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07 July 2016 @ 01:54 pm
Hipnotic changes  
Well, Halfshellhusband got moved up in the surgery schedule for his hip replacement! There's an opening tomorrow, and the cardiologist who did the pacemaker said it was okay to have the additional surgery. SO... it's 11 days earlier than the postponed date would have been. Which really matters when the pain is so severe and it's a day-to-day exercise in endurance.

We made an all-out effort last night throughout the house and garage to figure out where we put that hip-surgery "helper" kit from last time, since it'll cost $45 to buy it again. But no. Our son even helped get down the unlabeled boxes HSH put on the upper shelves in the garage (seriously, this is HSH's specialty). I checked them (and LABELED them), but still nothing. Really, I think all we're missing from the kit is the grabber and the ingenious device that helps you get your socks on. We have other home-prep stuff, such as the bricks needed to temporarily elevate the bed, and the super-tall walker, and the elastic shoelaces. There's more preparation involved in general because HSH is 6'4", and long-legged, and he will not be allowed to sit much lower than at a 90-degree angle. He has to be almost fully reclined just to be in the car (the tall 4-Runner) on trips to/from the hospital and the doctor's office.

So, he'll be stuck in the bedroom a lot during recovery. We'll also need to move a bigger TV in there, and probably the cable box from the living room. You have no idea what epic levels of patience and stoicism HSH possesses. :(


My sister visited over the 4th of July weekend—but stayed with my brother, an hour away, which is not what I was hoping. We all got together Friday for dinner, then brunch and conversation on Sunday, and then my brother's 4th of July celebration (his favorite holiday, which I did not realize and which she'd never been here for before). It was really nice, though I'd have loved some 1-on-1 time with her. Our son was off at Yosemite with his uncle (they had a GREAT time), and our daughter was in and out. Most, I spent the weekend cleaning, visiting, bicycling, and watching fireworks. Very nice.

There was a lot of reading of Altered Carbon, too, a sci-fi book by Richard Morgan that I'm liking better than The Steel Remains.

Good Stuff via Links:
  • A heartwarming story about regular Canadians sponsoring Syrian refugees.

  • Chuck Wendig's WTF-ness Review of 'Batman vs. Superman', in which the essay might be more entertaining than the movie.

  • The in-home project that is The Marin County Bad Art Gallery. The "titles" and descriptions are hilarious, and some works—such as A Cheshire Cat of Nightmare Made—are possibly debatable? IDK. It looks hideous, but I'm also getting kind of an Expressionist feeling off of that one.

  • Go forth and waste time!

    bleodsweanbleodswean on July 7th, 2016 09:18 pm (UTC)
    Sending seriously get-well-soon vibes to G!!! That's going to be a piece of time. Do you consider yourself a good "nurse"? D is NOT and after my spinal surgery...there were issues. ;) Like driving 35 minutes to town to...wait for it....buy two cups of coffee because he didn't know how to work the coffee maker. ???? Srsly.

    Your 4th sounded nice! Too bad about visiting more with the sister, though. I get that. I always feel like at the end of a trip not enough time was spent. Not sure if that's actually factual or not.

    Wasting time! (Not really.)
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 7th, 2016 10:47 pm (UTC)
    I'm a pretty good "nurse," though I get a little stressed with all the other work to do around the house. The kids are expecting to help, and are very much on-board with that, thank goodness. HSH is a pretty good patient, too, except for not really wanting anyone to visit him in the hospital. He just wants to be left alone to his misery when he's there, and not feel like he has to make polite conversation on top of it all. :O

    I really wanted my sister to spend half her time at our house, in the city where there's more to do (also the one with the airport!). But my brother's wife collected her, drove to Yuba City, then picked up my brother and they drove BACK to Sacramento for dinner (WTF?). I'd hoped to take the day off, pick her up, spend some time over the next few days... *sigh* Probably my fault for being too overwhelmed to firm up plans earlier.

    What did you think of the Nightmare Cat? Or some of the other art works? :D
    penpusher: MD Winged Staffpenpusher on July 7th, 2016 11:32 pm (UTC)
    Here's to a successful surgery with no complications and a quick recovery!

    Dare I say it? Hip Hip Hooray!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 8th, 2016 06:23 am (UTC)
    Haha! Thank you-- we're sure hoping it goes well. The other hip did, and it's the same surgeon, so he's aware of the challenge. :)
    cindytsuki_no_bara on July 8th, 2016 04:24 am (UTC)
    that's good news about the surgery! i hope hsh's recovery is easy.

    that bad art gallery is... bad. it reminds me a little of the museum of bad art in the basement of the movie theater near me.

    i am all about the wasting of time. :D
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 8th, 2016 06:32 am (UTC)
    I'll pass along your good wishes. :)

    There was an article on the Bad Art Gallery in the S.F. Chronicle this week, and the couple mentioned that it's in their home and so it's easier to view the collection online. Also that the cap on buying any such art is $20, that the average price is around $7.50, and that the wife herself personally creates several bad pieces a year.

    Those descriptions are wonderful-- so much of the art has weird proportions or perspective, which gets folded in. There's a picture in Gallery 1 of a woman sitting in a chair, lots of red in the composition, and the text goes into a bizarre imagining of some French Revolution offshoot and incidentally mentions the woman's "deformed left paw"-- which is what her hand looks like. The way ideas are built up around the art's flaws makes for some truly interesting reading. The pig in the clouds is another good one. :O

    Edited at 2016-07-08 06:35 am (UTC)
    Direst Ryl: Amaryllisryl on July 8th, 2016 10:17 am (UTC)
    Fingers crossed for HSH!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 8th, 2016 05:28 pm (UTC)
    Thank you! He's dreading the in-bed time and rehab afterwards, but it will finally be done. :)
    riverotter1951riverotter1951 on July 8th, 2016 02:27 pm (UTC)
    I hope that the surgery goes well with an easy recovery.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 8th, 2016 05:29 pm (UTC)
    Thank you very much for the good wishes!
    CaffieneKitty: yaycaffienekitty on July 13th, 2016 12:50 am (UTC)
    The sooner the surgery, the sooner the recovery!
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 15th, 2016 09:24 pm (UTC)
    That's true! And given the amount of pain, we were counting every day. So, 11 days earlier? A significant amount!