Jerry's back surgery Wednesday (April 16) was a splendid success; the surgery which began at 12:25 PM took less than an hour, by 3:00PM he was up walking so we were confident that we would be back home by 4:00PM. Ah ha not so fast there, when he was unable to "pee", the surgeon had warned about this, a common complication for men of older years, during surgery the bladder catheter caused his prostrate to protest angrily, to swell and prevent urination necessitating reinsertion of a tube catheter and bag which threw a wrinkle into the smooth mix, delayed our departure for home and is a minor annoyance until Tuesday when it will be removed. His miraculous back surgery to push the spinal jell back between the discs was a cake walk, he has a one inch incision which was glued back together so no stitches, staples, and so far so very good. Minor swelling and very slight bruising where the muscle was prodded to push back the gel. Just as we heard, Dr Watts, the newest Mayo neurosurgeon is a rock star and well deserving all his acclamation. A genuine pro. We are thankful. Nevertheless some restriction of activities as all is not normal, not yet, but it will be soon. Thus I am busy attending to everything and the patient. Although I disdain people who use Facebook as a blog and write their experiences ad nauseum, I admit to using it heavily, especially because it is so easy to post directly from my smartphone or tablet and update all at a moment. Certainly I do not post the length I do here (unlike those annoying ones) but Facebook is a good way to get the word out toot sweet to many simultaneously.
|Shrine Fountain courtyard|
|Shrine Unborn memorial|
|Votive chapel at the shrine, first stop on the hill|
We are doing Easter very differently this year, I purchased the ready to warm and serve meal from our local Festival grocery and am now happy I did so, pleased to have all the trimmings ready without extensive effort on my part. This is a new experience for us; Before I would disdain this thinking "ICan can fix that easily" today I am glad to have it available. For only $29.99 we have 1.5 pounds of sliced,home cooked old fashion bone-in ham with sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, wheat rolls and fruit salad. There is more than enough for us and I picked up a fresh bakery apple pie onto which I drizzled caramel for desert, although Jerry sampled it last night, as he said, "to be sure it's OK for Easter." Yes less fuss. Long ago gone are the Easter days in California when we hosted huge events. We are downsized and with good fortune soon will be on the move again.
Meantime Peter Cottontail guards remaining Easter goodies array here. Yesterday there were Jelly bellies and pastel creams with assorted candy corn, all too accessible walking by..Happy Easter again.