I woke up recently and thought I was having an asthma attack. It is a condition I carry from the Fire Department. After taking a treatment I made the night in good shape. I was not feeling real good so went to the clinic to just have things checked out.
We have a rotating doctor that comes to our local hospital to give ours a little break. She did something that never happened down here before and put me in a wheel chair. They did tests and to cut it short I found myself in the back of our ambulance running hot to the Kansas Heart Hospital. I am not used to being on that side of the cot and I can say that gurneys have not gotten any more comfortable.
Turns out I have blood clots in all 5 parts of my lungs and behind my right knee. There has been an ongoing effort by all involved to tell me how close I came to not doing any more blogs.
When you are in the ICU you soon shuck your priorities down to the most basic level. Of all thing things I hold in esteem I did not appreciate the fact that going to the restroom, by yourself, is the ultimate in freedom. I do believe that the invention of the bed pan is that of a sadist. The view out the window of the gas service reminds me of prison, if I were ever there.
The simple pleasure of a simple meal not designed by a 'dietician' is another thing that we take for granted. I do know now how the kids in school feel about food.
I do know that I was just plain spoiled by the nurses and staff of the Kansas Heart Hospital. There was a great level of care and service that I will always be grateful for. I am not recommending that air bed, it tried to throw me out several times.
I do think that those who make the buying decisions at the hospital spend a week sleeping in the beds and setting on the chairs. I think things would soon be upgraded.
It is amazing how things can change in a moment and we are reminded that we are not in charge but do have limited control as to how we recover from these things.
I do not like the split tail gown. It is a fact that your dignity is left at the door but the people make the fact such a non issue that it is easier to concentrate on getting well and not how you look.
I am overwhelmed with the numbers of well wishes and prayers sent my way. I was not aware as how many friends I have out there.
I want to thank everyone at the Medicine Lodge Clinic and Hospital, Barber County EMS, the Kansas Heart Hospital, and the closest pizza place that I threatened to order in while I was there.
I am afraid it will be a while before I am on stage again but I am still working on new things in western music and running the family B&B. This will give me time to work out the OH YOU COWGIRL TOUR to come to a historic theater near you soon.