Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I'm Baaack.. Sort Of..

Well here I am sitting at the computer, typing away after being out of action for a few days. I'd like to say thank you to Jill at Domaine547 for her nice comment saying to hurry up and come back!

I was out on an involuntary vacation, having surgery to remove part of my colon because of a small malignant growth that was discovered recently. Had you seen me in the hospital, you might have guessed I had a lobotomy based on my appearance, though. Jack in the picture looks 100x better than me, lying there not able to take a real shower or wash my hair since Friday morning!

For what it's worth, the surgeon was quite optimistic. He said his visual inspection showed the growth to be very small and it appeared not to have spread anywhere. However, I won't know for sure until later this week. In the meantime, I was released from the hospital yesterday and as you might imagine, was so very happy to come home take a proper shower! By the way, my high praise to everyone at Kaiser's Baldwin Park facility - everything was first rate over there, which made the short stay a pleasant one.

Now I have this stapled-up incision vertically on my stomach that brings to mind a sausage casing, although someone else said I looked like a plucked turkey (very similar to the famous Twisted Oaks plucked rubber chicken, I'd say.. I wonder if El Jefe would like to use it in his blog?). I was originally thinking of posting a picture of it but thought the better of it as that might scare what few readers I do have away permanently. If you want to see it shoot me an e-mail.. but be forewarned!

Also, I didn't shave since Friday so you can imagine my heavy facial hair growth. Actually, being Asian (Japanese-American, to be exact), my 5 days of beard growth was equal to about a normal person's five o'clock shadow. I thought I'd go for the Brad Pitt or Toshiro Mifune look by not shaving but seem to have fallen way short of the mark. This morning I shaved it all off and now am more like young Kevin of the Wonder Years.

What does this all have to do with wine? Not much, I guess, except I don't expect to be drinking any for a short while. There's no dietary restrictions but with my stomach all stapled up I get full really fast and don't feel much like having any wine yet since I can't fully enjoy it. So no review of the wine of the week this week! Shucks.. but I'll get back on track soon.

Let's see.. I noticed they only have white IV's in the hospital, no red or rose ones. So I was on white IV the entire time but it went nicely with the liquid diet they fed me on Sunday, which segued into a good match for the turkey and salmon I had on Monday. The IV seemed very mild, went down smoothly with no tannins or acidic bite. There - how's that for the review for this week?

One thing I did notice - I am amazed at how unbelievably inane daytime television programming is. What's with all these courtroom tv shows? Judge this, and Judge that - no wonder our society is so litigation-happy. I tell you, if you want a lobotomy just watch daytime (or even night time) television and you can self-administer one on yourself for free. Thank goodness that I was able to find some reruns of I Love Lucy to watch - such a big difference in quality, then versus now.

Anyway, that's all for now. I'll be back with more of my own inane entries later this week to compete with daytime television, so stay tuned..


Anonymous said...

please get well soon. we'll send you a bottle of wine when you're ready to do some sipping.

LOL re: IV tasting notes.

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling you'll have a lot of get well bottles headed your way, so get well quick! I'm sure we can find something here that will keep you regular...

Dr. Debs said...

YIKES! Get better soon, indeed. It sounds dreadful, but fingers and toes crossed for a good end result.

Richard Auffrey said...

Get well soon! Sounds like it was rough but hopefully recovery will proceed well and you will be back to your usual soon enough.

MonkuWino said...

Thank you everyone for your well wishes - they DO mean a lot to me! I'm getting better, slowly but surely, and can't wait to use the corkscrew again. I'm just waiting until I can eat more at a time to make it worthwhile. Really, thank you all very much!

Edward said...

Awful news Monku, but good to hear it has now been dealt with. Hope all goes well and a speedy recovery.

MonkuWino said...

Thanks for the well wishes, Edward! It's much appreciated.