silly sam

There was a little drama around here last night... I ended up in the hospital. Do you remember me mentioning that I was sick a while back? I finished a course of antibiotics last week but still wasn't feeling too perky. On Monday, I slid over to see the family doctor who did a throat swab and some other tests and ruled out strep throat or other bacteria.

By last night, I was that much worse for the wear and my temperature was higher than at any point over the last two weeks but even more scary, I completely lost my voice and my throat began to close up, feeling sharp like razors and leaving me unable to breathe!

Let me just say, the family would have quite enjoyed the "not talking" part of my affliction but Veto insisted that I follow doctor's orders and go to the emergency room in the night if things got worse. He also insisted on canceling his important meetings in Toronto to stay back with me.

Just to summarize because sick posts can get very tedious, I have several things to be happy about:

We have the one of the best health care systems in the world. Of course all systems have glitches, but I was seen with a short wait by an extremely competent doctor. I will tell you the story another time about how I snapped his head off a bit because he was explaining things in too much detail and I just wanted him to get on with it already. Veto will vouch for me, I was, even without a voice, a saucy little brat. Shame on me. But I am still happy with the hospital.

Three of the nurses who attended me during the night and early today, as well as the lab tech who drew my blood (I hardly felt a thing, he was so good at his job) were from the Philippines. They were so caring, helpful and compassionate. I managed (after an IV full of steroids) to visit with them a bit and each one of them had the same story: they moved to Canada to secure jobs in health care and will move their families here when they have enough money. They miss their children and parents very much. Note to self: be more grateful that we all live under the same roof. Scrap with the kids less about stuff on the floor. Be glad they are here.

I am very lucky that an old friend of mine was working in radiology during the night shift and the doctors sped the tests up so I could have my CT scan before she went home at midnight. Being cared for by someone you know in a strange environment is extremely comforting. We need to stop meeting like this...

I am so happy (and lucky) to report that my condition is not serious but the infection might be a little harder to lick than originally thought so I have a few prescriptions here to gobble down with whatever liquids and soft foods I can handle. The specialist I saw this morning put a probe down my nose and ruled out all the sinister things that cause extreme throat pain. I just need to lay low for a week or so... and I promise I will. I don't want to miss our family holiday in June. Veto made me promise to take it easy.


Lastly, I am thankful that at age 80, my Daddy, The Secret Weapon, went to his studio and made me a little poster of one of my favourite characters that he drew for me when I was a little girl. Silly Sam appeared in cartoons, on napkins, on the back of envelopes. He still brightens a cloudy day.

47 comments:

Leica said...

get better darling!!!!! thinking of you.

Linda Crispell said...

How yucky. I'm glad you are back home to recuperate, please take it easy for a bit.
Your Pal,
Linda

bamemories said...

Hope you get better soon...Did they give you a diagnosis? I'm curious to know what you have...I guess that comes with being a pharmacist...you never know when someone's going to ask you a question that resembles your situation. Learning from experience is always better than learning from a book! If you have questions about those antibiotics they gave you, just drop me a line. Take care and get lots of rest!

Rosa said...

Sounds like Sam knows what he's talking about. Hope you feel better soon. So glad you're home and had wonderful care. Take care of yourself now. xo

Anonymous said...

Get better my partner in crime.. who is going to plot the demise of mean people when you have no voice!! Feel better doll!!
~the~nail~girl~

karen said...

Please get well soon. Your dad is a treasure and so is Veto.

Saucy said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention: they offered to keep me in hospital for a few days until I was well enough to go home, and the nurse said especially if I had small kids at home I should consider it - they were amazing.

Janey said...

And so the final diagnosis was laryngitis with nothing else? It must have been pretty bad. Are you worried it will come back?? Take care of your Saucy self!

dragonflydreamer said...

Sorry you are feeling sick. Hope you are all better very soon. After reading this post, my husband and sons would be shaking their heads and telling me they told me so about the great health care system in Canada. What an awesome Husband and Dad, you lucky girl. Feel better!

The Vintage Kitten said...

What a relief you are okay. I can just imagine how bratty you were being, you are indeed Saucy by name, Saucy by nature LOL! Seriously though, do take care of yourself and get well very soon. X

P.S Can you say hello to the fan for me and thank her for stopping by recently (if you cant then write it down hee hee) Sorry I couldnt resist XXXX

Tricia said...

wow, I hope you're feeling better. I had a celebrity sighting today (the Fan and Loopy) I wish I wouldn't have been so shy, I could've sent something with them for you!!! You're Dad is the absolute best, I got all teary eyed when I read your post. My Dad just left for home, he drove two hours to come and see my girls in their school play tonight, and then drove back home, he's 76. It sure meant alot to us. Feel better.
fandyksman@sasktel.net

Taiya said...

Glad you got a diagnosis and are on the road to recovery! We are all sick here, too. Croup and ear and sinus infections, Oh My. Relax and get well soon!

Coco said...

You must have caught a nasty case of cooties. Your dad is a gem. What a lucky girl you are.

TidyMom said...

Thank goodness for Twitter when you can't speak! LOL your tweets in the hospital were funny! LOL

Hope you're feeling better REAL soon!

~TidyMom

Chris said...

Oh dear feel better soon , and do take it easy .
Thank you for mentioning our wonderful healthcare system , not flawless but pretty damn good , never had a medical bill in my life , for my family three operations, one intensive care stay , many expensive tests and specialty children's hospital visits , how can we not be grateful for that .
I wish you a speedy recovery .

Laura said...

Sorry to hear about your health problems, but good that you got a diagnosis. No fun to be in the hospital, but your Dad sure has a nice way to cheer you up. Rest up, and get better soon!

Renaissance Soul said...

My husband had this exact same illness, and in 14 years have never seen the man take to his bed, but he did, for two weeks!! The steroids and second round of antibiotics finally kicked it, but expect to be tired for a couple more weeks! Sleep, sleep, sleep and liquids! On the bonus side, he lost 5 pounds.....that never happens to mee!! Love your blog! Renaissance Wyoming

MJ said...

Silly Sam is brilliant! I didn't know of him!

Sorry to hear that you haven't felt well but at least feel well cared for and that's important too. Take care of yourself!

(PS: I purchased a mini-cupcake tin at Winners this week; seems such a shame to make regular sized cupcakes for preschoolers so I hope to make some soon for N's upcoming birthday!)

Jerri-Lea said...

Glad that you went in... also glad to hear about our new health care professionals. There have been a number of times that I'm glad we have the system we do here in Canada... my two darling daughters are proof of that!
Feel better, see you soon!
Your Dad is the best!!! I will fill my "daddy stories" through yours... how sweet. So glad that you have such wonderful people to take care of you and love you.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Aw, what a dad. Feel better soon. Drink tea. Rest. Watch fritter on TV.

The Shabby Princess said...

Take it easy my dear--getting yourself even more ill would be a terrible downer--and you don't want to miss that family holiday! Rest up, enjoy some trashy TV and trashy novels, sleep and try to stomach some chocolate ice cream--I do believe it makes everything better!

Tracy said...

Your Dad is completely adorable!

I'm so sorry you had to go to hospital, but glad that you are on the mend!

Now rest well and enjoy being pampered, Saucy!

SOINSPIRED said...

How scary for you. Thank goodness you went in.

Niki said...

Take it easy and feel better soon.

Amy said...

This is another one of those things that I wish little sister would listen to big sister. I wish we had better health care. I'm glad you are feeling better and hope you feel 100% soon. Your daddy is such a sweetheart.

Kate said...

Lucky? Yes, you are girl! Even with a nickname like Veto, he sure is a stand up kinda guy. And that Secret Weapon of yours has some kind of talent! Take this opportunity to eat as much ice cream as you can. There is a bright side to everything!

phd in yogurtry said...

your own personal cartoonist? love that!

Jenn said...

Oh geez - really sorry to hear that Saucy!

We do have the best health care system here in Canada though, don't we? Sure there maybe a wait, but when we get the best possible care and NO BILL for it, it's totally worth any minor inconveniences.

Sending good thoughts in your direction. Hope you feel better soon.

Jenn

Anonymous said...

Thank you, from me - to all you nice folks who wish my saucy well!
And Tricia, next time you see us - please say "Hi". We would just love a visit - did you notice Miss Loopy had on a hat?? She was having a bad hair day on I'm not too hot in the 'hair-do department"!! Another one of the hundred things we all count on saucy for! xoxox the fan

p.s. The Secret Weapon wants you to know that Silly Sam was printed from the very same plate that was used many years ago - another time saucy was in hospital. So, it was a 'vintage plate', hauled out and re-used - you Printers out there will appreciate that.

Suzy said...

Saucy,
Take advantage of the weekend, and rest up and be waited on "Hand and Foot"....Keep the little bell a ringing.LOL
Get Well Soon!
Suzy

Tamara Jansen said...

Glad you got quick treatment.....where do you live though. Can't be in Canada because our system SUCKS! Or is it because you guys get all the doctors and we have all the shortages out in BC?

sassy studio said...

Saucy! we are so glad you are OK and that you have VETO to take care of you. Call us if the Sprout and I can swing over a booster juice! Foster says he's ready to try to be friends with Duke again, he found a dog at old navy (plastic) that he talked to and patted for 10 minutes and cried when I pulled him away.
sleep now!
xox sass and the sprout

Grace said...

feel better soon!! Your dad is a cutie that is so sweet the poster! Grace

Jacki said...

I've been a lurker for a long time. I'm from the Philippines too and I know a lot of people who left their family to be nurses in Canada and other countries. I'm so proud of our Filipino nurses :)It's tough and you're right that we should be thankful that we are with our families. We don't realize how much we are blessed.

Janeen said...

Your Dad is the Best! I hope your feeling better in no time!!! See you back in bloggyland when you feel up to it.

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jkddz said...

get some rest.... hope you feel better and everything gets worked out...

3rdEyeMuse said...

wishing you well!! :)

SandraD said...

Take care dear girl. I am hoping your family will spoil you completely until you are better. How nice of you to be complimentary of the health care system and to get to know the stories of the nurses. Too many people take their caregivers for granted.

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Poor girlie!! Hope you are feeling much better now. My mother in law is having a hard time with an infection also.

J.G. said...

Lucky you, to have such good care (and nothing that meds won't fix). Feel better soon!

Jane said...

Hope you're feeling much better very soon, but don't stop taking the meds until they tell you - even if you feel better. Some of those 'bugs' are hard to conquer!
Take it easy and try to just sleep and read some good books.
Jane - Jacksonville

alittlebitofscrap said...

I'm so sorry that you've been sick. I hope you are feeling better now. Love the cartoon!

AwtemNymf said...

what a cute cartoon! I'll be thinking of you- hope you're feeling better soon!
Hugs!

Timi said...

Glad your feeling better. I had the same thing happen years ago and it was so scary. Everything started swelling shut. I have never been so happy as to come around after being knocked out by drugs in the ER and waking up in a hospital bed and seeing an old dear friend from grade school standing over me saying "I'll be your nurse today, is that ok?" I knew everything was going to be ok from there on.
Get well soon!

Q said...

Sending all sorts of smiles...
You will be up and going strong in no time!
Sherry

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Oh my gosh, this story gave me flashbacks of a similar incident that I had. I developed painful ulcers in my throat. I couldn't talk or eat (my two favorite pastimes).
When I ended up in emercency they said I had whats called "cobblestoning" sounds like an infliction that a shoemaker would contract. I had to wait till it left on it's own. you'd think with the weeks of liquid diet. I would at least have the consolation of a models figure...but not so!

I imagine your pops wise words with his sweet drawing will have you feeling better in no time.

Sweet wishes,
Sara