Thursday, June 29, 2006

Waiting makes me crazy

We spent the day at the hospital yesterday, waiting. Today they took BIL in to do the dye through his heart and there appears to be no damage but they'll keep him in ICU because his heart beat is abnormally irregular. He's supposed to be evaluated by another doctor late next week to see if he needs a pacemaker. Another wait. Not sure when they'll begin rahab on the problems caused by the stroke. After the day spent there yesterday I am more than ever convinced that the reason medical costs are through the roof is there are too danged many specialists who have forgotten how to be doctors. If they ever learned how in the first place. Ask 3 of them the same question and you'll get 3 different answers, hell, if you're not ill when you get there, after all the frustration, you're insanely ill after a few days in there.

While sitting outside the hospital in a nice little garden I glanced around and noticed that 3 out of every 4 persons I saw in and around the place had cell phones to their ears. What in the world did they do before this technology was available?
When did it become acceptable to be having phone conversations as you eat your dinner or, in another instance, as you sat on the pot to pee? (yep, there was in lady in the stall next to mine). Maybe I'm just an old fuddy-duddy but I believe the technology is great in that I have my phone for emergencies and convenience, but I think folks who go around with their cells constantly glued to their ears or their hips have an awfully rude, bad, habit in the making.

I had about 5 gals of tomatoes ready to can today so I got that out of the way a while ago cause tomorrow we'll be heading back to Little Rock so James can spend the weekend at the hospital. Zach and I will stay with Trish. They turned out good, I think, and will taste mighty good next winter.

Another photo of Zach's sunflowers.


Cal said...

Glad to hear you have some good news on your brother in law. I know what you mean about mobile phones. They are very handy. But people seem to think they can't function without them. We seem to spend half of our time in the library telling people to turn them off!

Bluejean Baby said...

Good to hear that there's no damage to the heart!
Those tomatoes do look yummy, and tell Zach he's got a green thumb for sure!

Joan said...

It will probably be a long road yet, but hopefully he will recover completely.

Sure glad you got those tomaters outta the garden before the MIL comes over again ..heh!!

Tammy said...

Bless your heart...I know waiting around at hospitals is hard, but you want to be there for the loved one.
As for the cell phones...have you see the what I call cell ears...these are like a hands free type thing...the other day at Target this man walks in with a goofy grin on his face and says to himself I thought..."Yeah...I'd like that...Uh Huh...Yeah!!" I thought he was gonna you know what right there in Target. Now, that will mess with your!!
Those 'maters look yummy...I see soups and warm chili's in your future this fall and winter.

Andie Pandie said...

Oh wow I have so been there. I'm sorry, I know how frustrating that can be.

And I totally agree with you on the cell phone issue.

Sally said...

Waiting is truly so difficult! Yep, those cell phone users get my goat big time. RUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!

I need Zach up (over, down) here to help me with the scrawny sunflowers - it's a wonder they're still sittin there. :) His are gorgeous!!

Brent said...

One thing I miss is the wonderful taste of canned vegetables during the winter. No one around here cans anymore. It's so sad!!

ellen said...

I'll add your brother-in-law to my prayers. I hope that he rebounds from his stroke very soon, and that his arrhythmia can be controlled with medication.

I'm with you on the cell phone thing; I often see a man "having lunch" with friends, colleagues or even family, while yakkin on his cell the entire time. If anyone did that to me, I'd stick him with the bill and then refuse to go eat with him again. Very rude!

cassie-b said...

You and I have similar thoughts about cell phones. I don't understand especially when a parent and child are in the grocery store (a great time for bonding) and Mom or Dad spend all their time on the phone.

Makes me crazy!

It sounds like good news at the hospital. My prayers and best wishes are sent.

Mary Lou said...

I hardly ever use my cell. It stays in the car for emergencies.

I just did 6 pints of strawberry jam for the THRIRD time. I just cant get it to gel. So now it has 6 cups of sugar, and TWO packages of sure gel in them. Probably turn hard as a rock!!

John Strain said...

You are one busy girl. No wonder you get ti'rd.

Cindra said...

I think they are bringing back the phone booth - with no phone... it is for people to have their cell phone conversations in private so they don't disturb others. I saw it on the news the other night. What a great idea!
Hope your bil continues to improve. I know how frustrating hospitals are.
Zach's sunflowers are wonderful. I got some yesterday as a gift. I hope mine turn out as well. How did he get the different colors?

Anonymous said...


I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phones.

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it as if we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to kids as a gift?
What if we used it as we traveled?
What if we used it in case of an emergency?
What if we upgraded it to get the latest version?

Joe said...

Thanks for the update girl! love the pics.

Special K said...

I had something all ready to say about supposed medical specialists and evil cell phone users, but then I got distracted by the sight of those amazingly delicious-looking tomatoes.

Dude, I can't believe you've already started canning.

Brent said...

If those tomatoes get to taking up too much space, you let me know and I'll be glad to pay postage to take them off your hands!

Zach's flowers look BEAUTIFUL!

I hope everything else settles down and turns out OK!!

Virginia Gal said...

I hope you guys get some good news and have a lovely holiday weekend celebrating said good news.
oh also, those flowers are gorgeous, this kid has an alternative career if baseball player doesn't work out.

Attila The Mom said...

Glad to see some good news on BIL.

I was scrolling slowly when reading about the dye injected in his heart and caught sight of the canned tomatos.

I thought OMG--she's got a picture of it!


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