Okay, updates before The Funny. Or at least – Before The Mildly Entertaining Considering The Circumstances.
I am back in Alabama, at least for a few days. My Dad is in ICU in Knoxville still and my brother is staying with him while I come home and work. When Dad gets out of ICU, my brother will head back to Arizona and I’ll plan on taking over for a little while. They diagnosed him having Multiple Myeloma – which is a cancer of the blood that effects the bone marrow – explaining intense bone pain, lessions, and stress fractures. Some of the bi-products of the cancer are proteins that clog up the kidneys. Hence the renal failure. He started dialysis AND chemotherapy yesterday. How is THAT for a menu? The dialysis may not be a permanent thing, jury still out on whether his kidneys will repair themselves. Chemotherapy could be really effective – a lot is still up in the air.
My brother and I spent a chunk of time in the ICU waiting room. We were having flashbacks to 2002 when my mom was in ICU for four weeks. Those waiting rooms are unique places because your loved ones are critical and no one wants to leave the hospital. Most usually spend 24 hours a day in there. I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about my roommates (although I didn’t spend the night, my brother did) and wanting to twitter my observations. But – due to the proximity of the elevators – our cell phones were USELESS. So, I present to you:
Things I Would Have Twittered From The ICU Waiting Room
- Some of the families in here look very fun. My brother and I are kinda boring. Maybe I should give him a noogie like when we were kids.
- Oh! Church ladies brought new snacks for the day. I’m totally going to knock over a few old ladies to get to the good stuff before its gone.
- I’m not sure what it says about the typical ICU patient, but there is a huge majority of smokers here in this waiting room.
- Someone ordered pizza to the waiting room. Genius for them, torture for those of us eating cafeteria food.
- A lady has taken over greeter duties after hours and does a great job helping new members of our community. She is our leader – I think.
- You don’t need a watch in here to remind yourself of visiting times. The mass exodus every two hours clues you in.
- Leaving the waiting room television on sports 24-hours a day is torture. Doesn’t anyone appreciate crappy reality TV like I do?