Scenes from a Health Scare – TMI Zone Warning

Alien ER

Yes, I did. I took a photo when I went to the ER just as Memorial Day started, like right after midnight. Because I am always thinking of you. And because I was a little concerned that the aliens we met in Roswell, NM were back for whatever they put in our Thai food when we were in town a couple of years ago.

This is the big what’s-going-on with Sundry post.


Turnabout is fair play. Hydra snapped this shot right after they aspirated a little fluid from my swollen knee in the ER. I took pix of him after his knee replacement a few years ago, so I guess I deserve this!

We were camping with Songmakers when my knee, which has been bothering me on and off for about a year and a half became unbearably painful and we had to go to the ER.  Emergency arthroscopic surgery ensued. Still no word on exactly what caused the infection, but a team of crack specialists is on the case.  Thank god House isn’t a for real doctor or I probably would have been killed and revived several times by this point.


Dr. Tom signed my leg.


View from my bed in Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, CA.  I think it’s kind of funny that I ended up in a hospital that sounds like it’s name was created to be used as a generic TV-show hospital name, since I do script research for a living, making sure that TV shows don’t use real business names, etc.

It was so cool that some friends stopped by to see me during my three days there.


What’s in your fridge?  Doses of IV antibiotics and olives at our house.  Hydra had to trade in a much-anticipated trip to Kentucky to gather with folks from his Army unit for the glamour of being a part time nurse. He’s the best.  (I have a PICC line…sort of an IV port, and he gives me a dose of antibiotics once a day.)

I also have Kaiser Home Health care nursing, physical therapy, and lots of fun doctor visits in my recent past and near future.  Feeling quite positive today.  Jennfier, the KHH nurse from Fabuloustown, told me that she’s had a couple of cases like this, with unexplained knee infections that cleared up and they never figured it out.


Along with the many wonderful cards, emails and Facebook well-wishes came this delivery from my framily in Songmakers.  I made a pretty dramatic exit from the camp out. Thanks to everyone who helped Hydra pack up the trailer and the coffee gear, etc.  Thanks to everyone who has reached out.  Kflight, the care package was a touching surprise!


One of the best little healing sidekicks ever.  The Artful Dodger is curious to the point of being a pest around the house, but he can sit peacefully with me for hours, making sure I’m okay. Sometimes on a knee. Sometimes on my shoulder as I lie in bed sleeping and reading.


Yeah, it was only a one-block drive to the polling place, but I got dressed and put on make-up to go to the polls on June 3rd. Tell me again how you couldn’t make time to vote, California?

There were a few days without any photo taking. I knew I was feeling better when I reached for my camera and my notebook.


9 thoughts on “Scenes from a Health Scare – TMI Zone Warning

  1. kitwocky says:

    What an ordeal. SOOOO glad you’re doing better and really hope it’s resolved soon. Hang in there. And hurrah for Hydra!

    • Sundry says:

      Thank you. It might be time for me to start being a pain in the tush patient and doing some research myself to see if anything rings a bell.

  2. Whew, Sally, what an ordeal! But only you could take such a nasty turn of events and turn it into a terrific essay. 🙂

  3. Las Weezas says:

    Excellent reportage…..treacy is right!

  4. Hydra says:

    “Thanks to everyone who helped Hydra pack up the trailer and the coffee gear, etc.” You can say that again. Our songmaker pals saved me a bunch of time packing up and I’m truly appreciative.

  5. seabluelee says:

    Sorry to hear about this, but happy that you’re recovering well, thanks to all that good care…and good, caring friends. And good for you for getting out to vote!

  6. markrhunter says:

    Ow … just … ow. At least you got a much better view from your room than we’ve had from any hospital I’ve visited in the last year.

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