November 23, 2003

Sunday Update

From Elizabeth:

Maddy had a good night with a Benedryl-induced sleep. Also, she
feels less foggy -- "less like I'm stranded on an island in the
middle of my brain."

According to the doctors, she looks too healthy and has too
much perkiness for her pneumonia to be the life-threatening
fungal kind. Good news there.

According to her oncologist, she's "doing well."

Jason, Maddy wants you to know she is finally going bald.

And Paul, Maddy greatly appreciates your work with her blog and
your sending her the anesthetic mouthwash.

I've purchased a digital clock for her from the Maddy Fund. Its
display is about 10 inches wide, not only time, but date and day
of the week. I'm hoping this will help counteract the "ICU

Her tremors make it difficult for her to drink without
simultaneously giving herself a bath. Maddy says if she had the
cheekbones, she'd remind people of Katherine Hepburn.

The composite birthday card done by Harry is a big hit. She wants
to get it framed.

She had a horrible encounter last night with a dreadful CAT-scan
technician. She explained when she arrived there that she was
nauseous, to the point where she had a bucket with her to throw up
in. This clod sat by her eating a huge sandwich and burping.

While positioning her for the scan, he could not get the footplate
to lock in place. He kept shoving it toward her, hitting her leg
and hurting her. She told him to stop huring her like that, she
cried "Ouch!" each time he did it. He got angry and shouted at
her that it was her fault. The fourth time he banged the plate
into her leg, she hit him.

The miserable bully was stunned at one of his victims fighting
back. Maddy expects him to file a complaint against her, and she's
going to do the same for him.


Posted by ptomblin at November 23, 2003 03:41 PM

You can get better CAT scans with a kind word and a gun than with just a kind word.

Posted by: Paul Tomblin at November 23, 2003 04:43 PM

You know, if she'd had a handgun, the technician would have been much more conscientious.

Posted by: Charlatan Heston at November 23, 2003 04:36 PM

The fourth time he banged the plate
into her leg, she hit him.

Good for her. There's a dance in the old dame yet.

Posted by: Phil Gustafson at November 23, 2003 03:47 PM
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