The painkillers have made her equal parts loopy, groggy, and irritable. Her loopiness makes her forgetful and willing to say things in her sleep worthy of my status updates (my personal favorite is "baby fig, baby fig, oh, baby fig ... CHICKEN"), her grogginess makes her fall asleep in the middle of eating, and her irritability makes her demanding ... when she's not subject to mood whiplash, going from laughing at a joke to crying about nearly dropping an orange.
The frustrating part about this scenario is that she craves things—either material items, like clothing, or her favorite snacks, like olives. Today saw us go down to the rehab center a little over an hour away, go out to the grocery store in rush hour to get olives, only to have her eat two before realizing that they needed to be chilled. She did this a couple of times after surgery #1, with hamburgers and barbecue.
It's impossible for me to be aggravated at her, because I know that this is the medicine and not her normal personality. All the same, I do hope that she's able to continue recovering at the same rate so she can get her personality back, as talking to her now can be like trying to talk to a toddler.
Essentially, while given these medications, her sense of cognitive reasoning flies out the window, she's unable to distinguish between dreams and reality, and the list of things that make her cry expands to include things like not being able to find the remote control.
Rehab has had a few issues, mostly due to the lack of communication between nurses, doctors, her, and us. We had to straighten them out tonight and get everyone on the same page.
The worst part is that she was diagnosed with MRSA. Although the vast majority of MRSA cases are treatable (including this one), she took it especially hard, since in her time working in physical therapy, MRSA was right under Ebola in terms of scary, deadly diseases.
But since we've been with her for two months, I'm really nervous that we should get ourselves checked out; MRSA's still very deadly if it gets in your system for over a few days without detection.
Every time I think things are really turning a corner, another ton of bricks drops on all of our heads. While I'm concerned for my grandmother the most, I know that my parents are really exerting themselves too.
After struggling mightily to cull excellent entries down to a lone winner, Sumiki's Dad has chosen Portalfig as the winner of Blogarithm Contest #9: Vakama Eats Spam‽
Portalfig will be featured in The Adventures of Sumiki's Dad 2: Vakama Eats Spam, to be posted shortly in the Comedies forum. In addition, Portalfig will receive a signed copy of The Adventures of Sumiki's Dad saga upon its completion—signed, of course, by Sumiki's Dad himself.
Dallior08 and Pohatu: Master of Stone came in second and third places, respectively. As witness to the judging process, I assure you that the decision was difficult and not taken lightly.
Sumiki's Dad and Team Farm Animals return to the Comedies forum after a brief hiatus. With an all-new setting and an outrageous supporting cast, Vakama Eats Spam promises to tackle the tough questions, like "why does Vakama eat Spam?"
The promised feature of the Blogarithm Contest #9 winner will occur in later chapters, so I decided to begin posting the story in advance of the announcement on the winner.
Two days later, she's walking around at twice what the doctors thought she'd be able to handle and hasn't needed nearly the same amount of painkillers she needed before. Forty-eight hours after the first surgery and she was still extremely groggy, whereas this evening she was—IV hookups and hospital settings notwithstanding—her usual impish self.
She avoided rehab the first time—a move we acquiesced to because she's quite a homebody—but this time the doctors wanted her to do more extensive physical therapy to avoid the possibility of a third surgery. While I know she'll be homesick while in rehab, facing that as a reality instead of a mere possibility has only increased her drive to do more therapy and get better faster. By all accounts, she's on the right track, and ahead of schedule at that.
I have appreciated your thoughts and prayers over these past two months. If everything keeps going smoothly, everything should be back to normal by the new year.
(In other news, you still have a little over a day left to enter Blogarithm Contest #9: Vakama Eats Spam‽ if you haven't done so already. The story is done save for inserting the name of the winner; the results [and first chapter] should be out early next week.)
As many of you know, my comedy The Adventures of Sumiki's Dad concluded after eight thrilling chapters, and work has begun on the second installment in the series. The Adventures of Sumiki's Dad 2: Vakama Eats Spam is coming soon to the Comedies forum. So what better way to celebrate than a contest?
New characters will complete Team Farm Animals in an exciting romp through the BIONICLE Universe. One of these new characters will be the winner of this contest.
Your job: Post, in this entry, your reason why Vakama would eat spam, preferably in the style of Sumiki's Dad. Sumiki's Dad himself will judge the entries.
You have until Sunday, December 14th at 11:59 PM Eastern to enter, and only one entry is allowed per member.
(If you appeared in The Adventures of Sumiki's Dad, you are still free to enter.)
Unfortunately, the spacers they inserted into her back have moved and have temporarily paralyzed one of her feet. A second surgery is now a must if she wants to walk normally again, and it has to be done immediately before the bone heals around the spacer.
The scary thing isn't the pain she'll go through—the nerves, which caused much of the post-surgery pain, have all but completely healed in every place but that foot—it's the time she's under anesthesia, which was the root cause of the problems in her first surgery.
We all thought the process would be over by Thanksgiving, and yet there's still no end in sight. Your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated.
I hope that my activity can return to a more normal basis by January. Mindless diversions from constantly worrying have done me some psychological good, and in that vein, you can expect the sequel to The Adventures of Sumiki's Dad some time soon.
how to party with alka-seltzer and mean it
barbecued draperies: if you don't eat it, we cover it up for free
it's elementary, my dear cheesepuff
lips: be free or create asphalt
you can do things with watermelon
lysol for your sinuses
you've got a candy cane, we've got pretzel lampshades
He's the lord of all strangeness. - Ignika: Nerd of Life
How awesome is Sumiki on a scale of 1 to 10? - Waffles
42. - Black Six
[He's] the king of wierd, the prince of practicality, the duke of durr! - Daiker
Sumiki is magic. - Cholie
Sumiki says, "Do I creeeeeeep you out?" Yes, he does. - Waffles
Sumiki is a nub. He's cool, but he's still a nub. - Ran Yakumo
"What is a Sumiki?" You may ask. But the answer to that is still unknown, even to the Sumiki itself. - Daiker
LISTEN TO SUMIKI - Cholie
Sumiki is best snickerdoodle. - Takuma Nuva
BZPower = Sumiki + McSmeag + B6. And Hahli Husky. - Vorex
What's a Sumi? Does it taste good? - Janus
I would have thought Sumiki wanted to reincarnate as a farm animal. - Kraggh
EAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH - Kakaru
Sumiki: the horse_ebooks of bzp - VampireBohrok
Everything relates to Sumiki. No really, everything. - Daiker
Sumiki - hat-wearing ladies man. - Black Six
He's in worse mental condition than I thought. - Obsessionist
I'm just wondering why I'm looking at some cat dancing ... I suppose the answer would simply be "Sumiki." - Brickeens
I was like a beast, screaming through the mind of Sumiki at the speed of sound. I.. I wasn't strong enough to stop myself. What I saw was the end of infinity, through which one can see the beginning of time, and I will never be the same. - Portalfig
I imagine the 13th Doctor will be rather like Sumiki, at the rate we're going. - rahkshi guurahk
I was quite sure Sumiki had another set of arms stashed somewhere. - Bfahome
Note to future self: don’t try to predict Sumiki, he’s unpredictable. - Voltex
Let's be honest, I would totally have picked my main man Sumiki to lead my goose-stepping night killers anyway. We tight like that, yo. - Xaeraz
10/10, would Sumiki again. - Bfahome
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Every week, I post a new "Tuesday Tablescrap", a small MOC not worthy of a topic, but something to post and inspire me to build more.
10/25/11 - Duplo Flower
11/1/11 - Slender Man and Masky
11/8/11 - Bizarre Black Spaceship
11/15/11 - 2001 Monolith
11/22/11 - My Little Slizer 50
11/29/11 - Punching Bag
12/6/11 - Thunder and Escorts
12/13/11 - Three Concepts
12/20/11 - Kaxium Alternate
12/27/11 - None (Christmas Break)
1/10/12 - None
1/17/12 - Volant
1/24/12 - Nidman's Chute Shoop Shop
1/31/12 - None (Brickshelf down)
2/7/12 - None
2/14/12 - Atomic Lime
2/21/12 - Spearhead
2/28/12 - Glatorian Kahi
3/6/12 - Seeker
3/13/12 - Skyscraper
3/20/12 - Microphone
3/27/12 - Toa Vultraz
4/3/12 - Flammenwerferjüngeres
4/10/12 - Umbrella
4/17/12 - Lime Beetle
4/24/12 - Special - Flame Sculpture
5/1/12 - None (BZPower down)
5/8/12 - Purple Ninja
5/15/12 - The Original Sumiki
5/22/12 - 7/24/12 - None
7/31/12 - Tahu
8/7/12 - None (BrickFair)
8/14/12 - Special - Chess Set
8/21/12 - Heavily Armored Wasp
8/28/12 - Spaceship Drill
9/4/12 - Scuba Vehicle
9/11/12 - Orange Guy
9/18/12 - Strange Flying Thing
9/25/12 - Goblet
10/2/12 - None
10/9/12 - Aim .............................. Down
10/16/12 - Gold Bot
10/23/12 - Teal Mech
10/30/12 - Special - Teal Mech (#2)
11/6/12 - Bits and Pieces
11/13/12 - Two Spaceships
11/20/12 - TARDIS Interior
11/27/12 - Christmas Creep
12/4/12 - Toaraga
12/11/12 - Fireplace
12/18/12 - Abstract Duckling
12/25/12 - None (Christmas)
1/1/13 - Black Bot
1/8/13 - 1/22/13 - None
1/29/13 - Handheld Rhotuka Launcher
2/5/13 - 8/6/13 - None
8/13/13 - The Hinklebot
8/20/13 - Special - Post-Apocalyptic Piyufi
8/27/13 - 8/5/14 - None
8/12/14 - Another Chro Original
8/19/14 - Kanohi Zatth
8/26/14 - Miniland Hatpile
9/2/14 - S. S. Starfish
9/9/14 - Special - Claude Hairgel
9/16/14 - Green Flame
9/23/14 - Avohkah Tamer
9/30/14 - Special - The Havoc Wreaker
10/7/14 - Fire Snake
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Thunder on the Mountain
Toa of Vahi
WORT WORT WORT
Toa Kuhrii Avohkii
Toa Neya 2011 Edition
~prisma son of dawn~
.: WoLVeRINe :.
The Great Forgetter
Thomas the Tank Engine
Oh my miru
Element lord Of Milk.
Lexuk Toa Of Insanity
Michael J. Caboose
Lord Kaitan de Storms
Toa of Dancing
The Oncoming Storm
Toa of Pumpkin
Toa Zehvor Blackout
Lord of Ice
Zarayna: The Quiet Light
Vorex: Keeper of Time
Toa of Smooth Jazz
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If you learn one thing in life, learn this:
You should never, ever question why demons would possess a soda.
just a heads up - Cthulhu would probably eradicate mankind before bringing back Bionicle
so yeah, all I'm saying is, please think twice about this okay
nothing gets democracy flowing like erratic capitalizatION
[the NSA] couldn't say no when I offered them an ostrich farm in exchange
Sumiki -- nice try but we all know Toa Mata Nui stuffs its bra
have we mentioned hats
Shhh, I'm trying to focus on the negative to justify my dislike of history.
Also a long line of really great hats.
You have a great understanding of history, but don't forget, war, murder and other poor decisions are also huge characteristics.
To be fair, I am the one responsible for the invention of Mafia in the 1320s by seventeen bored italians locked in a mine shaft.
It's a long story.