Monday, October 02, 2017

Mostly Jon-related

Jon's surgery went forward as scheduled and he's now recovering at home and doing well. I'm looking forward to a relatively quiet week in which Jon doesn't have to work. It's going to be tough after that when he'll need a ride to and from work every day. Our house, with its narrow doorways, rickety stairs, and uneven surfaces is far from ideal for a person with a disability. Our bedroom doorway is so cramped that the coiled TV cable behind the door narrowed the space enough that he couldn't get through it safely on crutches. That cable has been sitting there, in my way and unused, since we bought the house eighteen years ago! The first evening, I uncoiled it and tossed it out the window, and in the morning, severed it with a cable cutter.  (It is too firmly painted to the window frame to disconnect it the normal way.) If we haven't wanted cable TV in the bedroom by this time, I doubt we ever will. And cable is pretty much obsolete isn't it? (We have fiberoptic internet now.) Needless to say, we had quite a time getting from the car to the house after surgery and the post-anesthesia wooziness did not help matters.

Post-op and ready to go home

In other Jon-related news, I can now share that he's a finalist (one of six) for the 2017 National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award from the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care. We've known about this since the summer, but were told to keep it a secret until the official announcement was made. We'll be going to Boston for the award dinner when the winner will be named. Jon will still be on crutches then, and we're not flying together, so there are a few logistical challenges, but I'm sure it will work out.

One more thing - I haven't forgotten that this is something of a book blog. I'm currently reading The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell, and it is excellent. Gaskell is a great writer herself, so it's a pleasure to read. Also, she knew Charlotte Bronte personally and wrote the biography shortly after her death when many who knew her were still alive. This is what I read while waiting for Jon in surgery, in the surgical family waiting room, among all the other people whose phones rang incessantly. The ringing phones were to be expected, of course. The ring tones, however were a bit of a shock. I'm not out in public during the day very often, and most of the people in my office either have their phones silenced or stick with the apple default ring. I'm not trying to complain, but I have to say that if you choose the "Western Gun Song" from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly as your ring tone, (WHY?) I don't want to sit near you when I'm reading a biography of Charlotte Bronte.

Anyhoo, I haven't written about books much because I've been reading multiple books by the same few authors and I thought I'd do a post about each once I have finished reading through them. Which authors? O. Douglas, Margery Sharp, Anthony Trollope, and our old friend Angela Thirkell.


  1. Way to go Jon! Glad to hear the surgery went well too.

  2. Congratulations to Jon on the nomination!!

  3. Congratulations on the recognition--and I'm glad your husband his healing.
    I am finding a lot of solace in books lately, too.