Monday, October 16, 2023


The phone call we had been anxiously waiting for came at 2:48 this afternoon and it turned out to be a good news/not so good news call.  First, the good news....yes, she is officially on the list:))  But here's the not so good news:((  Everybody seems to be on board with the liver transplant except the senior surgeon who has now thrown the same old monkey wrench into the gears.  We thought the surgeon had signed off and okayed the surgery but as it turns out, it was not the head surgeon that Kelly had met with but one of his subordinates.  We didn't know that until today.  The head surgeon has not even met Kelly.  I personally feel this was a 'miss-step' by the hospital.  The head surgeon states Kelly's age and weight as the problem. (again)  We thought Kelly was already through and beyond all that.  However the head surgeon guy is now saying for Kelly's age and weight, she needs to have a higher body index number.  So, despite Kelly being on the list she now has to go to London for additional tests, and according to Kelly's liaison person, those additional tests could be as soon as this week.  And, Kelly is going to insist she personally meet with the head surgeon in person this time!!!!   So, I guess the bottom line is this........despite being on the list, she is still not eligible for a transplant because they have placed her into an 'on hold' category.  That means if a liver match was found she still wouldn't be eligible until further tests and changes occur.  We're happy she's at least on the list but we are disappointed at the additional 'conditions' that have been added.  Kelly will be talking with her liaison lady again tomorrow.   

It was another overcast morning with only a few brief sunny rays making their way through the gray cloud cover.  Despite a chilly wind, Pheebs and I made it out to our country road walking spot although it was only half of our half mile we were able to do.  My hip became sorer the further we went so we had to turn around and head back to the Jeep.  The only thing I managed to accomplish this afternoon was to hang up another bird feeder and trim an overgrown Forsythia shrub in front of our metal shed.
I finished my book The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett a few days ago and thoroughly enjoyed it from cover to cover.  For my next book, I headed into the seventeenth century and found a well-told tale of youthful adventure and suspense from yesteryear.  This time I latched onto the coattails of a young English lad by the name of Tom Cheke.  I have only just started this book and I am already enthralled knee-deep into the travails of his triumphs and misfortunes in DJ Munroe's Slave To Fortune.

Al's Music Box:)) You Don't Mess Around With Jim by Jim Croce from his 1974 album, 'You Don't Mess Around With Jim'.  The lyrics of the the track concern the fate of a 'pool-shooting son-of-a-gun' by the name of 'Big' Jim Walker when his 'mark', Willie 'Slim' McCoy, from South Alabama, shows up to get a refund from being hustled or get revenge. The song is notable for the line, "You don't tug on Superman's cape/You don't spit into the wind/You don't pull the mask off that ol' Lone Ranger/And you don't mess around with Jim." However, after the song ends with Jim being thoroughly thrashed by his victim ("he'd been cut 'n 'bout a hundred places/ and he'd been shot in a couple more"), the chorus now goes, "You don't mess around with Slim."

GROANER'S CORNER:((  You know your getting older when...

1. You and your teeth don't sleep together.

2. Your try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks and discover you aren't wearing any.

3. At the breakfast table you hear snap, crackle, pop and you're not eating cereal.

4. Your back goes out but you stay home.

5. When you wake up looking like your driver's license picture.

6. It takes two tries to get up from the couch.

7. When your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio.

8. When happy hour is a nap.

9. When you're on vacation and your energy runs out before your money does..

10. When you say something to your kids that your mother said to you and you always hated it.

11. When all you want for your birthday is to not be reminded of your age.

12. When you step off a curb and look down one more time to make sure the street is still there.

13. Your idea of weight lifting is standing up.

14. It takes longer to rest than it did to get tired.

15. Your memory is shorter and your complaining lasts longer.

16. Your address book has mostly names that start with Dr.

17. You sit in a rocking chair and can't get it going.

18. The pharmacist has become your new best friend.

19. Getting 'lucky' means you found your car in the parking lot.

20. The twinkle in your eye is merely a reflection from the sun on your bifocals.

21. It takes twice as long - to look half as good.

22. Everything hurts, and what doesn't hurt - doesn't work.

23. You look for your glasses for half an hour and they were on your head the whole time.

24. You sink your teeth into a steak - and they stay there.

25. You give up all your bad habits and still don't feel good.

26. You have more patience, but it is actually that you just don't care anymore.

27. You finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.

28. You wonder how you could be over the hill when you don't even remember being on top of it.


Ever wonder how many days old you are??  if so, check this out....How Many Days Old Are You  I checked it out and as of today I have been on this Planet for 28,863 days.




  1. Okay,so now my hope and
    prayers are for the day a liver that's a good match
    for Kelly is available she will have the right body index number...
    Nice photo of the rabbit Al.I hope your hip feels better soon,-Mary

  2. Whew. Time to keep one's temper in check with Powerful people. Glad Kelly is aiming to meet with the head guy. Sheesh. Hang in there. Wish I could send you some spare energy, though I don't have much. Ha. In my old age, my reading has retreated into the past....the period between the wars in England, memoirs, letters, novels, etc. A very interesting time, though I keep being reminded of things happening today. The same will probably happen when you're reading of the 17th century. People just keep doing the same thing.....but maybe things are getting better overall. Let's hope so.

  3. Hoping Kelly gets things straight with that Surgeon. His delays are causing her undo pain and suffering.
    You're both in our prayers.
    Can relate to nearly all your getting old jokes.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  4. Well dang it! Those surgeons need to get their act together! Thinking of you guys every single day!

  5. I will keep Kelly in my thoughts and prayers.