Wednesday, March 05, 2008

This time with sirens...

I went back to hospital last Thursday as the now well-known Holly has told you.

As she said, it was not a good time. In fact, I died briefly while in the ER. Had Holly, my neighbor Ernie (who called 911, tried to comfort me until he paramedics came and was a constant presences at the hospital) and the medics known of my instructions regarding "heroic measures" I would now be, as Bill Handel likes to say, "completely dead." Instead, after being on a ventilator, intubated and virtually comatose between Thursday and Sunday, I'm still here.

And I'm going to rewrite the parameters for allowable emergency care speedy-speedy, Jim.

Words can't express my appreciation for all your responses, concern and good wishes. They were unexpected; when Holly walked into my room at the ICU with a thick sheaf of papers with your messages, I frankly could not read all of them at once, so moving was the experience.

Naturally, I am incredibly grateful to the doctors and nurses who made the right choices and saved my sorry ass, doing such an effective job that I was released this morning and am now home.

Most of all, though, I feel the direct I-owe-my-life-to-them connection with Ernie and Holly. People just don't get any better than that.

Much more to say. Can't say it now. Later, probably.

20 comments:

emd said...

Welcome back, Scribbs! I didn't get to your journal until yesterday to find out what was up...and I was horrified reading down to see what was going on. But, real happy that you made it through!

sundary said...

Yay!! Scribs is HOME!! Good to hear your doing better - and if I hear one more thing about you having no one I will come back to cali and you'll get an ass kicking from the fucking midget :P Good to know your doing better and yay Holly for putting up with all us psychos around here

Fitzgerald said...

Glad to read that you are feeling better. You had us worried there for a while. Hope you feel even better as time goes by.

EarlGrey said...

Scribmeister is back in da house! Good to see your fingers tap-dancing across the keyboard again! Get to feeling even more better post-haste!

Kim said...

Oh Scrib! So incredibly glad you are back and OK. Phew. I think you must realise by now how loved and appreciated you are around here.

Interested said...

Your ass isn't sorry :P

:D

Welcome home.

WhimsicalMadCap said...

Doing cartwheels and glad you didn't have those lines against "heroic measures" (love that terminology, LOL!) written up yet. You enrich too many lives, Mr. S!

Happy to see you back online,

WMC

Birdie said...

*happy dance!*

and I'll join Sundary, so watch it! LOL

Anonymous said...

It is wonderful that you are home. And I am also pleased to see that good karma can result from good actions. You have been a positive presence on SO many journals and it is truly a blessing to see it come home to roost in a similar fashion.

Fin

John said...

Glad you are home.
You have some very good friends close by. They are amazing.

corn pie said...

glad you're home and better!

Bree said...

YAY! Ur home! Im so estatic to see that you are posting your own thoughts. I was certainly quite worried about you. Do they know what caused your sudden bout of ICU fever? Im still sending loads of positive energy your way, and look forward to reading more of yoU! Take it easy, you've got a swell neighbor to pamper you for a while, so milk it!

~Bree

kashew said...

Add me to the list of those happy that they saved Your sorry ass. So glad you are back at home and in one piece. Them's some mighty special neighbors you have there.

Get well, eh??

Justfly said...

Welcome back Scribby =)
You are one popular guy!
I am really, really happy you are back.

Anonymous said...

"Welcome home" from Kelly and me, too. Isn't modern medicine incredible?? I think you'll find that these kind of extreme events make you stand back and re-evaluate yourself and your life, and make you grateful for those things that are really important, like your health and knowing you have many, many people who care for you, and those things that are just superficial. One day at a time, Scribbs. Get stronger, and write more for us when you're up to it.

S

TheLubeFaerie said...

Well I am glad they did save your ass! Take it easy and calm. You have some great people around you.

Joan said...

That's the best news I've heard all week! Hope you feel better every day.

Anonymous said...

Glad you are better. Darn you scared the delights out of me.
Roz

Kelly said...

Welcome home Scrib!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you are home again, Scribbs. You are definitely loved and cared about.

Gill