Been away from the world of the strange. That's not true, things have been very strange. Just not UFO, cryptid, Reptilian Overlord, Giant Preying Mantis strange.
Spouse just got home from the hospital. Two weeks in the place. Heart attack, coded for a full sixty seconds, warfarin (Coumadin) went crazy (safe range is 2 to 3, his was 9), five units of blood given. Then an endoscopy, and colonoscopy prep. That was an exhausting night. Then the docs decided not to do the colonoscopy after all. Then the strangulated hernia operation. Goes in for an angioplasty in a few days.
I slept every night in his hospital room. Entertained myself by keeping a journal, reading and playing on the phone. Beeping machines, various health care workers coming in throughout the night -- "Wake up, you were sleeping, so we'd thought we'd draw blood/give meds/take vitals" -- anyone who has been through a similar experience knows the drill.
All those jokes about hospital cafeteria food; they're right. Truly awful, downright insulting, although there has always been something comforting about jello.
So, things in the so-called real world have been exhausting and scary but thankfully, he is doing much better.
Nurses and CNAs are incredible. I am so damn appreciative of their humor, patience, and care. Truly amazing people! Thank you nurses everywhere!!!