It's a good thing that my first Pegleg Georgie cartoon wasn't used by the surgery staff or they'd have cut off the wrong leg! But the hospitals are so spooked now (since that kind of stuff does happen, believe me) that before your surgery everyone and their grandmother comes in and asks you which appendage they'll be working on and they write all over the appendage you've indicated and then before they stab that go-sleepy needle in your hand they ask you AGAIN and by this time you're thinking, "Are they not frickin' LISTENING to me?!" Actually, his leg was amputated several inches above the knee since the doctor wanted to be sure he got all the staph infection.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present my father a week after surgery, about to chow down on what he considers to be YUMMY hospital food!
Unfortunately his $4,000-to-replace hearing aids were lost/stolen/walked out of the room on their own accord (the hospital refuses to accept responsibility for anything that disappears from a patient's room) but we were able to find a temporary replacement at his home but the replacement is so old that it's probably the first hearing aid invented after people stopped using those big earhorns. Apparently someone dropped the hearing aid and it's in the process of being repaired.
Hence the sign over Dad's shoulder asking everyone to shout at him. "DAD! DO YOU NEED TO USE THE BEDPAN?" we yell. "What?" he says. "I SAID DO YOU NEED TO USE THE BEDPAN?"
"WHAT??" "GODDAMN IT DAD! DO YOU NEED TO TAKE A S**T FOR CHRIST'S SAKE!"
"Oh, no. But thanks for asking," he whispers. "Why is your face all red?"
My sisters have been great about visiting Dad and bringing him lots and lots of food. I want to give Sally in particular an enormous shout-out for going to see Dad nearly every day after work and on the weekends. Dad doesn't have the appetite he used to have in his younger years but Nurse Sally still does. Those mashed potatoes? Sally enjoyed them immensely!
I got to help Dad, too! Here he is getting a shampoo using one of those waterless cap things you heat up in the microwave. They work great and of course everyone loves getting a head massage from Mistress Christine. When I told him I wanted to take a photo of him with the cap on, he said, "Well, let me make a funny face when you do it" so this is the result. TOO DARN CUTE!!!
My wonderful, handsome, generous, incredible Dad.
Tomorrow is Freakin' Fabbo Friday in VintageChristineLand. Have I got some goodies to show YOU!!!