Monday, March 8, 2010

Status Update

... specifically, my health status. Short version: to quote the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in an interview in his last few months of life, "I'm comin' apart." To which I must add, "The pieces don't look good at all."

Yes, the first time I fell, I really did shout out to Stella, "I'VE FALLEN AND I CAN'T GET UP!" Memories of old commercials never die...

I've fallen twice attempting to walk from the den to the kitchen... fortunately the injuries were minor each time. Stella arranged me the loan of a rolling walker, not really how I'd prefer to deal with it, but much better than nothing, and I haven't fallen since I started using it. With the walker, I can do the bare essentials in the bathroom or kitchen, if I plan ahead about 10 minutes for transit. And even with the walker, it hurts quite a bit. The one Stella borrowed is a really high-end Dalton, with four wheels, decent caliper brakes and a basket. It lacks one thing: a lock for the brakes. Keep your hand at the ready at all times, and don't carry things in your hands!

Needless to say, this is happening at a time of maximum household chaos, and Stella's career-related outside activities are as busy as they ever get. Think about the places I can't go now (did I mention I can't even think about driving?)... grocer, Post Office, etc. All these duties devolve on Stella, who already had plenty of her own. And she's not what I'd call a cool-headed responder in such circumstances. She would doubtless say the same of me.

So there probably won't be a lot of political blogging right away. I'm supposed to hear from my doctor and my accountant (death and taxes, you know) today, but I can't imagine the medical news will be cheery. Thanks for sticking with me through the rough patch.


  1. Stephen,

    I just have a quick question for you but couldn't find an email so had to resort to this. I am a progressive blogger and the owner of the mahablog. Please email me back at when you get a chance. Thanks.


  2. Hang in there Steve.I know what it;s like to be pretty well immobile and dependent on a partner for everything outside of the house.

    This too will pass. In the meantime try and rest as much as you can. I found tranadol was a great solace in my time of cabin fever last year!

  3. Tough being both immobile and effectively housebound. Keep off your bad foot as much as possible, drink, and find something to laugh at as much as you can. Hope the doc gives you some positive news.

  4. Never heard from the doc today. Stella, OTOH, had an earful for me. Advice? I do not lack it!

    One bit of good news today: I learned something about the phone spammer that calls me 8, 10, 12, more times a day. There may be a solution. I'll let you know.

  5. SMITE HIM!!!!!11

    The spammer guy, not the doc.

    And careful cyber pats to your foot. Get better, you.

  6. The telephone company should be able to whack your spammer. He may be able to hide his caller id from you but he can't from the phone company. I think they can actually block his number from connecting yours.



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