A FRIEND IN NEED IS A FRIEND IN DEED, A FAMILIAR, ALBEIT TRUE, SAYING!
Having to lie quietly on my back, with my leg on a pillow, for three weeks was one of the most difficult things I have had to do in quite awhile. I am so glad it is behind me.
One of the things that made the experience tolerable was how much support I had from family and friends. My wife, Julie, pictured left with son, granddaughter and me, took a month's family leave to support me.
She has a "No Workee-No Eatie" job, in other words, she doesn't get paid when she doesn't work. Worse than that, she is still responsible for the periodic deductions she has arranged, meaning that not only does she not get paid, she goes in debt when she doesn't work. Her support was constant and loving!
My children came to see me on a regular basis, even some of them living at a distance. Nothing can substitute for the loving support of one's children.
We paid Donna, the young neighbor who has now worked for us for nearly two years, extra to stay with me constantly making sure I didn't cross my legs, turn on my side or run out of ice water. She made my bed time and time again throughout the day. She was a big help.
Other friends came, and those that didn't come, made their prayers and concerns known to me.
I have never received so many cards. Also baloons, flowers, fruit and, would you believe, a banjo playing bear singing "Cotton Eyed Joe". And, FOOD! I had no appetite for two weeks although Julie cooked every thing she thought I'd like. Several times, along with all matter of prepared dinners, someone or the other brought me soup. I lived on that soup and fruit for two weeks, losing 26 pounds.
After two weeks on a very strong pain med, I commenced a week on a lesser pain med. I got my appetite back the day Beth & Becky, sisters and friends, sent me a chicken.dinner. People in Barberton, Ohio are chicken eaters with five chicken dinner places. I ate every bite. It was so good. My son, Mark, just drove up this week to see me and we took him out to a chicken house.
THESE WERE ALL FRIENDS WHEN I WAS IN NEED! Thank you one and all!
A friend for the longest time, Maude from my high school class of '48, could not come to see me. What did she do? She emailed me a number of "funnys" every day. Again, a friend in need!
Among the many was the following:
BAD DAY AT WORK?
When you have an "I hate my job" day, try this. On your way home from work, stop at your pharmacy and go to the thermometer section and purchase a rectal thermometer made by Johnson & Johnson. BE VERY SURE TO GET THIS BRAND!
Change into some very comfortable clothing and sit in your favorite chair. Open the package and remove the thermometer. Now, carefully place it on a table or surface so that it will not become chipped or broken.
Now the fun part starts!
Take out the literature from the box and read it carefully. You will notice that in small print there is a statement:
EVERY RECTAL THERMOMETER MADE BY JOHNSON & JOHNSON IS PERSONALLY TESTED AND THEN SANTIZED.
Now, close your eyes and repeat out loud five times "I AM SO GLAD I DO NOT WORK IN THE THERMOMETER QUALITY CONTROL DEPARTMENT OF JOHNSON & JOHNSON".
Now, have a nice day and remember, there is always someone else with a job that is more of a pain in the ass than yours.
GO ON NOW, LAUGH! I sure did!
THANKS, MAUDE! She lives in California and I have it on my near term goals list to visit her.
Take care and count blessings! Not the least of which is our freedom under Old Glory!