Richard at the ER
Tuesday May 05th 2009, 10:35 am
Filed under: Family

imgp7582(Note on the book: I’m a backwards author. When people ask me in person to sign their copy, I ask them if they’d be willing to sign mine too.)

Yesterday I had a mammogram done, came home, grabbed Michelle and went to the insurance broker’s to sign her up for health insurance, came home and dropped her off, went back to the clinic to the infectious diseases specialist, came home, grabbed a bite and typed that draft–

–and then Richard said, “Let’s go.” It turned out he hadn’t kept anything down since the afternoon before.

Dude. You’re supposed to say more than “I don’t feel well” in answer to your wife’s questions before that point.  I *can* cancel appointments, you know.

I had a half-finished scarf in my purse, which certainly wouldn’t hold me, and I’d finished my shawl project. I had about twenty seconds to decide on yarn and pattern, no time to print out nor look for a hardcopy of a new one, so I grabbed some Kidsilk Haze and Shelridge Farm laceweight, a pair and then, thinking about it, a second size of needles, just in case (good thing!) and my book.  I didn’t think in the rush to grab the Jerome Groopman book I wanted to finish.  And off we went.

Urgent Care sent him to the ER at Stanford, where they wanted to know if he had (I kid you not) swine flu. Richard happened to mention that one of his co-workers was in the hospital and had spent a week in the ICU, of what, he didn’t know yet.  Lovely.

I got to row 35 on my Wanda’s Flowers shawl before my hands made me stop.

We had assured the ER doctor that we had Zofran anti-nausea meds at home from my Crohn’s flare, no need to go looking for an open pharmacy at that hour. We got home, I added that bit to the draft, Richard de-wonked the computer so it would actually post while I looked for the Zofran… And it had fallen into a drawer.  Took us both looking till 2:20 before we could fall into bed.

You’ll forgive my not posting a more complete story of the evening last night?

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What an ordeal! Prayers that Richard will be feeling better sooner than soon:0)

Comment by TripletMom 05.05.09 @ 11:01 am

Oh dear – you two! *hugs* for both of you

Comment by Mary 05.05.09 @ 11:11 am

Oh Richard! I hope you feel much better very soon.

Comment by RobinM 05.05.09 @ 11:23 am

Oh goodness! You had a crazy day and Richard didn’t want to add to it, I’m sure. Sounds just like my dad. Glad to hear he got to see someone, hopefully he is feeling better!

Comment by Alicia 05.05.09 @ 11:41 am

And I hope Richard is fit and well.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 05.05.09 @ 11:43 am

Well… it isn’t swine flu, is it? Poor guy. The Knight would have been whining LONG before that.

Comment by Channon 05.05.09 @ 11:46 am

I hope he feels better soon!
I’m glad that you’re relatively close to all the medical centers for such lovely days as yesterday.

Looks like all he gets is the tortilla this Cinco de Mayo. ‘Till he feels better that is.


Comment by AlisonF 05.05.09 @ 11:50 am

Oh dear, not good. Hoping that today goes better.

Comment by Renee 05.05.09 @ 12:19 pm

You know, it is perfectly permissible for the two of you to be in good health at the same time. Just sayin’.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 05.05.09 @ 12:35 pm

Sorry both of you had to spend time at the er. Hope he is feeling better very soon. Hey Richard, let Alison know when you are sick. She is so much better now and can take care of you. Let her!

Comment by Sonya 05.05.09 @ 12:49 pm

Oh my goodness! What a day..and night. I’m prayin’ y’all get a break from all the running. Hope your husband is well soon. And, oh, don’t let it be swine flu.

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 05.05.09 @ 2:24 pm

Wow! You cetainly had a hectic day! Hope today is more restful and relaxing for you….like just knitting!

Comment by Joansie 05.05.09 @ 2:29 pm

“You’ll forgive my not posting a more complete story of the evening last night?” Of course! I’m astonished that, under the circumstances, you got anything posted at all! Somebody already said it — it’s perfectly all right for the two of you to be well at the same time!

Comment by Don Meyer 05.05.09 @ 2:44 pm

Yeesh. I hope things are looking better today.

Comment by amy 05.05.09 @ 3:06 pm

Holy Schmitt! Did YOU ever eat anthing in between all of that?? Before I read the whole story, I simply marveled at you being out and driving and keeping all those appointments.

I do hope the tower of strength that is your husband is feeling a hundred times better today!! And both of you, take naps, please!

Comment by karin 05.05.09 @ 3:56 pm

My goodness! I’m glad you’re both all right.

What is it with men not wanting to admit they’re really sick, anyway?

Comment by ccr in MA 05.05.09 @ 4:04 pm


And considering how recently you were very, very sick, I’m astonished that you managed all that! Get some rest – both of you.

Comment by Lene 05.05.09 @ 4:05 pm

I’m glad he’s better – but really! Tell people when you’re sick! (Sounds like someone I adore who just got around to mentioning that his jaw is still hurting after a month. Sigh)

Good thoughts going both of your ways.

Comment by afton 05.05.09 @ 6:52 pm

Hugs to you both!
Love, K

Comment by kelli 05.05.09 @ 9:30 pm

No! Oh my goodness… I pray that you both get well!

Comment by Amanda 05.06.09 @ 3:14 am

Richard has got to learn to say “I am SICK”. I pray he is better today and you, too. Enough,already.

Comment by sherry in idaho 05.06.09 @ 7:27 am

I hope he is feeling better! Men. sheesh.

Comment by Carol 05.06.09 @ 9:24 am

What a day! good luck on your MASH-o-gram!
knitting saves the day!

Comment by susan 05.06.09 @ 10:22 am

Tell Richard that he’s allowed to say “I’m sick” and head to bed before he gives out totally. Hope it isn’t swine flu, but just in case, make sure you de-germ-ify everything and tell him not to cough in your direction when you hug him around the waist…which is all that you reach anyhow. Glad you found the meds for him. (Does he take two of the smaller dose for your smaller bod, for his larger bod? Just wondering.)

Comment by Karen 05.06.09 @ 4:54 pm

Eep! Prayers for Richard, I hope he is feeling much better now. And glad that the clinic seems to have had better answers for you.

Much love.

Comment by Kristine 05.06.09 @ 7:07 pm

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