Big Yellow Monster

This week has been a busy one. All of our junk was hauled out of our cupboards for purging and we painted our kitchen. And when I say we, I mean me and my dad. The swelling in Joey’s legs/feet greatly impeded his ability to help. If you want to get technical, not only did they impede his ability to help, but they necessitated him spending almost the entire week with them propped up with pillows to try and drain the fluid out. Nothing like lying on the couch with your feet up all week while your wife and in-laws are moving furniture and painting to make you feel like a lazy SOB. The only way it could have been worse was if he was sipping on a mai thai.

In fact, this week we made an important discovery. Although cankles might be adorable on babies:

the cuteness of this phenomenon does not carry over to 33 year old men. Especially when your feet typically look something like this:

And they end up looking like this:

Or this

if you try to put shoes on. Note: none of these are pictures of Joey’s feet. You’re welcome.

Long story short, he started a new medication last night. Hopefully that will make a difference and reduce the swelling.

But the fun didn’t stop with painting and cankles. We also got to pass some time in emerg yesterday. One of the tubes on Joey’s PICC line finally cracked, so when we tried to put the medicine in, it just ended up squirting out all over the site dressing on his arm. At least it lasted until now. Conveniently, he also had a fever when we went in, so they were able to take blood cultures to try and pin down why he’s been getting fevers every 2-5 days for the last month. So far it looks like it’s liver related (surprise, surprise), but some of the other cultures take more time to grow, so we are still waiting for the final verdict on that. Hopefully we’ll find out next week when we go back in to have his PICC line repaired or replaced. In the meantime, he’s back on antibiotics. Woo-freaking-hoo. We are happy that he can take these orally and that he didn’t need to stay in hospital. The patch job for the PICC line was a dressing change until it can be fixed up next week.

Sidebar: PICC line dressing changes are a sterile procedure, which basically means that nurses’ usually end up wearing a yellow gown that looks like this:

When the lovely nurse (who Joey has had on several occasions before), brought in the stuff to change the dressing, she made the mistake of referring to herself as the “Big Yellow Monster”, quite jokingly, I assure you, I asked whether she was talking about herself or Joey and told her not to make fun of him for being jaundiced. She looked horrified and apologized profusely until I finally told her that I was just bugging her, I was the one who made the joke, and that there was no need for her to apologize for me being an asshole. It appears that my sense of humor has reached a new low.

But hey, you’ve got to do something to pass the time, right?

K & J

One thought on “Big Yellow Monster

  1. Kimberly Burge November 21, 2010 / 1:37 am

    It’s probably cosmic payback for that time he said Rachel had chubby ankles.

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