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.
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.