This is me. Still too face-down to write much, but I shall. In the meantime, a fresh thread and a gory picture.


Posted at 9:31 am in Same ol' same ol' |

100 responses to “Convalescence.”

  1. Minnie said on May 6, 2013 at 9:34 am

    That color just suits you.

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  2. Dorothy said on May 6, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I’m guessing you don’t look in the mirror much. Considering you’re face down and all. I’ve got a woozy stomach just glancing at this picture. Thank goodness for the scroll down. In two months when I have my knee replacement I’m not planning any photography. I get to feeling faint just thinking about seeing the incision site for the first time when they remove the bandages.

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  3. brian stouder said on May 6, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I’ve heard of ‘takin’ the red-eye’, but wow!

    The folks who run Travelocity (et al) should buy the rights to that image.

    Anyway – here’s wishing you strength and patience, as the process continues

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  4. MarkH said on May 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Whew! Was worried there for a while when the site was inaccessable. Hope the procedure provided no surprises. Let the healing continue!

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  5. Deborah said on May 6, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Ouch! That looks painful. I was thinking about you all weekend.

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  6. derwood said on May 6, 2013 at 10:22 am


    Speedy recovery for all of your eyes.


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  7. Bitter Scribe said on May 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Best wishes, Nancy. We’ll miss you.

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  8. Mindy said on May 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Jeepers, that peeper! I hope it looks worse than it feels and that you’ve been able to sleep.

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  9. Judybusy said on May 6, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Yikes! Hopefully that doesn’t hurt like it looks. Thanks for letting us know you made it through the surgery.

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  10. Pam said on May 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

    It looks better than I thought it would. But it sure is red. Ask your Doc if your pupil is supposed to be that dilated. And every day brings you closer to uprightness!

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  11. Kim said on May 6, 2013 at 11:04 am

    What MarkH said @4. Phew. Wishing you all the patience you’ll need to survive the recovery.

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  12. brian stouder said on May 6, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Seroiusly, I think the photo is quite evocative. Nancy’s glance, and the color in her cheek and the set of her lips are just such as to indicate a considered perseverance on her part.

    Total non-sequitur: I just read that the fertilizer plant in Texas that exploded and levelled a good portion of the town it’s in had $1,000,000 in liability insurance.

    A million bucks?

    Which is to say, they were essentially uninsured….which makes that corporation essentially part of the “entitled” 47%, right?

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  13. nancy said on May 6, 2013 at 11:17 am

    It doesn’t hurt at all, guys. Seriously. It looks far, far scarier than it feels.

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  14. beb said on May 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I’m glad your eye looks worse than it feels because I almost barfed my lunch.

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  15. Jenine said on May 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Humor for the convalescent:
    We’ve got 4 kids, so my wife’s safe word is OVULATING.
    Mimi Smartypants’ latest

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  16. alex said on May 6, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Yay, I’d forgotten about mimi smartypants. Was a fan when I lived in Chi-Town. She can be riotously funny.

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  17. LAMary said on May 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I’ve had my eye look almost like from sneezing really hard. not diminishing your surgery, just sayin’. That look can be achieved many ways. It scares the crap out of people when they look at you and it doesn’t hurt so you don’t immediately know what they are staring at.
    Hope your eye doesn’t hurt and it’s working perfectly when it’s all healed and not red and horrible looking.

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  18. MichaelG said on May 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    As Mary says, there are a lot of ways to end with your eyes looking like two cherries in a bowl of buttermilk. There was a time when it was a regular Sunday morning thing. I’m glad to see you’re making progress. Keep your chin up, er, down.

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  19. James said on May 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Regarding the dilation, I remember that for me, they had me constantly dilate the eye with drops. So I think that’s normal.

    Nancy: you brought back memories. And not all good ones.

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  20. Scout said on May 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Good to see you posting. Spunky as usual, red eye and all!

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  21. adrianne said on May 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Giving everyone the evil eye, eh? Good luck on the recovery!

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  22. Prospero said on May 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve had eyes that looked like that, but it always resulted from a blow with a clenched fist, and there were invariably lurid oil on a puddle colors surrounding.

    Good time to exercise that third eye, behind the crown chakra.

    Glad to find you in relatively good spirits. I looked back at your description of what this surgery entails and it set me wondering. Who the hell figured out that treatment, and who were the first patients? Pretty brave. Like those first people that ate oysters and geoducks.

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  23. Heather said on May 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Eye stuff freaks me out! I will never get Lasix because the idea of a laser in my eyeball while I am conscious is horrifying. I am glad it doesn’t hurt!

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  24. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    It could be a good look with that zombie make-up you’ve still got around.

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  25. Dexter said on May 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    But you should see the other guy!

    Seriously, I worked with this old dude who restored and paraded around in Model T Fords. He also had a Model A
    and he loved driving that car up and down I-69. One day he got clobbered in the back by a car going the speed limit, and the wreck killed his wife. But for now, my point is that his driving around in the Model T allowed airflow to dry his eyes out, making the situation horrible in allergy season. He came to work and he was scary…both eyes totally dark dead-blood red/black…man looked like a zombie. He was seriously unnerving.

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  26. BigHank53 said on May 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Yarg. Best wishes and may you have a speedy recovery.

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  27. paddyo' said on May 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Eye-yi-yiii . . . do the Visine people know what a great eye-model you’d make for their next campaign?
    Here’s to a swift, normal, glitch-free recuperation. OK, so maybe not as easy as the cataract surgery I had a couple of years ago. I have no doubt you will be giving us the verbal stink-eye in no time.

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  28. Deborah said on May 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Jenine, I’m a fan of Mimi Smartypants too, I read her blog all the time. I’ve heard her speak in person, she doesn’t look at all how I imagined her. I figured out her real name quite by accident, she works for a place I had been doing a design project for, I put two and two together, it was kinda strange when I realized that was who she was.

    And speaking of other ways you can get red eyes like that, a friend of mine got that way, both eyes, after giving natural childbirth because she pushed so hard for such a long time. Now there’s a scary thought.

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  29. 4dbirds said on May 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Hope you’re up and about soon.

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  30. Kirk said on May 6, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Nance, how long until you know whether the operation did what it was supposed to do?

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    • nancy said on May 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      More will be revealed Tuesday afternoon, when I see the surgeon again. Then we just wait.

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  31. brian stouder said on May 6, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Presumably, if there were any bumps in the road during the procedure, you’d know that now; and if there weren’t – then things are ducky.

    So, I’m betting on “Ducky”!

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  32. Hattie said on May 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Looks OK. I would have expected more swelling.

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  33. Prospero said on May 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Nancy, as a Kickstarter on Wars of Other Men, I’ve gone on record that you’re exquisitely blood-shot eye should be in all of the promotional material. I am curious. Did your medical team say anything about marijuana? I can imagine that removing pressure from the eyeball might interfere with this procedure. I know we have had our contrtemps, but I have always found you a breath of both fresh air and intelligence, and three) a jaundiced outlook. Can you read books? can you watch movies?

    Which one of you heathens brought up Santa Lucia earlier? It percolated and then dawned on me Lucia, Lux. The light in our eyes:

    If you can’t read, Blow out the speakers:

    That’s sort of what Ted meant before he crapt his drawers.

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  34. Prospero said on May 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Can you read books? can you watch movies? What I mean is in your current situation.

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  35. Prospero said on May 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I’m trying not to be an ahole.

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  36. brian stouder said on May 6, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Prospero – I would never call you such a thing.

    If we look at a signal:noise ratio – some will emphasize the “noise” they hear when you post, but if you ask me, the “signal” part is impressively large, on most occasions

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  37. Cathy D. said on May 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    OMG. Fast healing.

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  38. Tim said on May 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Relieved to see that this site hadn’t actually disappeared into the ether, and to see that Nancy’s feeling well and hopeful. Best wishes for a fast and complete recovery.

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  39. Suzanne said on May 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    You need one of those red eye remover programs!

    Good luck!

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  40. MichaelG said on May 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Wow! Suddenly it’s raining like a bastard here. It’s so hard that the Satellite has been wiped out for the last 15 minutes. And it’s May and we’ve been having fires. I hope this calms the fire danger for a while. It certainly has watered my lawn.

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  41. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    That would be this heathen, he smiled.

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  42. Crazycatlady said on May 7, 2013 at 12:25 am

    How about a nice country ham breakfast with red-eye gravy? That’s some good eats…Glad you’re back!!

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  43. Rana said on May 7, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Glad to see you’re back, even if it looks like you’re trying out for the role of the Eye of Sauron. I’m glad it doesn’t hurt, and hope the outcome is worth all the hassle!

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  44. Dexter said on May 7, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Red eyes and Red Wings…Wings win in overtime. Hockey makes me verbal as I sit on the easy chair. Only playoff baseball if my team is playing also make”GOD-damn right” at the end of a win.
    Hockey is the most exciting thing in the world the other side of hot sex .

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  45. jerry said on May 7, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Glad you’re back. Hope all goes quickly and boringly – boring can be good.

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  46. ROGirl said on May 7, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Glad it isn’t as bad as it looks. An eyepatch could be your newest fashion accessory.

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  47. Prospero said on May 7, 2013 at 6:54 am

    ROGerl: Nancy was born to sport an eyepatch. She be a pirate. I’d like to contribute this wonderful bit from Margaret Atwood:

    For a while I toyed with the idea of paraphrasing Kurt Vonnegut, who told one graduating class, “Everything is going to become unbelievably worse and will never get better again,” and walked off the stage. But that’s the American style: boom or bust. A Canadian would be more apt to say, “things may be pretty mediocre but let’s at least try to hold the line.”

    I don’t know which of those two literary pirates I like best. Two superb writers, in my estimation. Nice, Nice, Very Nice. And you know what Vonnegut said: “Love may fail, but courtesy will prevail.”

    Eyepatch with the rabbit mask and the jodhpurs, please mistress. And that’s JP Donleavy, another literary pirate. Any of y’all ever read The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B? Merde.

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  48. Prospero said on May 7, 2013 at 7:04 am

    The rest of that Margaret Atwood:

    World’s greatest Canadian.

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  49. Prospero said on May 7, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Mortimer and Randolph. The Duke Brothers:

    Hell no.

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  50. basset said on May 7, 2013 at 7:40 am

    That eye does look pretty scary but it’s only getting better from here on out.

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  51. LAMary said on May 7, 2013 at 7:59 am

    It seems to be a trend in her lately. My sweet golden retriever mix, Poppy, died around three am today. She collapsed last night and her breathing became very labored. Although she kept trying to get up, she couldn’t for very long. The vet said to watch her and bring her in this morning, but she didn’t make it. My son Peter and I sat with her and I think we both knew the end was coming. From what I’ve read it was likely congestive heart failure, which is common in golden retrievers.
    She’s the photo I use in facebook as my profile, and she will be missed terribly.

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  52. alex said on May 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Deborah, near as I can figure out, Mimi Smartypants is a magazine editor at the American Medical Association and lives (or lived) in the neighborhood around Foster and Damen. All of which I deduced from reading her regularly for a couple of years. I used to get notifications whenever she had a new post, but that evidently fell by the wayside at some point and I fell out of the habit. She’s very witty.

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  53. Kristen said on May 7, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Charles Pierce lets them have it!

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  54. Dorothy said on May 7, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Oh Mary! I’m so sorry! Hugs and hugs and HUGS to you all. I’m so sorry. From one fellow golden retriever mix owner to another….

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  55. brian stouder said on May 7, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Mary, your news made me sigh; and – this HAS been a trend around here lately.

    Pets are marvelous and silly when you first get them, and then – all of a sudden – they’re family. They turn up in all the pictures, and in all the memories.

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  56. brian stouder said on May 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

    premature e-comment!

    Anyway – here’s wishing you and yours peace and happier memories

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  57. Minnie said on May 7, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Mary, so sorry about Poppy. It’s good that you and your son could be with her, so she could leave knowing your love. How exhausted you must be today.

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  58. Judybusy said on May 7, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Oh, Mary, I’m so sorry about Poppy. I am sure she was loved, and loved well in return.

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  59. Prospero said on May 7, 2013 at 9:28 am

    For some ineluctable reason I can’t quite get a grip on, Nancy’s bloody eye photo reminds me of this spectacular song:

    I have always thought of Melanie Safka as a Detroit girl, even though she’s from Red Hook.

    Il son changez ma chanson, ma. Feel free to correct my Fronch. It’s poorly self taught.

    And this Melanie on Johnny Cash’s show is amazing, particularly the Silver Threads and Golden Needles duet:

    I’m an adopted son of Worcester (three truncated years at Holy Cross), and I’d like to remind Charlie Pierce (for whom I have bought beers at Matt Talbot’s and the Drumshanbo) that Cambridge started this shit about burying the guy. If it wouldn’t impinge on my kid’s inheritance, I’d pay to immolate the bastard and spread his ashes out on Georges Bank.

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  60. Scout said on May 7, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Mary, I’m so very sorry about Poppy.

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  61. brian stouder said on May 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I think if the proprietress were posting today, she’d have a link and a comment about the horror story coming out of Cleveland.

    That news is at once marvelous and terrible beyond terrible. Think of it; your loved one is missing, for year after year, and the hope that they’re still alive now seems that much more possible.

    On the one hand, this would be a comfort; but on the other – what is happening to them?

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  62. Julie Robinson said on May 7, 2013 at 9:58 am

    LAMary, hugs to you and your family on the loss of your sweet Poppy. I’m so glad she had your loving presence all the way to the end. A friend always says our pets have crossed the rainbow bridge, and I find that a lovely and hopeful image.

    Did anyone else read this NYT story about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Sunday: It’s long but well worth your time. Among other tidbits I hadn’t seen before, his parents were divorced before dad went back to Russia.

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  63. Prospero said on May 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

    My favorite song about red-haired girls:

    Unlike Richard Thompson, we don’t say “red-headed”, in deference to the NYT stylebook. And they are right, but it sure as shit doesn’t sound as good in a song.

    And one from the Boss I hadn’t heard before:

    Sounds like Woody.

    I’ve outlived many non-human companions and it’s a truly horrible feeling. Mary, maintenant.

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  64. Prospero said on May 7, 2013 at 10:05 am

    How in God’s name should anybody that votes for this shitheel ever be allowed to vote again?

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  65. LAMary said on May 7, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Thank you for all the sympathy. I know this place is full people who understand how much love there can be between pets and their people. Poppy was still wagging her tail a little whenever I told her she was a good girl for most of the night. I think she knew she was leaving us and she didn’t seem to be in any pain.

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  66. Prospero said on May 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

    The Del McCoury version:

    Awesome. But RT is still the best. Richard Thompson’s ex, Linda, was red-haired:

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  67. Prospero said on May 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

    two degrees in bebop a PhD in swing, he’s a master of rhythym, he’s a rock ‘n’ roll king:

    And another guys song Linda Rondstadt had no bidness ever covering:

    like every woman that ever covered Poor Poor Pitiful Me.

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  68. Prospero said on May 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Now Warren covering the Boss? Not too shabby:

    Or Warren, period:

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  69. Prospero said on May 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Something else really good to listen to if you’re laid up, electric slide guitar mad genius, and an extremely good singer in my opinion:

    This is a documentary, with a great deal of style. I like Brute Force and Ignorance best.

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  70. mark said on May 7, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Nancy, TM(Eye). Seriously though, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    LA Mary, sorry for your loss. I’m sure Poppy’s last hours wre great- animals aren’t burdened with fears and doubts and anxiety about death, or remorse, guilt and wistfulness about how life was lived. His last hours were shared with the people he loved, receiving the attention that dogs so enjoy.

    Somewhere recently I read a definition of heaven as “the place where we are reunited with our dogs.” I like that.

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  71. Deborah said on May 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

    So sad LA Mary, sorry to hear about your pup, you have commented here so many times about how much you love your pets, I feel for you. It sounds like it was unexpected but went fairly quickly, that the dog didn’t suffer a drawn out sickness, which is a blessing, even though it saddens us so.

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  72. brian stouder said on May 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I like Brute Force and Ignorance best.

    Can’t decide if this is more Rush Limbaugh or Lindsay Graham

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  73. LAMary said on May 7, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I’m glad it wasn’t long and drawn out I’ve been through that with a dog and it’s terrible watching them decline and having to make the big decision.
    I just dropped off a big bundle of towels and blankets at the animal shelter where I got Poppy. They are always in need of these and it seemed like a good time to clean out the linen closet in her name.

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  74. MichaelG said on May 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I’m sorry about your Poppy, Mary, but I know she had a loved and loving live and yes, I agree that they know.

    Jaycee Dugard, the three women and a child in Cleveland, you have to wonder how many more are out there.

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  75. Dexter said on May 7, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    LA Mary, my beloved P-Dogg was just 10 years 10 months old when the same thing happened. The room was cool but she got down from her spot on the couch, panting and struggling, and just lay down on the carpet and quit breathing. This was in July of 2009 and I still think of her when I walk the new Labbie. P-Dogg would walk beside me with no restraints when we went to the fields and woods. Pogo the new dog must always be doubly-restrained because she is a runner. Numerous training sessions later, she still is a crazy runner.
    I would not have gotten another dog, but my daughter rescued Pogo from death row. Now, of course, Pogo is with me probably 95% of the time.
    Best wishes.

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  76. Jolene said on May 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Jaycee Dugard, the three women and a child in Cleveland, you have to wonder how many more are out there.

    I wondered that too, Michael. Humans . . . what a species. We have Beethoven, Einstein, Jonas Salk, and . . . Ariel Castro. Hard to believe they are made of the same stuff.

    I join the earlier posters in sending my condolences, LAMary. Sounds like you have lots of great memories of Poppy. I hope they are a comfort to you.

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  77. Prospero said on May 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Brian: It’s a fine comment on either. And it was a fine Oirish boy from way back. That is decidedly how to play the guitar. And I feel sad for Mary’s pup.

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  78. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Grace and peace to you, LAMary. Sorry for the loss in what’s been a tough year for you.

    We’re on a roll this week for parents and custodial grandparents wanting to give up their kids. No, I mean give up on, and give over. Which is separate from involuntary removal ex parte orders, which we’ve had five of this *week* — it’s not a good spring for parenting in this neck of the woods.

    Me, I go home and hug my kid, even if he doesn’t like it. If you knew the stated reasons given by some of these parents, you’d be gape-jawed with bafflement, and then anger. It’s not at all the stuff you’d expect to hear when you ask “So let’s calm down a moment, and tell me again why you want to leave your child here at the court.” 12 and 14 and 15 year olds, standing nearby with looks of weary resignation. I can call the real problem in these cases “un-addressed mental health issues of the parent” and it still doesn’t tell me what to do, especially when the bio-mom or whomever is providing adequate nutrition, not physically endangering the child, or meets basic competency standards.

    Anyone feeling like becoming a foster parent? It’s a growth industry. At least in Ohio.

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  79. Connie said on May 7, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    My condolences to LAMary. My old man Shih Tzu died of congestive heart failure after taking his pills for over a year. It was so sad to hear him cough. That was the first time I have ever held my dog while they gave him the shot. He was my dog, he picked me. Our current Molly the mad mini schnauzer picked my husband and she is unquestionable his dog. She is wild runaway who will escape at any occasion.

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  80. Candlepick said on May 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Like all, I wish Nancy good news about the results and a speedy recovery. In addition, I think the photograph is wondrous and beautiful–like something painted by Chuck Close. It will be a fine souvenir to look back upon. “Look” and “back,” both being welcome words in the context.

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  81. Deborah said on May 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I agree about the wonderful photograph, as horrific as the bloody eye is, there is a sweet quality to the whole composition. It conveys a vulnerability that is touching and peaceful in a surprising way. Hard to explain.

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  82. Jolene said on May 7, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I like the photo too. There’s a softness and vulnerability to it that contrasts with Nancy’s usual kickass way of speaking, but comes over us all when we are sick or injured.

    I’m about to go, as they say, under the knife myself. Endometrial cancer diagnosed a couple weeks ago. Surgery on Thursday. A one-night stay in the hospital followed by 2-3 weeks of limited activity at home. According to the surgeon, in 80% of cases, no treatment is needed beyond the surgery, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for that.

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  83. LAMary said on May 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    The thing about the photograph is that at least to me the bloodiness doesn’t suggest violence. Deborah is right about the vulnerability. A fragile sort of air of toughness if that makes any sense,

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  84. Snarkworth said on May 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Jolene, this breast cancer survivor sends warm thoughts and crossed fingers. Sounds like you have the right attitude and you’ll be good as new in no time.

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  85. brian stouder said on May 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Jolene – I join Snarkworth in admiring your resolve and wishing you all the best.

    This place – the people here – grow(s) on you, y’know?

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  86. Judybusy said on May 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Jolene, I sure hope you are part of the 80%!

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  87. Deborah said on May 7, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Jolene, thanks for telling us here about this surgery you will be having soon. I wish you the best, sounds like it will be.

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  88. Julie Robinson said on May 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Jolene, my thoughts and prayers will be with you also. One night in the hospital? I really hope that means it’s laparoscopic.

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  89. Jolene said on May 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Yes, definitely laparoscopic, and robotic too.

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  90. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on May 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I like “no treatment beyond the surgery.” Not as much as “benign,” but it’s a close second. Blessings, Jolene.

    As you’ve likely wanted to learn more about:

    Jebf Cana, NPR News.

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  91. MichaelG said on May 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    The best for you, Jolene. We’re all pulling for you. What a great family this place is.

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  92. Dorothy said on May 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Oh dear, Jolene. Fingers, toes and eyes crossed for an excellent outcome. Seems I hear about a new cancer diagnosis among my acquaintances every few days lately. Will have you on my mind a great deal on Thursday.

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  93. Sherri said on May 7, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Hope all goes well, Jolene.

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  94. Dexter said on May 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Christians would tell you God’s will will prevail. Online acquaintances say “sending good thoughts your way.”

    Old farmers I grew up around would say “you’ll be fine, God-willng and the creek don’t rise.”

    Recovering AA people would smother you with hugs.

    Most of my identities were retired long before I retired from work: student, soldier, sort-of-hippie, dedicated factory hand…so what do I say to an online pal who just revealed she has scheduled cancer surgery? Cat done got my tongue.

    So don’t let this damnable cancer get you down, Jolene, don’t you do it! Some of us nn.c ers will be praying for you and some of us will be sending positive thoughts your way. Some of us will be worried about you and some of us will be scared for you ; some of us will be deeply concerned .
    We all want a full report when you can post it; we all care.
    We all love you the way these nutty forums and blogs allow us to. We’re all on your side. And those positive thoughts? They’re prayers too. Some folks are just a little shy.

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  95. Jolene said on May 8, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Gosh, Dexter, what a sweet post. Thanks to you and all for the good wishes. I’m confident, really, that I’m going to be fine.

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  96. Jenine said on May 8, 2013 at 9:44 am

    @Jefftmmo: loved the Atlantic article. I often chant Ofeibea Quist-Arcton to myself after hearing her signoff. Although never having seen if before, I had spelled it differently in my head.

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  97. Rana said on May 9, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    LAMary – I’m sorry I didn’t see that earlier. I’m so sorry about your dog.

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  98. Rana said on May 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Jolene – I’ll send positive energy your way. Hope it turns out well.

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  99. June Carr said on May 11, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Holy Crap that look so sore. I’m a friend of Jenny’s and she sent this to her friends and I’m just now looking at it. Ouch is all I can say and I hope your doing better by now. Will pray for you. God Bless

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