First - I can see why SOME permanently-injured or very elderly people ask themselves why they are "sticking around" (don't worry, that's not me - "this too shall pass"). This is all INCREDIBLY BORING AND IT HURTS, TOO.
Second - Many of you have mentioned how fortunate I am to have neighbors like Deb and John. I certainly agree and make it a point to thank them every time they visit or run an errand. And I mentioned to Deb how often all of YOU have expressed gratitude for her help on my behalf. She said "WOO HOO, thank them all for the kind words" (with thumbs up). And "it is nice to be recognized but I would do it unrecognized of course". Well, of course she would. She's that kind of helpful person. She said she has had similar good help in the past, and believes in "pay it forward. I sure will. So, I'm passing that along.
Third - The hospital has left a couple of voice mails asking me to call them about my recent visit. I haven't called back yet; I'm not sure what to say. Amdla2000 left a comment "This old nurse thinks that your ER visit was medically successful, but a total case management failure". I agree. They did some good thorough work with xrays/catscan/mri, but sent me home without much advice.
I am, of course, grateful for their work to gauge the extent of my injuries, but I will mention that (as kindly as possible). Also, the medical report they gave me is complete gibberish to any non-expert. I will suggest they provide future patients with a 1 page summary in PLAIN ENGLISH. Needing a medical dictionary to understand the report makes it nearly useless. A list of what all those blood test acronyms mean would also help. A list like that wouldn't even need to be personalized for each patient. Just a boilerplate single page.
Something like "3 fractured left ribs, 1 fractured right rib, dislocated right shoulder, pulled muscles on both sides of rib cage/hips/lower back/left thumb. Try to move around frequently, drink lots of water. A walker will help", etc, would have helped greatly.
I also want to ask why they didn't automatically do a covid-19 test. I know there was no nasal swab done, but maybe it shows up in the blood test. If so, they didn't mention it in any way I can tell.
Fourth - Cable TV is wretched! There is an old song "57 channels and nothing's on. Well, I have a lot more than that and it is still true. Even the free on-demand stuff is pathetic. I end up mostly watching CNN, MSNBC, and cartoons. I'm not a movie person (they are just too long). Thank goodness I have a lot of DVDs! I may order more.
Fifth - Well, I just got up, time to face the day...