Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
But they worked :)
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
It never got old. Mexico has one up on us in the area of Crosswalk signs.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Something kind of funny, is Little Black Kitty LOVES this. As soon as I start getting stuff out, she is right there to help. Here she is supervising:
Since I can't let her actually sit on the costume I'm working on (which is what she wants), I make her a pile of stuff that she can play with and create her own costumes. I'm pretty sure that LBK is actually Little Burlesque Kitty.
I wonder if she even remembers that she lived outside in the cold for so many winters.....
Monday, January 19, 2009
Years ago, my best friend from high school got married and I was a bridesmaid. She sent us this velvety fabric and we had to get dresses made within the paramerers she gave us. dude, that was hard. I didn't know any sewing type people so I had to just do the best I could with a friend of a friend of a friend. So anyway, John and I head to Houston with Dress. As I was in the shower an hour before the wedding, John asked if I would like him to iron it for me. Yes! and Thank you! We had gotten an ironing board and iron from the hotel. As I was showering, I hear from the other room "Oh Shit!" John was smart enough to know not to iron the velvety fabric directly and held the iron and inch or so over the fabric to kind of steam it. The velvety fabric sucked right up to the iron and stuck there. melted to it. It pulled off OK, but left a giant iron print in the middle of the dress, right in the crotchal region. It looked like I got kicked by a horse. hmm... How about we just turn it around? The dress was a simple style, that might work. Then the horse kick was right on my butt, where all of the congregation would look as I walked up the aisle. So we turned it back to the front and figured I would just have to hold my flowers really low. I looked kind of ridiculous walking up the aisle with the low flowers, but it was better than the horse kick. To add the frosting to this cupcake of a story, as I was standing up there and they were saying their vows, the elastic of my strap totally broke, meaning that I had to squeeze my armpit really tight to avoid the dress falling off completely. Thank goodness everyone looks at the bride during weddings because me walking down the aisle after the ceremony? not exactly a runway show.
The dress never even made it out of Houston. It was left as a velvety pile in the trash can.
The moral of the story? Always take pictures when these types of things happen. As horrifying as they are at the time, in a couple years they will be hilarious.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Last night, we had a Sugar Q photoshoot at Vega for our upcoming show, Spanktasia (Thursdays from Feb 19-end of March - more on that as it gets closer) and I had to switch from functional wife, nurse and helper to showgirl. That means the whole she-bang: giant, curly hair, big make-up, eyelashes, sparkly lips, rhinestone jewelery, funky heels, tights, and costume! Most people who saw me in the last couple weeks would have had no idea who I was if they saw me last night.
Which actually, is kind of cool.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Also today, he got the staples out (32, for those who tried to count them).
Apparently, it's going to get all crusty and scabby and heal itself into one hell of a scar.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
and for the first time in a week, we got to have a snack together. We got to share a cup of tea:
Monday, January 12, 2009
The thing that we had to be careful of is that he would get nauseous. If that happened, he still had the tube through the nose to suck everything out of his stomach. but it didn't. everything went down smoothly. He had some sorbet and some sherbert and also, a couple cups of tea. He did have one issue. hiccups. He pulled a muscle in his shoulder and every hiccup hurt. He ended up with them twice and they sucked. However, we learned a hiccup healing trick that actually did us some good. If you have hiccups, you have someone put their fingers kind of looped around the back of your ears, kind of pulling up on the bone there and if stars align at the same time they do that, the hiccups will stop. Also today, the epidural came out. Now he has a button for pain meds. All in all, it was a successful day. We are happy that John is able to have some food. really. really happy about that.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
We are going for walks like its our job. It helps to alleviate the boredom, though not much. Something cool today is that we got to leave our floor. We aren't supposed to because someone could mug us for the goodness in John's epidural. (sad, yes) but we found someone today who was all "don't tell anyone" and we rode the elevator and walked around the first floor. It was awesome. We hope everyboday had a good weekend :)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
One thing that happened today is the nutritionist gave us a list of foods for once John comes home and can eat again. and there's even some good stuff on there! It was nice to just be able to look at that and know that we have some decent food in his near future.
Something else great about today is that we upped our walks from 3 to 4! Also, we think that tomorrow we are losing a couple tubes. The less tubes, the better. I hated the lotion that they gave us so I brought some from home today so now John smells good and so does his whole room. Also, John had me bring his clippers so he could give himself a trim!
Pretty handsome, for a guy with a tube in his nose :)
Friday, January 9, 2009
After our first walk, I had John stand up next to his bed while I gave him his bath and changed his dress. Apparently standing did him in because he was exhausted after that. good to know. So I went to get some coffee (I feel bad having any snack in front of him, since he is limited to ice chips, but I still have to eat and its actually more fun to have snacks so we can at least talk about them, even if not sharing them.)
Visiting can happen tomorrow between 12:30 and 4. Call me if you want to swing by so we don't stack up. No one can stay long and at one point in that time, we'll have to do a walk, so you may have to wait outside if we're preparing or just coming back. Every couple minutes his energy level can change so keep that in mind.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Today when I got to the hospital, the first thing John said is "today's nurse is no bueno.." (it's cute how we speak Spanish after Mexico, I know :)) and then he wanted to go for a walk right away. We took a nice long walk and asked if they'd change his sheets when he was gone and get us a fresh "dress." The nurse was ridiculously incompetent with even the simplest of tasks but the assistant hooked us up and even gave me a foam cleanser so that I could give John his sponge bath. We got him cleaned up and into a rockin' new dress and back into his bed to start the day. His doc had ordered some blood for today so with us watching every move very closely and the task taking twice as long as it should with Nurse Nincompoop, the blood was going in. With some time to kill, I busted out my rainbow of polishes to give John some fancy toes to look at while he was laying there. He decided on blue with a glitter topcoat. Viola!
John thinks the belly button is in there somewhere, I think its gone. Either way, it will be one hell of a scar.
PS: Mr Rock, you are beaten, and I officially declare the contest over.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
His progress is going extremely well. The things that are supposed to go down are going down and everything they measure is at the level its supposed to be. I have high hopes for tomorrow as well.
To answer some questions that I've been asked: We are at Providence in NE. Visiting time is coming, and I'll just want you to let me know so I can do some coordinating and we don't end up with 10 people there (even our rockstar room can't accomodate that and we also have to let the nurses do their stuff) I know a lot of people are volunteering to cook for us once we get home. Here's the thing. Food, in any real state, won't be for a while. He'll be on liquids and then to a limited diet, which even I'll be able to handle preparing. and the cat just eats cat food and the fish eat crickets and if you know me, you know that I survive basically on nachos and peas, so please use your culinary skills to make something for your family and toast us when you eat it. However, if you want to bring a 6 pack of beer over, John can't drink it and I have really enjoyed telling him how awsome it tastes. It will be even better when I can do it in front of him.
John said to tell everyone hi :)
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I have no idea when he'll be ready for visitors. I will let you know. They only want two at a time, and the rooms is small, so I'm going to ask that people coordinate that with me when they want to swing by, but I will let y'all know when that time is near.
We both want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and good vibes and everything that was focused on us today. We have the best friends in the world.
Also, he told me before I left to make sure to tell everyone "hi." :)