HOME AND HUSBAND – Marilyn Armstrong

I really haven’t been getting out there to take pictures. Between Garry’s surgery and the intensely hot, steamy weather, it just hasn’t been all that inviting outside.

Four orchids, still blooming

But, yesterday, because Owen had just hacked down the insanely overgrown forsythia hedge that had fully intertwined with strangleweed and wild grape vines, it was an almost respectable yard.

Still blooming after all these weeks

And then, there was Garry. I was determined to take a picture of him where he didn’t look like he was half asleep.

August woods are the darkest green of the year

Today, when we got to the doctor’s office — 15 minutes early — we were sitting on the steps waiting for them to get back from lunch and I realized Garry looked better than yesterday, so I took a few (three is a few, right?) pictures.

A bright day with temperature nearly 100 (that’s about 38 for you metric folks). Note the missing hedge. You can see the fence!

So this is our life, for the moment. The garden has gone to weeds now that the daylilies are dead. Not to worry because I have a ton more pictures of them, as well as the roses.

Today, Garry heard from our own doctor that he’s doing really well. Now, all he has to do is start to feel well. This is often harder than it seems, especially when medically, you’re doing fine, but all your body wants to do is go back for a very long nap. But his blood pressure is perfectly normal, healing is fine. All the magnets, wires, coils are perfectly placed and he has more hearing in what was thought to be the “dead” ear than anyone thought.

It takes time to feel as good as they (your doctors) say you should feel. Been there. But you get there. It merely takes more time than you think it should. We all want to be “fine” immediately. It doesn’t usually work that way.

I’m sure I took more shots of the orchids which are, remarkably, still blooming happily in their pot by the French doors.

Old wooden lawn chairs in the shade

Life in the hazy, hot, and humid northeast.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

32 thoughts on “HOME AND HUSBAND – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I’m glad Garry’s doing so well — soon he’ll be able to hear, and you won’t be able to stop him then! My friend with a pacemaker and no underlying heart beat saw his doctor yesterday for a battery check — he was asked if he’d eaten breakfast, and when he answered in the affirmative, he was scheduled for a new pacemaker today! By noon he was home, walking around, and feeling much better than he has for the past 2-3 months — the pacemaker battery had almost completely run out! It’s amazing how quickly repaired technology cures the ills!

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    1. Slmret, stay tuned to Wolf Blitzer – once they activate the cochlear accessories. May be breaking news….

      Seriously, I’m glad the surgeons and staff are pleased with how I’ve progressed. I’m almost writing in the third person here about myself. I’m still pretty tired.

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    1. Thanks, Tas. I’m looking for “Motel Hell”. That’s the classic with Rory Calhoun where motel guests are turned into hamburger and served up to other guests. Tastefully done.

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  2. It’s been oppressively hot here too. The weeds have taken a hold and I would go out and do something about it but it’s brutal out doors.
    If Garry feels like a nap he probably still needs one. It won’t be long before he’s actually feeling a lot better. Then the fun begins with the new sensory experience of hearing.

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      1. It’s been raining on and off here for the last day or so. They’ve had flooding in Toronto. Two guys nearly drown in an elevator. Can you believe that?


  3. Yay for all of this — and Garry, in my recent surgical experience, when I got to the “Your healing well” and I was actually kind of freely ambulatory, I was exhausted. I developed the theory that getting to that point takes tremendous energy and leaves us exhausted. I’m sticking with it. ❤

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    1. I think you are right. Doctors decide your fineness by where you were the previous time they saw you, which was in the hospital with IV tubes. Also, it IS hard work to pull yourself together after surgery. It’s not something they ever mention to you when you are going in and they seem to forget about it afterward, but it’s like climbing an endless flight of stairs and wondering if you’ll EVER get to the top. If there IS a top.

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        1. And sometimes, you realize you ARE there. You just forgot to stop climbing. But mostly, time, rest, realizing our bodies, especially older bodies, don’t heal as quickly as they used to. Relaxing enough to realize you ARE feeling better.

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  4. Yep, Garry looks even happy here! Bravo good friend 🙂
    But of course, the road of recovery is never easy to do….. I see it now with both my sisters, younger than me and both SO tired, always, endlessly so – but then can’t hardly sleep…. I’m tired too from doing nothing as we are on hols and I am determined to only do what we want to – I even try not to think of our still horrendously thirsty garden. It has been raining everywhere but ‘chez nous’.
    Garry, you WILL BE ALRIGHT sooner rather than later. You both are a terrific team and with all your energy combined, the good will employed and the grace of Heaven you will hear much more than you’d have wished for and regain energy enough to plod on….
    Loving greetings

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