Apparently Russ Is Not A Fan Of Hospitals

OK, I’m in a giant hurry because we are trying to get on the road to get to Arkansas, but I could not resist posting this!

So, a couple of days ago Russ had surgery to remove a benign thingy on his adrenal gland. He has never spent the night in a hospital, and has never had any kind of surgery, so he was a little apprehensive. We originally had been told this was an outpatient, probably laparoscopic, slam bam thank you Dr. kind of surgery– but the night before he went in, a nurse on the phone casually referred to his “overnight hospital stay” which sorta freaked both of us out a little.

Long story ever-so-slightly shorter, the surgery went just fine, the thingy was definitely benign, and after some time in recovery Russ was wheeled down to his room. HOWEVER, the anesthesia gave him a giant migraine and also, in the words of the nurse practitioner, “his surgical pain got a little ahead of his pain meds” which basically means that poor boy was in a world of pain when I walked into his room. He was still kind of drugged up and dozing, his mouth was in a big ol’ frowny-face grimace, his entire body was tensed, his back was kind of arched… It was really hard to witness.

Until I looked down at his hand.

His poor little hand was all puffed up (apparently he doesn’t tolerate IVs very well either), but even in his unconscious state he was able to express his feelings about the entire experience…

Kind of says it all, doesn’t it?!

And yes, I know there is something really wrong with a person who would start giggling hysterically and digging around in her purse to take a picture of this with her phone while her beloved husband of 35 years is suffering on his bed of affliction, but come on– that is funny, I don’t care who you are!

P.S. He’s doing great, incisions look good, pain is very manageable and we are heading home for Christmas. More later!

13 Responses

  1. Phyllis S

    Thanks for your WARPED sense of humor, you just made my day!

    Prayers are with you as you travel. Have a Blessed Christmas and a Very Happy New Year.


  2. DonnaMariePatterson

    and this is why we love you!!! On the flip side, praise God for good news (benign) and for a quick recovery. Sending prayers for safe traveling and a very, merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. LindaB

    ROFLOL That’s my feeling about hospitals exactly! They suck! (Unless, of course, you’re in need of medical attention to save your life!)

    I have to ask……..did anyone recognize him as a Grammy-winning living legend of gospel and contemporary music while he was there? Did they ask him to sing just one little song before they knocked him out? Did his hand swell from signing so many autographs? Just asking.

    Drive carefully and have a great time in Arkansas! Merry Christmas!!

  4. Bill Strebler

    Poor Russ! So weak he couldn’t even wave with his whole hand. Driving can cause that as well. People’s hands get so tired from holding onto that wheel that they can’t even wave with their whole hand in response to a friendly “hello, how are you doing today? By the way, you just nearly killed me and my family with your bad driving” honk.

    I mentioned the other day you all should come down here to get away from that traffic. Well, right after I said that the word apparently got around, and everybody and their grandmother decided to get out and park in the middle of the road, but I see you got word since you did the prudent thing and decided to only come half way here. I hope you all have a pleasant trip, free of pain, discomfort, holiday mall traffic and undesirable gestures. I am making one more unavoidable excursion out onto the highway today, and I guess to church on Sunday, then I’m hoping I can just stay at home the rest of the year and write music, practice my instruments, and work on my greenhouse.

  5. delightedabroad

    I know exactly how it felt… (got an extra dose of anaesthesia and painkillers during my surgery). Praying for quick recovery without pain and discomfort. Have a merry, merry Christmas !!!

  6. BrownEyedGirl

    awe .. Poor Russ. that is funny though..:o) Heal quickly
    Merry Christmas to all of you

    Greetings from Wendy in OH

  7. gracelynn

    ROTFL That is too good! That is PRECISELY how I feel about the entire medical system at the moment myself. I’m just so glad Russ is doing better now. His poor hand….so swollen! Praying you all have a Merry Christmas and praising God that the thingy was benign!!

  8. LindaB

    Tori, if you ever have to have surgery, God forbid, I hope Russ has his video camera handy! That oughta be SOMETHING! LOL

  9. LindaB

    Just thinking about that makes me blush! ;)

  10. LindaB

    Merry Christmas to all you Babybloomr’s out there! Have a wonderful day! I love all of you!

  11. bettyrwoodward

    Happy Christmas to you Linda and all of you. Hope Tori, Russ and the girls have a fantastic day.

  12. Barbara M. Lloyd

    Bless his sweet heart…..someone is taking advantage of my Russ. Poor baby.

    Adding my Merry Christmas wishes to y’all!

  13. Gramma Jac

    A little late in the day–but MERRY CHRISTMAS to all!!

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