Thursdays Many Mishaps

Yesterday was a doozy. The Thursday of many mishaps. Oh my. Where do I start?

The hours in the day weren’t all that remarkable.

Kendra brought a Schlotszsky’s turkey and avocado sandwich to me to have for supper around 6 p.m.

It went downhill after that.

In Thursdays Many Mishaps, this is the view I have from my chair as I recover more each day from surgery.

Steve was kind enough to install my new toilet seat and lid. It seems to be made of some sort of wood.

The thin ridiculous one that came with the ADA-compliant toilet could have been used as a Frisbee.

He’d brought my day’s packages inside for me, and said he might as well install the toilet seat because it was heavy.

Music to my ears. The other one was useless and I told him he could throw it in the trash.

Schlotzsky’s Turkey & Avocado Sandwich:

So after he left I went into the kitchen where my sandwich was laying on the countertop in its Schlotzsky’s paper wrapper. But I didn’t reach into the open cabinet for a plate as I typically do, and that was my first mistake.

With one hand I held onto my scooter handle, and with the other I reached over to pick up the sandwich to carry it to the table.

The brown Schlotsky’s wrapper came apart and that sandwich, with the many tiny pieces of lettuce they chop up and add, went flying.

It was like a lettuce explosion.

So there I am on the knee scooter looking down at the terrible mess all over the floor and inside my scooter basket. I wanted to give up and cry.

I called Steve once again, feeling terrible that I was bothering him.

He was watching the evening news, which he likes to watch every day. I told him to just watch all of his news and not to rush over. It’s wasn’t like that mess was going anywhere.

Then I picked up what I could of the sandwich and sat down at the dining table and ate it anyway.

But I couldn’t bear that mess on the floor just behind me. It was like a monster’s heartbeat in a horror movie pulsing and calling out to me.

A view of part of my couch with the quilt I made on the back and the dining space in back of it.

Dyson Humdinger To The Rescue:

So I got out my Dyson handheld and started vacuuming it up. I last cleaned my handheld vacuum the day before my surgery. So I knew I was going to clog it up with avocado and lettuce and have to clean it again. And I surely did.

Then I rolled along on the scooter with paper towels and cleaned up the rest as best I could.

I carried the Dyson handheld vacuum to the trash can to empty it.

Somehow the ingredients of the sandwich once again came spewing out and went everywhere but the trash can.

Now I was really about to sit down and cry.

I cleaned it up as best I could, and then started trying to clean the gooey mess out of the vacuum. Some of the lettuce was in places in that handheld vacuum that I couldn’t even reach.

I wore out from exerting myself so much and sat down at the dining table to rest a little bit.

About that time Steve walked in the door. Thankfully I’d cleaned up the worst of the exploding sandwich so he wouldn’t have to. I just hate to ask people to do things.

I’d begun taking the Dyson handheld vacuum apart to wash the parts of it that I could wash. But I was stuck on one part I couldn’t budge, so he figured that out.

Then I soaked the washable parts in soapy water.

Watching TV & Reading:

Then I took my second pain pill of the day and had my version of a daily bath. That means with my lower half in the tub and my upper half out. And then I began to watch TV in my bedroom.

In Thursday's Many Mishaps, poor Ivy just tries to stay out of the way.

I read a good bit of the book I was reading. After all that had occurred I figured I’d doze right off.

But I never dozed off at all. In fact, I didn’t sleep last night. Nary a wink.

I’m exhausted. My eyes feel like sandpaper has been rubbed in them.

I Googled the side effects of Hydrocodone, and it indicates that it can keep someone from sleeping or interrupt sleep. So I’m going to try my best not to take it.

I’ve never had a night when my eyes felt propped open and I couldn’t sleep even a little bit.

I’ll be one tired and grumpy woman at the end of the day. I did doze in my chair for a bit.

Then got up to go to the bathroom and was so tired I fell off the scooter before I even got it rolling.

The lack of sleep is wearing on me.

I just want to sit here and listen to the burbling water from my water fountain and let the day pass me by.


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  1. Oh Brenda I’m so sorry you experienced a very challenging day. Ugh!!! I hope you’ve been able to get some rest and simply enjoy your day. I’m thanking God that you have Steve nearby to help when he can. He’s a huge blessing.
    Gentle hugs!

  2. I’m so sorry about your kitties, Susan. As a cat mommy myself I know how painful it is to lose them. How fortunate they were to have your care and love in their golden years.

  3. I’m sorry u had a bad day and restless night too Brenda!

    My day was fine yesterday til my dog and daughter’s dog started barking and wouldn’t stop! I went into the kitchen to see why and this entitled Karen let her dog go half way into my driveway and was going on my porch!
    I told her to get her dog off my property bc she had a long leash that she could control.

    Then she walk a few feet and let her blk Labrador on my lawn to crap in it! So I hollered again to get her dog off my property and he better not shit on my lawn or she’ll be picking it up!
    She thought I left and let her dog go half way in my yard again! So I screamed at her and told her that I’m calling the cops and they can deal with her! She said f**k u and mumbled something else! I told her oh that’s really nice teaching your son that! He looked to be 7 to 8 yrs old.
    So she left with her finger up in the air at me and telling me that it wasn’t my lawn and her dog could be in it!

    Well almost 12 o’clock she came back and I put my porch light on and went outside to make sure she kept on going! What a nervy scanky bitch she was!

    So I didn’t sleep very good either!
    I hope u get a better night sleep tonight Brenda!

    1. Awful of the woman with her dogs and son. Very frustrating. I realize she used questionable language but do you J have to use it as well? I understand you’re angry. As you should be. But everything going on in our world, do we have to read this kind of language? On a blog???
      Sorry about your day Brenda. I took pain pills after surgery a couple years ago and the same thing happened to me. I couldn’t sleep. Only took it once and resorted to Tylenol and Advil. Hopefully, you’ll get some sleep tonight

    2. She deserved whatever you said to/about her. She is one of the incredibly rude and inconsiderate people who don’t clean up after their pets. It’s just disgusting to go out for a walk and have to step around the messes left on the sidewalk, much less on your private property. Good you caught her later with the porch light. I would video her while telling her firmly to stay off your property.

  4. It is very hard for us so independent types to slow down and be careful enough!! Hope you will recover from the fall quickly and keep on healing and soon be in a much better place!! So glad you have help nearby!! My condolences to Susan too…it is never easy to put down our beloved pets…no matter the reason…we so keenly feel the loss. Hope you will be able to find other rescues to help too…that is a fine thing to do!!

  5. Brenda, what an awful day! I know how you feel. Some days are just like that, and when that happens to me, I just wish for the day to hurry up and be over, so I can start fresh the next day. I hope today was a better day for you.

  6. That was an eventful day.
    Have you thought of taking half of the hydrocodone?
    I do not read side effects until I have no pain.

  7. Brenda, I am sorry for the messed up day,sleepless night, but so glad that Steve and your girls help you out. If only some of us were closer, we would too. Pennsylvania is a bit far, though. So will continue to keep you in my thoughts and good wishes.
    And to Susan, so sad for your little Amy and your loss. It’s so hard.
    Take care, one and all…

  8. Ugh, not a good day and night at all! The first thing I thought when you said you were trying to vacuum up lettuce and avocado was “that can’t be good”. Those things are too wet and mushy to vacuum. I hope you didn’t ruin your handheld vacuum cleaner. I am so glad you have Steve as a neighbor to help you out. I hope you have a better day and that you sleep well tonight.

  9. Good Grief, Brenda, what a wicked day! Sometimes when a person is so tired, things just don’t want to go right. Being awake most of the night is bad enough for anyone, but for a person in pain, as you are, it has to be extra difficult.
    And the old saying, when it rains it pours, is all too true. I am so sorry you had to go through such a mess.
    Wishing you a better day today, and a good night’s rest tonight.
    Sending Hugs, hang in there Brenda…

  10. Oh Brenda,
    that was quite the situation! Nothing worse than having a food mess to clean up when you’re not mobile.
    I barely slept last night because the lab results came back on my cat, Amy. I will be putting her down this afternoon. She has cancer, a particularly virulent form and it will get nothing but worse from here. So far, this year has been a tough one for me. I lost another cat, Sweetie, of congestive heart failure on Good Friday this April. It’s really depressing. I started out with four cats this year. They are rescues and are quite elderly at 16 yrs. and up. Ironically, the oldest one, Socks just turned 18 and seems to be the healthiest. We have a lot of strays that need a loving home here; so I will be going down to PAWS in time to start the process.
    Hope you feel better, and get some much needed rest!

    1. So sorry to hear about your kitty, Amy. My heart goes out to you in understanding.

    2. Susan,
      I am so sorry about your kitty, Amy. I know you must have taken good care of them and that you love them. I hope you find comfort in your memories of Amy and Sweetie. Socks sounds great! I understand about not being about to do anything when your kitty or doggy isn’t well. One of my doggies is in my constant view and thoughts right now–she is a senior dog too.
      I will be thinking of you and Amy.

      1. Thank you for your nice reply to Susan. She needs all the good thoughts she can get. Will be a tough time for her.

    3. Oh sweetie, I’m so very sorry. I don’t think there’s anything worse than what you’re going through this afternoon. And right on the heels of another loss. I will keep you in my heart.

    4. Susan, so sorry about your cats. It is so hard to say goodbye. I know you will miss them but I am sure you have sweet memories.

    5. Oh Susan, that is so sad to hear!
      I’m so very sorry! You are very kind to rescue them and give them all loving homes.

      1. Susan, I’m so sorry for your loss of two cats recently! I bet they had a great life with u after u adopted them!

  11. That really does sound like a frustrating and exhausting day, Brenda. Hope today goes much better. Perhaps you can call your doctor today to see if he can prescribe something instead if the hydrocodone. You certainly shouldn’t have to forego the relief of pain meds in order to get much needed rest. Those drugs that “wire you up” are awful. Maybe some meditation would at least help you relax. Take care and remember that each day you’re healing a bit more, and suddenly there will be a turning point where you start to feel like your old self … only better.

    1. I’m going to try the Aleve I ordered first. I haven’t had a lot of pain. Well, I was doing fine till I fell again.

  12. Brenda, I am so sorry you are having such a hard time. I had to take that medication once and I did not sleep either. After a week I was so exhausted.
    Take care of yourself and do not use the scooter unless you have too.
    Thank God for Steve and your daughters.
    Praying for you friend.

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