829 Southdrive

829 Southdrive

A New Jersey state of mind

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Humble Pie

There are a couple of major hospitals within a stone's throw of this
historic sporting venue.  We spent most of Friday in one of those 
institutions, and as always, we were most thoroughly satisfied with
the care that we were given.  Fortunately this time, our 
circumstance was much less serious, but serious nonetheless.  
Problem was that our cheerleader's right leg had been growing at a
 faster pace than her left, and over the last several years it became 
clear that something needed to be done about it.  My pumpkin's 
hips are askew and her spine is somewhat curved.  Now was the 
time, let's not put it off any longer.

After intense and repetitious pre-op questioning, the patient went 
to the O.R., having pre-selected her choice of laughing gas flavors
(tropical skittles).  According to said patient, when we were finally 
able to awaken her afterward, the procedure went quite
 swimmingly, and she regaled to us tales of the anesthesiologist's
demeanor and methods with which he knocked her out.  Her
stories were hysterical, and we looked at each other as if to say, 
'is this our child?' 

We learned years ago that no matter how serious your child's 
condition may be, there are a thousand kids with problems
that make yours pale in comparison. It doesn't take long once 
you enter that hospital to realize that you're not alone, and
that you should feel blessed with the minor problem you have.


  1. Hoping your cheerleader will soon be leading cheers again.

    One of my first ever assignments as a photog in training was covering Marty Liquori edge out Jim Ryun in what was at the time called "The Dream Mile" at that particular sports venue.

    I think Nero was still the Emperor of Philadelphia then.

  2. Pleased to hear the operation went well. Hope she is up and running about soon.

  3. My sentiments exactly, Baydog.

    Simalaca, firecracka, sis boom bah,

    Bugs Bunny, Bugs Bunny, Rah, Rah, Rah!

  4. Very glad to hear that all is going to be O.K. I know you've been a parent longer than me, but I am sure the worries do not get any easier. regardless of the age of your kids.

    1. What Manassas says. Plus, the worries don't dissipate once you are given grand children. They just multiply.

      Steady as she goes, Baydog!

    2. Also, I do not understand "Humble Pie", You and E. have the right to be agonize about your child's condition, no matter how minor it may seem.

      She seems pretty comfortable eating that Popsicle, I hope her recovery goes smoothly and quickly

  5. Hope everything went well, and she has a speedy recovery!

  6. Thanks, everyone, for the kind wishes. Rough day on Saturday, but today promises to be better!

    1. Any day they're alive and kickin' is a good day in my book. Best wishes to all on a speedy recovery.