T Lady Down
I wonder if anyone will catch the allusion in this post's title. Answer below. Before I get rolling: I've emailed my legislators. Have you? Or do you like living in a fascist dictatorship under Emperor Bush? (Non-Americans exempted . . . unless, of course, you are living in a fascist dictatorship, in which case you should write your ombudsmen, or jaegermeisters, or whatever you call 'em.) In case y'all need an explanation why I'm so upset, check out this handy dandy video. (Kudos to Agitprop -- and Blue Gal for pointing me to Agitprop.)
***It's an American staple to put down fatties, but I'm telling you, you zaftigs (Gabriele, help! How do I turn zaftig into a noun and make it plural?) are lucky. If you fall on your ass, you have padding. Not so my 80-something pound wife. She fell last Thursday, and she's still in bed. Ultimately, it's all the fault of her multiple sclerosis. MS led to chemo, which killed her ovaries, which nuked her estrogen, which leached all the calcium from her bones, etc. Evil MS. She thought she'd pulled a muscle, but her recovery over the weekend left a lot to be desired. When I called her this morning, she told me she really didn't feel any better, so I rushed home (after first getting anxious as hell, which meant I had to eat several Almond Rochas), brought her to the orthopedic surgeon, and got her leg and hip X-rayed. Tarantula Lady has a pelvic fracture. The 'pod assures me it's a good fracture. Yes, of course there are good and bad fractures. It's a stable fracture, so it will heal without surgery and without any sort of weird English Patient-style full-body cast, or whatever the hell Ralph Fiennes wore in that silly uber-British movie. (My gawd, I thought I was watching The Mummy.) The 'pod even wants her to start weight-bearing ASAP. Otherwise, the osteoporosis will only get worse. Our Las Vegas trip is on perma-hold, so if you were hoping for some acid-tongued snark on the bar girls at Caesar's Palace, I'll have to go to our tribal casino instead. Karen's holding up okay. The pain meds nauseate her (thank heavens for Zofran), and it's hard for her to do just about anything. I have only one more day to work, though, and then I'm taking eleven or twelve days off. I hope she'll be back on her feet by January 2.
***Trivia answer: This entry's title is a reference to the 1978 submarine movie Gray Lady Down, which starred a Chuck Heston and David Carradine. Truly Le Bad Cinema. I'm shocked IMDB has it at 5.8 out of 10 stars. Yes, I agree. Karen deserves better than this. D.