Thursday, October 15, 2020

Yes, Virginia, there is life outside of blogging

As proof, here is a list of happenings that occurred in or to the rhymeswithplague household in recent days:

  • While taking care of my son's dog, a 14-year-old black Lab, last weekend while my son and his family had gone out of town, I fell in their hallway KERSPLAT! and it wasn't pretty. I made a perfect three-point landing on my left kneecap (badly bruised), my right forearm (scraped the skin off), and my nose (bled profusely, partly because the 81-mg aspirin I take daily for my heart acts as a blood thinner -- Mrs. RWP said she hadn't seen that much blood since she retired from nursing -- and partly because my face hit the hardwood floor the hardest). In addition, I am sporting one black eye and had to have the nosepiece on my glasses repaired by an optician. It was not so much a fall as that I found myself hurtling from the foyer through the hall to the dining room trying to retain my balance, which I lost while trying to make a large, blind, deaf dog go someplace he didn't want to go. Technically, I wanted him to zig and he was determined to zag. I am used to dealing with a 14-pound dog and this one weighed 80 pounds. The bottom line is that the dog won.
  • I went to a dermatologist to have a growth removed that had appeared over my left eyebrow within the last year. I thought it might have been some kind of wart but the physician's assistant called it a "cutaneous horn" and possibly a squamous-cell carcinoma; it measured 1.2 cm (0.5 in.) in length. Now we must wait about a week and a half for the results of the biopsy.
  • The tension spring on my garage-door opener broke suddenly and the very heavy door came crashing down (another KERSPLAT!) on the cement floor. Fortunately the car was not under it at the time, nor was an aninal, nor was a person.
  • The absentee ballots Mrs. RWP and I requested arrived in the mail. We filled them out, signed them, and returned them to the Cherokee County Elections Office in person because we didn't want to risk their being lost or destroyed by an incompetent or possibly diabolical postal employee.
  • Mrs. RWP and I ventured out to our primary care physician's office and received the "high dose" flu vaccinations for the coming season that the medical community recommends for older Americans.
Whew!

That's a lot of happenings. I don't really expect you to be particularly interested in what happens to me when I'm not blogging, but one never knows.

I considered including photograps of my scrapes and bruises and black eye, but I decided to have pity on you and spare you the gruesome details.

24 comments:

  1. I am very familiar with dogs who zig when you want them to zag and I'm also familiar with the whole luching, staggering, trying not to fall thing. What a shake up!
    The garage door could have been a big problem. I'm glad the damage was minimised.
    I hope the face, knee and arm recover quickly!

    When I'm not blogging i do very glamorous things like grocery shopping, washing dishes and going to work to send mail out

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  2. You have been in the wars. Let us hope a full recovery is imminent and cancel your order for that skateboard.

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  3. Oh my! Please be careful! Maybe you need to get a cane too like my hubby. He takes blood thinners too and that is the main reason I don't want him to take any chances. Those blood thinners make you bleed like crazy from the smallest scratch. Good luck with the biopsy, it's hard waiting on results. We have each gotten our "high dose" flu shot too. I just hope it works as last year Tom got the flu despite the shot, but I know there are no guarantees!

    Good for you for personally returning your absentee ballots! I've been nervous too about what we hear about mailing ballots. We are going to vote in person on election day as we always do and I am just hoping we are not in too long of a line.

    Of course we care what happens to you - we are all friends here after all!

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    1. Bonnie, thank you for the concern and support evident in your comment. I don’t think I’m ready for a cane just yet,.

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  4. Ouch.
    Your dramatic life is all too familiar though it is a cat who zipped between my legs which caused the kersplat here. If I was proud my pride would have been hurt. I am not and it wasn't. A few good bruises though.
    Take care of yourself - and hooray for getting your voting done. I voted early in our elections here. Early and safely.

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    1. Sue, voting early and safely is good. Voting early and often, as the manner of some is, is not. My pride was not hurt but my nose certainly was.

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  5. It’s been a while since I took a tumble....through my own fault or assisted....hopefully it continues that way. Here’s hoping you don’t take another one anytime soon. They hurt don’t they!
    Our local council elections are coming up soon...I’m intending to hand deliver mine also so it doesn’t get ‘lost in the mail’

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    1. Cathy, they certainly do hurt! Plus, I felt so stupid for a few minutes.

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  6. Hope you are recovering. The tension spring on our up and over garage door broke some years ago. I was rather horrified by the procedure used to stretch the new one to fit and re-tension it - basically pulling it by hand with a pair of pliers. I retreated as far away as I could.

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    1. David (Tasker), I am recovering, hopefully nicely. I need to find someone who can repair the garage door.

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  7. So sorry about the kersplat. Glad that Mrs. RWP was there to help. Hope the bruises are fading and I hope the test results are ok.
    We have early voting here, and it was my son's first time voting.
    Stay safe and well.

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  8. That was quite a fall you took. Hope you are healing well. I also hope you get good news about your biopsy. I jst knew you were going to say that the garage door fell on your car. I'm glad I was wrong. I also personally delivered my ballot. Glad you got your flu shot. You had an eventful week and I liked hearing about it.

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    1. Emma, eventful is an understatement! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you!

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  9. Oh Bob, you have been in the wars. Praying that you're healing well and that the outcome of the biopsy is a gracious one. Sending love to you and Ellie; please do take the very best care of yourselves.

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    1. Elizabeth, your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated. It’s always good to hear from you.

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  10. Apart from biting the dust - or in your case, biting the hardwood floor - from which I hope you are well recovered, you have had a busy few days.
    The garage door collapse is something you could do without...
    Alphie

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Alphie.. It’s always a good day when you are swimming in the comments stream. I will count it as a sign of hope.

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  11. I was going to write this: "You are such a gentleman Bob! Making up such an elaborate excuse for your injuries when we both know that it was a matrimonial assault with a baseball bat." Instead, I have chosen to write this more predictable remark, "Very sorry to hear about your fall and I hope you are soon fully recovered."

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    1. Neil, you are definitely mellowing. I much prefer what you chose to write over what you were going to write but rejected but wrote anyway. I chalk up the mellowing to the prospect of becoming a grandfather. You, not me. I am already a grandfather.

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  12. Sorry about your fall! May God give you quick and complete healing. I just decided to sign into my old blog this evening. It's great you have continued with yours.

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  13. How wonderful to hear from you after all these years, Jeannelle of Iowa, not to be confused with Eleanor of Aquitaine! Thank you for the prayer for healing and recovery. As a matter of fact, I am well on the way to bruiselessness (is that a word?).

    I have forgotten the URL for your old blog. If you plan to start it up again, please send me the link.

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