so much better soon!!

  5. I hope you stay put and get some rest, Olive! I'm so glad everything went well. Sending good thoughts! :)


  6. Perfect post indeed depicting your recent surgery. Hope you take it easy, you have 6 weeks to recoup so enjoy all that pampering. Remember not to lift anything heavier than your camera.

  7. Imploded pumpkin - hilarious. Surgery - ugh. Meds - yay! Watering your flowers the next day after surgery? Wow! I'm betting you'll be at the sales next weekend. Take advantage of those drugs while you can. And get some sleep.

  8. Wishing a really speedy recovery. Wow, up and out watering, that is amazing. Rest up. Hugs, Marty

  9. so glad it went so smoothly. big hugs. love how you associate your gall bladder to a pumpkin ... interesting thought. (:

  10. That's no way to spend a day, but glad to hear it's over and you're on the mend. Loved the pumpkin metaphor. lol Take care and don't rush it.

  11. Nice to know things went well! take good care!

  12. So glad you made it through the surgery ok. I don't know about that pumpkin. I can't believe you had it on your back porch so long...that is disgusting. Definitely time for you to go pumpkin shopping for new ones.

  13. Oh Olive, you sound wonderful!... I am so happy all went well and you are back home... please don't overdo it!... how sweet of your friend to bring supper to you... and how fun that Joe goes to the estate sales looking for treasures for you too!... love the grey pumpkin even!... thanks for the big drunken hug!... xoxo Julie Marie

  14. Dear girl, I am so glad your surgery is behind you..and that you are now recuperating...I have been praying for you and thinking about you will be so nice for you to feel good again...

    great post, by the way....

    Love, Mona

  15. I'm keeping you in my prayers! Take care of yourself and get plenty of rest. Your hubby is a sweetie...let him do everything for awhile! Sending you some gentle hugs, my friend!

  16. OMG!.!.! - Where have I been??? Imploded pumpkin... Gallbladder repairs... Sooooo glad this is already behind YOU!!! A*N*D that sweet Joe of yours - going to estate sales for YOU!!! Take care Olive...
    Hugs - Jeanine

  17. Olive - a big hug to you too. So glad you've got through the surgery. Prayers all around you xx

  18. I've been thinking of you and glad to hear you are home. Stay off your feet and out of the garden for a few days!!!

  19. I was surprised to see a post from you today. I didn't know you could come home that soon! Don't do too much too fast, those pain pills will fool you into thinking you are able to do more than you really can. I think it's time for Joe to spring for a new pumpkin!

  20. So glad the surgery is over and all went well! Prayers for a speedy recovery!
    PS- Your garden looks so pretty:)

  21. So good to hear from you, dear friend! Glad that pesky gall bladder has been removed and you can start the healing process. You're in my thoughts.


  22. Sending you healing thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Don't try to do too much too soon and give yourself a chance to heal. I'll take a nap in your honor!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  23. Here's hoping the worst is over for you!
    Keep those jammies on, relax & heal!

  24. Sounds like you're on the mend-glad to hear it! Funny the pumpkin imploded just at the time of year he'd take center stage... Stage fright I guess:@)

  25. Love that you're able to find humor in everything, Olive, even surgery. So glad all seems to have gone well, and you seem to be on the mend. Take care of yourself!!
    Mary Alice

  26. You kept a pumpkin for 11 months?!!! Glad the pesky organ is gone without imploding! ~ Maureen

  27. Sorry to hear you had to have surgery! Who needs a gall bladder anyway?! Mine's been gone for years, so believe me when I say you will feel soooooo much better now!

    You are so fortunate you can trust Joe with an Estate Sale! I'd never send Bill to one without me...what am I saying? He'd never go to one unless I drug him kicking! Hope Joe found you lots of nice things!

    I can tell you I might have to chase you down for those boots! They are beautiful! Take good care of yourself! Best, Vicki

  28. Oh Olive please take it easy. I am making vegetable soup today and I so wish I could bring you some. I would in a heartbeat. I'm glad Joe is there. Put your feet up!

  29. Glad it's over with, Olive. Now, take care of yourself and recover. Love ya!

  30. Olive, So glad that nasty gallbladder is you can get well and feel great. I laughed about Joe and the rusty tools. :):) Too funny.Some times I tease Ted about looking better for his golf buds, then me. :):)Smiles and prayers, xo, Susie

  31. Olive, so glad to hear it is behind you and you are in your usual, albeit, grey state. And drunken. You are right, the day after is when it hits you the worst. So glad dinner was brought to you and that your neighbors are used to seeing you in your pj's and rambling... my old ones were like that. Hug to you. Ann

  32. Chuckling with you, not at you about your grey pumpkin metaphor :) Wishing you a speedy recovery!


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