My buddy, Susie, went to the hospital in the early part of last week because of back pain. All it took was a funny twist while putting a piece of firewood in the fireplace, and POP, she was off her feet! She has beaten the hell out of breast cancer, but the cure has left some bones a little brittle. So, while she waited for the doctors to figure out how to treat her, they pumped her full of pain killers....so much so that she stopped breathing. Her daughter, Jenny was with her and experienced the scariest day of her life. But, because she was there, Susie is still here!
Susie and I opened SuzAnna's Antiques almost 4 years ago. Last year, I left to drag a child through the 7th grade and Jenny bought out my share. Fortunately, Susie was more than understanding of my home situation.
She has a knack for creating beauty out of everything she touches. She can see the most unusual item, say, an old tractor seat, and place it amongst flowers and birdbaths in the garden and turn it into a focal point. She uses fabric, prisms, buttons, cards, wood and metal all mixed together to create a gorgeous display. I can't believe Country Living hasn't hunted Susie down and forced her to let them do a photo shoot. I know it is just a matter of time!
The hardest part about her back injury is going to be waiting for someone else to move things for her. There have been times when she has drug an armoire across the shop all by herself. She thinks nothing of swinging from the rafters while hanging a chandelier. She is such a neat person and I'm so glad she is feeling better and finally out of the hospital!
Susie, relax, read blogs, do paperwork, pore over Flea Market Style for the 8th time, watch the videos on your must watch list, and just feel better! Let me know when you're ready for company. You can sit on your couch and point to the things that need to be done and I'll get it done! (I don't make this offer very often!)
As for me, I went to the ENT last week and found out that tubes would not work for me. They tested my hearing again and the results were the same...My hearing sucks! So, I spent some time with Dr. Catalano looking at hearing aides and trying them on. I was glad to find one that doesn't look like a wad of gum shoved in my ear! I have always found these a little "orthopedic" looking. This one hooks behind my ear and a small wire with a mushroom cap on the end fits into my ear. It looks like this...
Dr. C can program the hearing aides to correct the frequencies I'm not hearing. While I was wearing them, I could hear s and t. I didn't realize I wasn't hearing those sounds. Literally, folks could be talking "shit" about me and all I would hear is "i"! I tend to be a hand talker. When I was telling Dr. C something, I smacked my hand on her desk and heard my ring hit the wood. I hadn't heard that sound in a very long time. I hadn't even realized the sounds I was missing! I'll have new improved ears in another week. I can't wait!