Other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?



Right after our guests left  and Aunt Becky had cleaned, Aunt Susan arrived all the way from Portland, Oregon!  Mama was asleep when she got here. Aunt Susan’s plane was stalled in Chicago becuause POTUS was there, and nobody could leave until he did.  So that put Aunt Susan at our house around midnight.  Mama had showered with some strange smelling stuff and had changed our sheets and towels, taken her magic pill and boom, we were asleep when Aunt Susan arrived (she knew we might be asleep).  The next morning at 3 AM, Mama got up and showered with that strange stuff again.  She and Aunt Susan left the house, and I thought they were going to an Estate Sale or yard sailing, but no.  Several hours passed, and Aunt Susan came home….without Mama!  Where the heck was Mama?  Aunt Susan said I paced and paced.  She could hear my toenails clicking along on the floor all night as I went from room to room.  You know how Mama likes to jump out from behind doors and tries to scare me?  That’s what I was thinking as I searched and searched.  No Mama.  I was pretty irritated.  I love my Aunt Susan, but where was Mama?????

The next day,  Aunt Susan  fed and walked me , and got a very hard time from some of our neighbors.  “What are you doing with Skyler?” was something she heard a lot. She said one neighbor really questioned her closely. How did she know Mama?   Why was she here with me?  When the answer was revealed, that Mama was having Thyroid surgery, and Aunt Susan was here to help, more questions….Why was Mama so secretive about the surgery?  Answer: Mama didn’t think anyone would really  be interested..it was supposed to be a quick overnight dealio.  Key words…Supposed to  be.MVG with Skyler after Thyroid Operation April 9 2016

Aunt Susan left again, and this time she came back with Mama.  But Mama wasn’t herself.  She smelled weird, I couldn’t  climb on her chest, and I couldn’t lick whatever it was that ran across her neck.  Mama changed her clothes and quickly got in bed.  I was allowed on her lap, and behind her legs.  I took those options.  Turns out Mama had a very rough time with the anesthesia and a migraine style headache,  so she  had to spend longer than planned at the hospital.  She gave everything they fed her back…in a liquid form.    But finally,  after she, Aunt Susan and Aunt Michelle argued and threw a bunch of  hand grenades, she got the magic shot, slept for two hours and when she awoke, felt a lot better.  They still kept her until they were sure she could keep food down.  Only then did they let her come home.  And get this:  When she was in the Recovery Room after the surgery, she looked at her very kind Nurse and said, “Where is my dog?  Have you seen my dog?”  He said, “Madam, your dog is not here, so sorry, why don’t you just put your head back down and go to sleep?  We will have a room for you shortly.  I won’t leave you until you get put in a room”   And true to his word, he stayed with her until a room was ready, and took her to said room.   Once she got home, Aunt Susan and Aunt Michelle  bustled around, getting us comfy. They had cooked up some good things for Mama, including crushing up her pills so she could  get back to normal.   I watched Aunt Susan smacking the pills with the rolling pin and then putting them in Gelato, Tapioca pudding and other good things.  Mama got all calm and we went to sleep.

Sadly, when we awoke, it was time for Aunt Susan to got home to Portland. She has a husband and two sweet boys, who I really like, and her husband had to go out of town on a business trip. Mama was so grateful to Aunt Susan for making such a huge journey with such a short turn around time.  And she is grateful to Aunt Michelle for always being there for us.  We have the best friends and neighbors!

So today marks the tenth day since surgery, and Mama and Aunt Michelle went for the follow up  appointment.  The good news is that Mama can put Neosporin on her incision.  The sort of bad news is that there is more ahead.  But now, I am experienced in these matters and can deal.  I just know I can.  With Aunt Susan and Aunt Michelle of course.



  1. indyandlucy · April 22, 2016

    Thank you, Skyler, for such an in depth report. Mama should take lessons.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Patty Browm · April 23, 2016

    WoW❗️ Skylar, you are a good reporter. I’m glad you don’t do that baby talk when you write. They’re so hard to understand. I’m so glad your Mama is going to be okay. Tell her I said to please take care of herself💞🌷💞

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Skyler Braveheart · April 23, 2016

    Thanks Aunt Patty! I talk like Mama and I talk to each other…unless she says something unprintable…..

    Liked by 1 person

  4. theguster · April 23, 2016

    Wow, that was an ordeal! Please tell your mama that we are glad she is on the mend and will be back to her old self soon. Being back home with you, Skyler, is really what she needed. We’re sure you are taking excellent care of her!

    McDuff & Mom

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Skyler Braveheart · April 23, 2016

    I am, I am McDuff & Mom! There is another hurdle, a wee one, but we will handle it!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Leah · April 23, 2016

    Oh, my goodness, Sweet Skyler! I know you were worried about your Mama!! I was holding my breath as I was reading your blog! Please tell her I will be praying for her, whatever else she has going on! 💙

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Skyler Braveheart · April 23, 2016

    Thank you Auntie Leah! Will do. Xxxxxxxxx SB

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Kismet · April 23, 2016

    OH NO! The medical profession has your mom in it’s clutches. That’s bad.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. ginaandjordanandmolly · April 23, 2016

    Oh dear me Skyler. Any surgery is a BIG deal and when you have things that don’t go like clockwork, it’s not funny. I know what mama is going through, I too walked that path eleven years ago……..just counted on my fingers and am quite shocked it is so long ago. Mama will feel right as rain in no time at all and especially that she has you to look after her. You and mama just take it easy and we are wishing her a very speedy recovery.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Skyler Braveheart · April 23, 2016

      Thanks so much! Mama is a lot better. Her procedure was 11 days ago. Yesterday she told me she finally felt back to normal. She blamed the anesthesia for most of her unhappiness. However, while her Surgeon was removing the mass and the right side of her Thyroid, he found something that requires further attention. Sigh. Mama us in no hurry to revisit hospital, let me tell you! We will see what the Specialist says……..


  10. Genevieve Petrillo · April 23, 2016

    You have been very brave, S. Your mom didn’t do too badly with the courage either. You’re a good team, along with your aunties’ help, of course! Mom and I said a prayer for quick recovery, and for great wisdom and skill for the doctors. We are sure your mom will be fine.

    Love and licks,


  11. easyweimaraner · April 23, 2016

    I’m so glad that hard time is over, it is such a weird feeling when you come back from Mrs. Anastasias Kingdom after a surgery… Hugs to your momma we send 87 hugs&kisses and all our good wishes… we hope for really good news on that front for you and the mama.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Skyler Braveheart · April 23, 2016

      Thank you Easy! We are so happy to get so many hugs and kisss…everyone helps! Xxxxxx Skyler


  12. lavonne pickens · April 23, 2016

    So sorry to hear of this but glad you and mama are together are again and she is on the mend. I am home now and will be in touch soon. Hugs, love and prayers.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Sweet William The Scot Lee · April 23, 2016

    Skylar I know you are keeping a watchful eye on Mama. Why I know you are the best medicine Mama could have. Sending our best to Mama and you.
    Sweet William The Scot

    Liked by 1 person

    • Skyler Braveheart · April 23, 2016

      Thank you Sweet William and Lee! She needs a note from her Dr saying I am her Emotional Support Dog and then I bet they would let me in said Hospital.


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