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Countdown To Crummy

Well, this is it. Mom Pony is flying in tonight, and I get to have the shredded remains of my appendix out tomorrow, joy of joys. In an effort not to be caught flatfooted like I was last time, I have prepared for this hospital trip. I've stocked up on food: put beef, chicken, and Girl Scout Thin Mints in the freezer along with the jellies and chicken broth that's already in there, bought penne and a jar of sauce for those days when I don't feel like making sauce, and baked a loaf of bread, also in the freezer. I cleaned house last week, and I did a full laundry yesterday. Today, I am going to change library books and take out the trash, even though it's not quite full. And I went and bought me a nice fat novel -- this being my version of retail therapy. One of my friends approved the purchase, saying that it was a version of buying oneself a hat to feel better, only a hat just won't do the trick here.

A large part of the impetus for this activity is that I'm nervous about going back into the hospital, but I think you've already figured that out. Anyway, if you don't see me around tomorrow, that's where I'll be. If all goes as planned, I'll be coming home on Saturday, feeling crummy. Mom Pony is staying until Monday. I'll be back when I'm back.

ETA: One more thing. The choice of whether or not to participate in the LJ Content Strike is not given to me -- she who is under general anesthesia cannot post to LJ whether she wants to or not -- and I'm not going to tell anyone to strike or not to strike.* But I think it's important that those who choose to strike should know who else will be striking with you. It seems that there is a significant faction of people who are joining the strike not so much because they disapprove of SUP's business practices, but rather because the head of SUP is Jewish. Read about it here, and follow some of the links.

Tomorrow, the day of the Strike, is Good Friday, a day that, especially in Eastern Europe, has been a traditional time for pogroms and other anti-Semitic actions. Strikers, be aware that some of your fellow strikers are in this to hurt the business of a Jewish man for no better reason than that he is Jewish.

*That is the question.**



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Mar. 20th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Our best wishes will be with you, FP. Break a leg Lose a useless appendix!
Mar. 20th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
I won't be breaking any legs. Someone else in the music department already did that! (It's been a bad quarter for the U of C music department.)

But I shall have that rotten appendix out of my body!
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Mar. 20th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
The nice thing about surgery is that it does involve general anesthesia. I'm going to be orbiting the moons of Jupiter during the procedure itself. The aftermath is not going to be fun, though. But at least it'll be laparoscopic, so the aftermath will at least be shorter than with traditional surgery.

I think it would be really cool if he were a gay, vegetarian, Jewish little green alien with antennae. That would be someone fun to see in shul.
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Mar. 20th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Best luck on the surgery. A planned surgery will be quite different from an emergency rush to the hospital and I'm so happy your mother will be there.

On the other question: Well, that news didn't exactly make my day! I was one of the people in my circle of friends who first suggested supporting the strike. I traced it back quite a way before decided to publicize it and came no where close to finding anything that would indicate that anyone was supporting it for any but the right reasons. Didn't realize it was Good Friday either; then I am not up on religious holidays in general. My daughter had mentioned Sunday was Easter to me but it went one ear and out the other. I don't know a single person who would have known the head of SUP was Jewish (I heard enough wank in the beginning about him being Russian, which was bad enough in my opinion, but anti-Semitism is beyond the pale (sorry about the bad pun).) Well, just shit! I don't know whether to let it ride or publicly retract, without having the information. Finding this out right now is just the final straw for me. I am personally overwhelmed right now (my mother is dying) and don't think I can do the research to determine if the anti-semitism connection is even true or not. I suppose the shadow of it here is bad enough without concrete proof. It seemed like such a simple and easy way to protest (although one could argue like whistling in the wind in any case with the additional problem that it was intersecting a weekend for everyone in Europe and much of the rest of the world).

Mar. 20th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
If the surgery goes according to plan, it won't take very long, and I'll be back on my feet pretty soon. And I can prepare for it, which is nice.

I'm sorry that the news was such an unpleasant shock to you. I don't know what to advise you, and I don't know that I'd have much right to advise you even if I did know. But I thought it was important to get that information out anyway.

And I'm sorry to hear about your mother. This is not being a good weekend for you, is it?
Mar. 20th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Best of luck with the surgery, I hope everything goes according to plan! May your recovery be swift and as painless as it can be!

Regarding the LJ Strike: thank you for providing the information. I couldn't say why exactly, but I had some misgivings about everything. I fully support people protesting/using their right to free speech for the right reasons... but discrimination is never OK. Which is why I'm not participating. I refuse to join with people who protest for the wrong reasons.
Mar. 20th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am amused right now, because Granny and Grandpa Pony just sent me a get-well-in-advance card. The only nice thing about being sick is the cards, I think.

Edited at 2008-03-20 07:34 pm (UTC)
Mar. 20th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
i spent the morning dealing with messed up paperwork for my procedure. i will be thinking of you. i have no idea what i will be doing re content strike but if i am feeling okay i will be driving to cleveland which does not lend itself to posting.


see you on the flipside!
Mar. 20th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your procedure! We can be hurtin' puppies together next week.
Mar. 20th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the surgery! I'm sure this hospital stay will be much more pleasant than the last as you are well prepared on all fronts. Here's hoping it's a very quick stay.

Thanks for the info on the strike. As I hadn't given it any thought before, I probably will not strike although I'm sure there will come a point that a straw will break and I'll be done with LJ. I just hope it's not for a long time. I like the structure here and I don't know of another place that does it as neatly.
Mar. 20th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
They plan to keep me only twenty-three hours, since it's outpatient surgery. And Mom Pony is going to read me Madeline:

"And soon after Dr. Cohn came, he ran to the phone and dialed DANton-ten-six. 'Nurse!' he cried. 'It's an appendix!'"

I like the structure here and I don't know of another place that does it as neatly.

Me, too. I especially like that it doesn't go around bugging you for an e-mail address after the first time you sign up.
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Best of luck with the op, FP. I'll be thinking of you.
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I just have to keep thinking, a little bit more time and this whole wretched appendix thing will be all over.
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
First of all, good luck in the surgery! What a way to spend Purim. I hope you'll still get to enjoy the holiday.

About the LJ strike: that's horrible. At first I didn't realize what it was about, but after reading about it I decided that I'd probably join the strike, if I didn't forget about it in a moment of distraction (I do that). But now that I see people are joining for different reasons, I wonder if it'll make the right impact in the end. And do I want to be part of a vicious ignorant trend? Meh, way to ruin it:(
Mar. 20th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
We were talking in Yiddish class a couple of weeks ago about what we all intended to be for Purim. I told everyone I was dressing up as a hospital patient. . . fortunately, we had our own little Purim party, so I got to make hamantaschen this year.

Meh, way to ruin it:(

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Mar. 20th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Ugh! Good luck and all! We'll be thinking of you! Do you have good stock of movies and books and good conversation? :-)
Mar. 20th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
Definitely! In fact, I just went to the library today to make sure that I have books. And Mom Pony is coming for conversation.
Mar. 21st, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Good luck with your surgery, FP. I hope the days after it are filled with Mom Pony pampering and nothing negative. And then you can celebrate it all being over with.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The surgery went well, I came home the same day, and I got to spend the night in my own bed. Mom Pony is here and taking care of me.
Mar. 21st, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
Good luck with the surgery! Feel free to give me a call after if you need more movies/books/food etc.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's all over, and I feel pretty good, all things considered. I'll let you know if I need anything.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Girl Scout Thin Mints and hamantaschen. Now I'm hungry for cookies!

Hope the surgery went well and that recovery time is minimal. (I'll find out as I read along, no doubt, but even when I'm catching up I try to go in chronological order.)

The head of SUP is Jewish? The head of SUP is Russian?? Well, that latter ties in with the apparently large number of LJers who use Cyrillic. The strike is a done deal now and I participated, not having heard anything about the anti-Semetism until now. I'm not usually a daily poster anyway, so it's hard to say that my participation made much difference one way or another.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Surgery went pretty well. I'm kind of sore, but hey, I went home the same day and was up and about yesterday. Pretty good for major abdominal surgery, I'd say.
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