Sunday, April 2, 2017

No Place Like Home

Last week began with so much promise. I had the pleasure of visiting with my darling granddaughter, Annabel, and it was clear that we shared a love of gardens and old watering cans.



We had lunch at Rotier's, Nashville's "Cheeseburger in Paradise," then toured the Parthenon. 

In the wee hours of the next morning, I began to hemorrhage from my lower GI tract. On my way out the door, I posted a short version of Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I was admitted to the hospital, where tests showed that I'd suffered a diverticular bleed. Luckily I didn't have polyps or any other abnormalities, which was a huge relief. However, I lost two pints of blood, and it was very scary for a while. The gastroenterologist said I may never have another bleed. Statistics are in my favor. I won't take Excedrin or Advil for a while, if ever.
 The nurses were super nice, but I was so happy to be home with soft, cushy pillows and cozy blankets. There really is no place like home.

Today, a wonderful, unexpected event happened. I learned that a Scottish Terrier puppy will be born this month, and he or she will eventually join our family. After I got off the phone, my eldest son called, and he was so happy that another Scottie will be a part of our lives.


In the meantime, I'm on a full liquid diet, which is a bummer for anyone who is food obsessed, and we're keeping a close watch on my anemia. I had been feeling unusually tired for a while, so I'm looking forward to getting well and welcoming our little puppy.

49 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear this. Praying you feel much better soon and your granddaughter is so pretty.

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  2. Hang in there Michael. This too shall pass. Dream of better days with your soon to be new pup. Carol

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  3. Better days for sure, Carol. Thanks.

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  4. Sorry you had such a traumatic event, wishing you a speedy recovery, Michael.

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  5. Oh my goodness!! A wonderful day with adorable Annabelle and then that had to happen!! So glad you are on the mend and prayers for a speddy recovery. How scary!!!

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  6. Oh, Michael Lee! I'm so sorry to hear this but so proud to know you're on the mend. You will certainly be in my prayers! Your little granddaughter is so cute and grown up she looks. Congratulations on the new little fuzzy face coming to live with you! Take care my friend.
    Blessings,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. I've been concerned, so am happy that you felt you could post this message. Hopefully you are on the road to recovery and will be back 100% soon. Annabel is as pretty as her grandmother. Her eyes sparkle! I have a sweet little Annabel in my life too, and she also loves to be in the garden.
    Happy news that a new pup is joining your family. I'm so excited for you. Lucky little doggie to get you!

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  8. what better way to heal and get stronger than puppy breath and furry snuggles!!!
    so happy for you...I just know this is going to make your life fresh again!

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  9. Hi Michael, what a scary event, I'm so glad you're home and recovering. I have chronic anemia, a condition that hasn't been figured out yet. I lost a lot of blood during my latest heart surgical procedure. I've been having to take multiple iron supplements for the last year and just can't keep my ferritin levels up. no bleeding, just low RBC and iron. So stick with it, don't back off until you know it's stabilized. low iron count can cause all sorts of issues. Your granddaughter is a sweetheart, and I'm so excited to hear you'll have a new member of the family soon. take care, get plenty of rest and don't be afraid to say you need a nap.

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  10. SO very sorry that you have taken ill. Pray you mend quickly and completely. Just wait until your puppy arrives and starts an adventure with you.
    Special time it will be,
    d

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  11. May your future days be bright with good health, family, new pup and all the food you care to eat. Get well soon, that's just plain scary.

    Your pretty grand Annabelle has the most beautiful intense blue eyes - what a pretty girl she is.

    Take care, ML. Be good to yourself and listen to your doctor and REST!

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  12. So sorry to hear of your illness, but the puppy news is wonderful.
    Get well soon.
    Betty

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  13. Michelle, I have followed you for YEARS and only now am commenting. Get well, please! I have had 2 Scotties and they are the love of my life...along with a husband, 2 children and 4 grands! You will love your little bur baby and please post pictures and stories!

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  14. So sorry you had this! Many wishes for a full and quick recovery!! Hoping you can get back to solid, tasty and healthy food soon. A new pup is surely good news! Annabelle is a lovely girl.

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  15. Wow what a scary thing to go through. Glad they don't expect more problems. I don't envy your liquid diet but I'm sure it's allowing the GI tract to heal. Your granddaughter is a cutie- sounds like you two had a great day together. How exciting about the prospect of getting a new puppy! I just met a Scottie the other day and I wanted to take her home with me!

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  16. Oh my, so sorry you were in the hospital. Prayers for you as you are getting back on your feet. Oh happy day, a Scotty. Have a good week.

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  17. How scary, praying your on the mend. Miss Annabelle is adorable. Take care of you. fondly ~ Lynne~

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  18. Oh my dearest Michael Lee, I'm so very sorry about the bleeding that you experienced from your GI tract. Thank you for taking the time to update us on your condition. Your little Annabelle is such a doll, like her grandmother. How nice to share special bonding time with things that you love. What exciting news on your Scottish terrier that will join you before too long. Love and hugs are sent to you for a speedy recovery. Be kind and gentle to yourself!

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  19. Take care of yourself! How wonderful to have a new puppy to look forward too. We had to say goodbye to Dexter, our 14 year old wire fox terrier a couple of days ago. I'm beginning the search for a female wire fox terrier puppy. They are hard to find in Texas.

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  20. Oh Michael Lee....how scary that must have been for you! Thankfully you are on the road to recovery. Take it easy and rest.

    How exciting you are getting a new puppy. We are still searching for a new "baby" to replace our Allie who went over the Rainbow Bridge almost 2 years ago.

    Your granddaughter is adorable. And such a good Southern name too! I know spending time with her is the best medicine you could take. I know for me spending time with my almost 13 year old granddaughter is the most precious thing for me.


    Hope you have a wonderful week.

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  21. So glad to hear you are home and healing Michael Lee, I have been so worried! And a precious new pup on the way, that will speed up your recovery! Please take care,
    Jenna

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  22. Oh no! So happy you had a good outcome and home recuperating. How scary and had to chuckle that you were able to get your post done as you flew out the door!! Praying for a speedy recovery and glad that you had a great time with your granddaughter. Take care!!!!

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  23. Oh, Michael Lee! That happened to my neighbor a few months back, but upper GI, and he almost bled out. He had been part of a clinical study, taking 2 aspirins daily. Needless to say, he's off that now. So glad you are on the mend. Healing your body, and the puppy will soon heal your soul (and win your heart). ♥

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  24. Sorry you have not been feeling well. Your grandaughter is so pretty and lovely.
    Marilyn

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  25. Good heavens, Michael! You get yourself into all kinds of pickles. ;) Relieved to hear it's a temporary setback and one I assume you can learn to control(?). Hopefully, you'll find yourself fully recovered by Easter. Your granddaughter is adorable and her cowgirl booties looked so cute on her! Congratulations on your soon-to-be Scottish puppy. I'm going to be nearly as anxious as you and your family for your new pup! Rest well, Michael.

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  26. So glad to hear you are getting a Scottie... No other like them. My Bentley Buzz Beauregard, died 3 years ago, and I still haven't been able to get another. Everyone one has to go about it at their own right time. Blessings to you as your body heals.
    dw

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  27. What a scary turn of events for you! I'm glad you're back in your beautiful familiar home and have your new puppy to look forward to.

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  28. You are so blessed to have such a sweet princess to putter with! Your Granddaughter is such a cutie pie. I hope you are feeling better with each passing day!
    Blessings

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  29. Oh my goodness! GI bleeds are so scary. Thank God you are recovering. Please take care of yourself.

    I know you must adore your sweet granddaughter. She is darling.♥

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  30. I am so sad to hear this. But we are all very happy to know the prognosis is good. And the new puppy sounds wonderful. What perfect timing! Thank you for posting pictures of your granddaughter. She looks positively bloomy! It must be such a treat to have a grandchild to play with and to shower with love. And for her to have you as a grandmother - she is blessed indeed. Know that you are surrounded by the prayers of many.

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  31. Bless your heart Michael Lee..I am glad you are on the mend but scary indeed..Take care of yourself and get better.
    I am sure the hope of getting that new puppy soon will help a lot...
    Love, Mona

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  32. Oh mercy!!-- how scary!! Hope you are recovering nicely and feeling lots better by now. Get well soon! Happy puppy news-- looking forward to pictures!

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  33. I'm so glad you are ok. What a scary time. Take it easy and rest and know you are in my prayers.
    Happy for you about getting a new puppy.

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  34. Hi Michael Lee, I've been away for a while but just wanted to wish you a speedy recovery. It sounds like you had a scary time at the hospital. I'm sure your new puppy will help with your recovery-- nothing like a sweet puppy (or dog) to help you get through those rough patches.

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  35. Your granddaughter is precious! Hope you get to feeling better!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  36. So sorry for your health issues. That had to be very scary. So glad you are home now. Please take care.

    M.

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  37. Oh my gosh, how frightening!! I'm so glad it wasn't anything too scary, but you poor thing! Can't wait to 'meet' the new puppy on your blog!

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  38. Hi Michael, I am relatively new to your blog, but want to leave a comment to let you know that I am very sorry to hear about your illness. Hope you are completely recovered soon!
    We have two rescue Dobermans, one that we got as a puppy, so I am very excited and happy for you that a puppy will enter your life soon. Dogs are just so wonderful and it is a blessing to have them around us!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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  39. I am so sorry that you are having to deal with these health issues. You will be in my prayers for a speedy recovery. I am so excited for you and your family that you will be getting two new little friends, that is so special! Feel better soon!
    Miz Helen

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  40. Oh so scary Michael Lee, I'm so glad to hear you're home and on the road to recovery with little chance of that reoccurring. I hope your liquid diet is over soon :) What fun and exciting news about your puppy!! Take care, rest up and dream of sweet puppy breath. ♥ P.S. Your granddaughter is adorable.

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  41. Oh my gosh! I do hope you are feeling better at this time. Those are the kind of middle of the night surprises no one wants. Bless your heart. Take all the time you need to rest and recuperate! We will be here no matter. Congratulations on a beautiful granddaughter. She is adorable. And a new puppy....oh how exciting! My mother in law had a Scottie after my hubby left for college. Her companion pup. Ha! Thank you Bandwidth for helping your mother! Sheila

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  42. Hope your recovery is swift and you're back on your feet again! Happy to hear you'll be getting a sweet pup soon.

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  43. Yikes! I'm just reading about this - rest well - praying for your speedy recovery!!!

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  44. So glad you are doing better. Take it easy and get lots of rest! I can't wait to see photos of your new pup!

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  45. So sorry, these things are never at a good time, because there is no good time! I am also visiting a Gastroenterology clinic for ongoing issues, so I know how silent these things can be, adding to the problem. Feel better fast, you have so many that care about you! Sending healing thoughts your way, be well.

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  46. You poor thing! That sounds really painful. Get well so you and beautiful grand daughter can head out for more adventures. :)

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  47. I am so sorry to read of your ordeal. Praying you have a swift recovery. Your granddaughter is a cutie and I know you will love the new puppy. I had a black schnauzer that looked a lot like scotties. His name was Gaston and he was the most macho dog I ever knew, but he loved his mama. He liked to keep a tiny pebble in the window sill and pull it out and play with it in his mouth. He looked like he was reporting the evening news with all the mouth action. Every evening he would sign off as Walter Cronkite.

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  48. Oh my goodness, Michael! Thinking of you and wishing you a swift recovery. Do rest and take care of yourself. Sending prayers and positive thoughts!

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