Monday, September 26, 2011


BY THE TITLE, I mean there must be other topics besides medical matters, but I sometimes wonder. Last Friday, Bob awakened me to say that someone was here to draw my blood. (Not what one expects as a first activity of the day) So up I sat and I held out my arm and the lady was very good at her job. I barely felt a thing and have only the faintest of bruises to show that she was here. I must say that she and her working partner were unusually photogenic.

This morning I headed off to the podiatrist, so that's out of the way for another seven weeks.

This afternoon's visit to the surgeon is a bit more ominous. Except for removal of cataracts, I just don't have the word, "surgery" in my vocabulary. The one good thing is that this man has a wonderful bedside manner, everyone agrees. Thirty-five years ago he attended to my mother. He repaired Mr. Bob's hernia two years ago and more recently installed the port through which he receives his chemo. Too, he's operated on our friend, Roger, more than once.

Following the hernia procedure, when Dr. A. came out to give a progress report, he directed his remarks to Diane until I meekly said, "I think I'm the one you should be telling this to". The only time I've been his patient was to see if my condition was lymphedema and that's when he recommended a diet of "If it tastes good, spit it out." Last time I passed him in the hospital hall he observed that I'd not been spitting enough.

So I'm off to see him later today and I suppose there'll be one more medical report here before all's said and done.
From there, I'll attempt to give you a more varied range of subjects. I don't want you to cease reading Manorisms just because of what we refer to as unending AARP talk. If you're over 50 you'll know to what I refer. If you're under, you'll find out soon enough.

Cross your fingers. Say your prayers.

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.
                                                                                                                                                      Mark Twain


  1. They are indeed photogenic! What smiles! :)

    Best wishes this afternoon. Grrrrrr! to the "Less spitting" comment. :)

    Love to you and Bob.

  2. Fingers and toes crossed make typing and walking a challenge. Think I'll settle for a prayer, instead. You could make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, to mangle a phrase. Keep it up!

    Love to she and he next door

  3. No, no spitting out - here we say 'moderation in all things' and I still think that's true, except for laughter of the kindlier sort - no-one can have too much of that ! As for medical matters the Drs really start to get into gear with people here when they reach the magic age of 60 and THEN - Oh my - do they pick us over ! 'Don't put on weight' 'get plenty of exercise' 'no more alcohol than is recommended' 'eat 5 portions of fruit & veg per day' 'take the skin off your chicken'(as if !!!!).
    I've just turned 14 and gone very rebellious !
    Keep laughing, it's the best medicine !

  4. P.S. Really I'm 70 ----- and still a rebel !

  5. Got my prayers going........via heart and fiddle.


  6. Stay strong and do write. You NEED to write !
    A Non Y Mouse

  7. I hope today went well for you. I can definitely relate to the AARP set. Good luck, and I hope you get some good news!

  8. Keeping you in my thoughts. Wish I could do more. XO

  9. I do want you to know that the medical updates are much appreciated. It keeps my heart closer to yours and helps direct my prayers. Even your medical reports are filled with your special sense of humor and that is a blessing to all of us who will be facing these same dilemmas either for ourselves or our loved ones at some point in the future. Bless you for sharing!!! T.O.Joanne