Friday, October 11, 2013


Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

Surgery talk later but home again, home again!  Thank all of you at Woody's; employees and locals, alike for all your well wishes and thoughts.  I am looking forward to what I don't even have to ask for when I sit down.  It should be called the Bootsie.  This picture gave a friend of my mother's pause when he saw it wondering if she were ill.  So let it be known to all the land.....
While I am called Bootsie, Boots, Boo, Aunt Bootsie, Aunt Boo (mostly by my niece's and nephew's friends which is pure heart love), Theresa, Terri, Flag Lady, Little Man, and some people call me Maurice 'Cause I speak of the pompitous* of love, just added that because it made me laugh, I was born Theresa Marie aka Theresa Boutin Thomas. My mother has been called Bootsie since she has been she ended up marrying a Boutin gave her the best name ever.  Who wouldn't want to be Bootsie Boutin?

*Get this, I looked up the lyics, because I thought it was "prophecies" of love.  Being a little bit Miley I was all like...I need a wordsmithizzle.  "In 1954, Vernon Green of the Medallions wrote a song called "The Letter" in which he used the words "puppetutes of love", a combination of "puppets" and "prostitutes". A puppetute was a woman of your fantasies who would do anything you wanted. Steve Miller, who sometimes imported words from other songs (including his own) into his lyrics, misheard the word as "pompitous" or "pompatus" and added "pompitous of love" and "pompatus of love" to his songs. (urban dictionary since it is not a real word, duh)"

When people ask me my age I usually add 5-8 years older.  Why?  Cheaper than face work and most always people will say, "Oh my goodness, you look so young for your age"  Well at 54 telling you I look 60 may be the truth.  I am wearing a purple nightgown...haven't done that since I have been 11 (with no underwear I might add) , I have a big hair/I don't care do, and I drank coffee out of a straw this morning.  And this is the bracelet that I left with.  There are many that know that I am a fall risk in general (Dewey Beach Scavenger Hunt 2013).  But this may make it official.

The whole process of surgery is barbaric.  They knock you out, cut you with a knife, take stuff out of you and tell you to leave in 24 hours. And they did this work on your spine.  Last words the Doctor said as he said see me in surgery...the neurologists and I have never see one of about them,  but this is a really interesting case.  YEAH cut it out of my 
f---ing back for a practice try.  Amazingly, the excruciating pain that I have had most of the summer is completely gone.  They forgot to mention the pain on the other side is just as bad.  Marty, was a trooper.  Jet lagged and tired he was up delivering me at 530 am for surgery.(Who does serious surgery that early?) Sat through hours of me sleeping, cleaned up my first cup of coffee after one sip and was at my beck end call.  My girls were wrecks..okay, Maddy was worried Kate was a wreck and Hail Maryed herself to sleep with a picture of me and her by her bed.  Love Dr Puppy sent by my girls.  Notice stethoscope, medical bag, and head mirror.

                                            This is just more evidence I look 60.

I have received so many well wishes for surgery and phone, email, cards, but this yummy funny one was sent by 2 of my favorite sistas of the mountain from Lugano.  Colleen and Di.  It made me cry feeling the love but laugh harder.  You have to love a friend who has an empty oxycodone bottle around.

I am feeling better being in my own bed with my special dietary needs.  Sorry, Sharon guessed first what my first delight was.

cheese-itz and a diet coke

I was also greeted with this lovely sign from family.  Playing on something we said every time either we saw someone stumbling, sleeping during the day, seeing the walk of shame etc ....#somepeoplejustcanthandledewey.  It seemed so appropriate.

I have been particularly emotional from all the people who have reached out to me.  It has come as much needed see it will be weeks before vodka is on the menu.  So cheers from a diet coke. And humbling as well, although it is really easy to hit like when you are stalking people!

And one last thing.  Yes I did watch the the most recent say goodbye to Finn episode today.  For someone that is pre menopausal, has a 6 inch incision down her spine, its raining, Marty just left and I'm on vicodin ....that just set me up for a headache from crying for an hour.  RIP Finn Hudson.

Friday, October 4, 2013


Pain in the ASS or Pain in the Neck

Please pretend to think how pretty I am just to make me feel better....but check out my post September tan.

So much has happened to me this summer and for those of you that know me well it takes a lot to slow me down.  If asked to do most things I am VERY impulsive (yes ADHD related) and rarely say no (whether it is fun, easy, hard, against the law....up to and including jaywalking and talking on my phone in the car)....but I rarely say no.  For the past few months I have had to say no more than I would like.

I pretend to be a blogger but rarely have the words to be witty enough to do it on a regular basis, but thought I would take this forum to inform and be clear what is going on with me. I know I tend to exaggerate, but this is a true number I have been to the doctor or related appointments 50 times (-11...was kind of exaggerating ).  General Practitioner, Orthopedic Doc, chiropractor, dentist, medical massager, Dermatologist  Surgeon, blood work, MRI and 3 times to the Emergency Room since June 19.    

First and for most for my friends who have followed my head horn which has already been removed 3 times.  Insert here from Di Roe.... I can see your horn  you need to cover it up with your hair.  It grew back again and this time a specialist had to go in and remove scar tissue.   Everyone can now pause and gag.    Done gagging?  It should not return.  

After X-rays and non invasive procedures to relieve pain in back and arm a MRI has determined that I have Cervical Stenosis and a cyst that is pushing in-between my c6 cnd c7 vertebrae. (Thank goodness for spell check as I do not think I have ever spelled vertebrae correctly and have no clue if that is singular or plural).  The cyst is benign and I am scheduled for spinal surgery October 9.  Marty will get in on the 8th.  I am planning to be fine and ready to fly back to Antwerp on the 23.

Things about the previous few sentences.  Saying things like Cervical Stenosis and  c6/c7 vertebrae make me want to be an extra on Grey's Anatomy and I also think that the movie This is Spinal Tap is one of the best satirical films ever made.  

11! must be the loudest!

I cry and I cry a lot and have said many times to Marty that this has been a shitty summer.  He is always the pragmatic one and is the opposite of impulsive when replying to anything.  His response, "It has not been totally shitty." (fun when you can use the word shitty more than once in a conversation and it is a serious.) And you know?  He is right.  Thought I would share some less shitty moments.

still the flag lady
old people can still score!  2nd place scavenger hunt
starboard  2013 #team red white and boozie

                                                                                    still sing with the Seed

this really is my new car tag for my jeep

This June-Sept has been a time of joy and blessings welcoming Lucy Ann, William Brian, and Hayden Eliza to this world.  May they live to be as healthy and happy as my Grandmom Press who lived just 2 weeks shy of her 103rd BD.  I pray I have her good genes as she smoked and drank until the day she died. 


Just found a cold diet coke in the fridge and I have straws.  Big + for the day.

Orange really is the new black.

My hair is longer and grayer than it has ever been since I can't sit through a color/cut right now.  Marty asked me please not to look like a picture of me from 1985 that he thinks makes me look like a clone of Bette Midler 

Just bought a spanx turtleneck.....cant breath in it but I look great.

Brought 7 pairs of shoes with me to the beach this summer.  I have worn 2+ 1 pair of new Toms.

I have already bought my tickets for Firefly 2014....It was the best time ever.

Gave out 500 flags at the Starboard Running of the Bulls with the help of the local beach rat kids.

And I could not have gotten through this summer with my people  near and far but especially my near Red Tent people.  (Maddy must not have gotten the denim memo)

I continue to not reread or edit or let anyone proof read....forgive me for being me.

Peace and Blessings for a fine fall.