This is Marilyn’s 6th full day back home after complex heart valve surgery at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. We’re both tired. Marilyn for multiple reasons, me just for fatigue. So, this is a short update. It’s a day for watching silly movies that don’t tax our minds. So far, we’ve seen “Hot Shots! Part Deux” and “Airplane!” The stack of waiting movies includes  “Galaxy Quest,” “Crazy People,” “The Court Jester” and a deluxe set of Mel Brooks comedies.

Marilyn is moving around more on her own. Slowly but without assistance. We received a truly nice gift from an old friend. One of those elongated bathroom seat risers with removable arms. It enables Marilyn to take care of business without help. That’s a big boost for privacy and self-accomplishment. If you’ve been there, you know it’s no small thing.

No visiting nurse or physical therapist visits today. Marilyn is in one of her bright red nightgowns. I’m wearing my “Dog Father” casual bottoms and dog-eared top. The furry kids are taking their afternoon siestas. Dinner is still to be discussed. I’m hoping to keep it simple. That’s my speed.

Marilyn wants to write a blog. She tried valiantly this morning. The brain is working but not her arms or fingers. Matter of fact, Marilyn’s mind is like that of HEDley Lamaar — ‘a raging torrent of brilliant ideas’. She’ll try her next blog when more body parts are in sync.

My usual baseball passion is slightly dormant right now for obvious reasons. I didn’t read the pre-season predictions or watch the Red Sox home opener. Sheer heresy in any other year. It’s a long season. Here’s hoping the team is doing well when Marilyn and I can give them more attention.

Surely, you understand our priorities here. And don’t call me Shirley!!



Categories: Anecdote, Garry Armstrong, Health, Humor, Movies, Personal, UPDATE!

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18 replies

  1. Glad to hear that Marilyn’s healing up. May I also recommend two other movies if you haven’t seen them already? One is “The Lady Vanishes” (Michael Redgrave) and the other is “The Librarian” series of movies with Noah Wyle.


  2. Ah, good thoughts sent your way.


  3. I thought HEDley Lamarr’s brilliant ideas were, pretty much, doomed to failure. Marilyn just needs to gather her energies and she’ll be off and running.


  4. Sounds like things are moving in the right direction. God bless.


  5. I’m so glad you received the toilet riser, they are the greatest. Tell Marilyn to hang in there, she will be typing away again soon. I remember when I had surgery (on my chest but not heart) that I have never realized how much I use my chest to type. Enjoy your movies! I saw the first Airplane and laugh hysterically, especially the “auto pilot” scene. Perhaps all that laughing might be painful for her. I normally watch more serious films but I am big into the art house type films.


    • Teddy, seems like our film pleasures are reeling in different directions (sorry!). We used to watch art house films when we were younger and much more serious about life. Now, life is very serious and we need laughter. It’s all about what you enjoy!! I remember going to see a double bill of “Hiroshima, Mon Amour” and “The Mark”. I was one and twenty.


      • I still enjoy a smart comedy Garry. I’m 50, still a young one. LOL! Bill and I attend the Vancouver International Film Festival every year. It’s our annual “trip around the world”. LOL!


  6. thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. speedy recovery and well wishes coming your way. 🙂 ~yvette


  7. Ah, love the little ‘Airplane’ quote at the end, Garry: very nicely done! Seat riser sounds brilliant, as does the bright red attire. It all sounds much more relaxed, and I am so glad for you both. Obviously, it’ll be wonderful when Marilyn IS able to blog once more – and I can understand her wish to get going totally! – but these things can’t be rushed. Love to the Lady in Red! Ali xxx


  8. The toilet risers are a life safer. I’m glad Marilyn is moving around better. Garry, you as caretaker are going through a lot too. I think the caretakers have it harder than the sick ones, because your brains and bodies are all connected. I adore the movie Airplane. Take it easy both of you. Marilyn we will wait for you. We are all just wanting you to heal and come back as you can.


    • It’s wonderful what a lift (no pun intended) the toilet seat riser is for Marilyn, Cee. I’ll relay your words of patience to her. You folks mean very, very much to her. Now, I’m getting to know you. Thou swell!!


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