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Hospital Land for the Overworked Executive

It's Ronni Here

I am not JUST sitting up in bed, anymore, folks. I'm typing, putting words on paper so to speak and my brain is working fairly well. That wasn't always so here in Hospital-Land.

The several days of hallucinations were odd and interesting.

Ant-like bugs were scooting up the walls of my room for a couple of days, little fishies swam upstream on a room divider curtain and at various times I saw people and cats and some other animals who were not really there.

My brain is still slower than I would like but after many hours of anesthesia during the surgery, they tell me, that is to be expected for awhile. For now, let's set that aside until later for something more important: hasn't Autumn been wonderful?

She was here when I woke up from surgery, although I don't remember much of that, if at all, and the next day I was so happy to wake up to her wonderful face again – this time with a real memory of it.

I've read all her posts and all your wonderful replies and comments now, and they are all the proof I need that this is the best blog community on earth.

I will never find the right words to thank each of you for your strength, constant support, good cheer and I am loving your black humor. You go, Cowtown Patti, with those Nwalins chicken feet.

Here's the big good news: maybe, MAYBE I will be able to go home on Wednesday. That's just a maybe for now; some additional test results need to come in so we'll wait and we'll see.

Thank you, every last one of you, for being there for me with so much love and so much kindness. You make me happy.



So happy to hear from you that you are doing so well. You are very special and also in my and our hearts all day these past few days. Much love and hugs. Sali, all the way from Israel

This is good news. For this I am thankful.
Looking forward to you getting back home now and back to your normal activities of daily living.
You have been missed.

So good to read you today Ronni. Onward! I remember a nurse friend telling me it took a year for general anaesthesia to leave the brain.

I was having the wildest dreams after a long surgery. For months.


Oh, let us hope you do get to go home on Wednesday! Much better healing happening there. Did you now the things you were seeing were not real or were you frightened? I think your clarity of thought is super good right now. No foggy brain detected here.

I got it right!!!! Since there was no blog from Autumn this morning, (remember, I'm writing from Paris), the next blog just HAD TO be written by you.
You're the best patient and I'm sure you'll soon be home. Don't overdo it though. You want to do this right.
Lots of love, Ronni. And don't forget to get a lot of rest.

What can I say but WOW?! So glad to hear from YOU, yourself, and that you're doing so well. Wouldn't that be great if you can go home to Ollie on Wednesday--or even this week? In any event you're ah-mazing!

I couldn't agree more: everyone needs a wonderful friend like Autumn. I have a superlative spouse, but I don't have a stalwart female friend like her and likely never will. If my super-spouse predeceases me, that's a scary thought.

And yes, Autumn is the best and I know all of us in your team are so grateful to her. Cheers to both of you!

So glad you are feeling a bit like your regular self! Continued good thoughts for a smooth recovery.

I have been coming over here several times a day, worried that I hadn't heard anything since Friday and that maybe you were going too fast and had a setback. And then, just on the off chance you might have something new on here, I headed over and HERE YOU ARE. I can't help it, I'm crying for joy that your brain is working as well as it is. Fourteen hours of drugs that make you unconscious cannot be easily recovered from. But you're already back giving me hope that you will be up to your old tricks soon. Welcome back, dear Ronni! :-)

Yippee! She's back.

Now this is really exciting. :)

Your friends at the National Committee send good wishes for your swift and successful recovery. Glad to know you are receiving good medical care and important support from friends. So sorry that you are going through this but we look forward to hearing more about your progress back towards good health.
All the Best,

Yay! (I just said that out loud, to the consternation of my family.). Yes, indeed, Autumn has been wonderful. And it's great to "hear" your voice again, Ronni! It,lol be great if you get home Wednesday, but if not, it still won't be long, I'm sure! An addition to Crabby Old Lady just popped into my head...Tough Old Broad...

When I saw "hasn't Autumn been wonderful" my first thought was "oh no! She is still hallucinating! She doesn't know it's summer!" πŸ˜„ Glad you are feeling well enough to go home...lets hope it's on Wednesday.

Oops -- it WILL be great, not lol

So happy to have you back, Ronni. Now I can relax a bit, knowing of your progress and looking forward to reading your thoughts and observations. Take care, Much love to you.

It's so great to hear from you. Continue getting better, and allow your friends to spoil you.

🎢 πŸŽˆπŸ”” Making a joyful noise.

Your sharing of your own experiences with cancer are helping others (my friends) who also are dealing with the diagnosis and treatment "one day at a time!" Thanks, Ronni!

πŸ’œ "It's Ronnie here" put a HUGE smile on my face πŸ’œ

Yes! Nothing sweeter to hear than, "you might go home!"

i'm typing this one handed hearing awful music, "your call is important to us, please wait for the next caregiver."

Ahh, finally. "Wow, Marian, it does sound like you need to see us." DUH. We do have to advocate for ourselves; sometimes over and over.

You've been sharing that message for years. Take note! Take care! I'm continuing to hold you in my heart.

Sending thoughts of healing and XO.

You are amazing Ronni!!!! Continued good vibes coming your way. SO HAPPY you can WRITE! <3 (pace yourself). love j.

Just saw your post from the hospital!!! Wow! What a dame you are! Thrilled to hear from you in person! Happy Day!

Awesome all around πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ» x

Elated to hear the good news and to realize your fingers are on the keyboard once more, Ronni.

Meanwhile, here's my 'virtual get well' card.
It has a cute little koala on the front page. Inside, it reads:
Why aren't Koalas real bears?
Because they don't meet the koalifications.
Get well soon!

Great news...a toast to YOU and AUTUMN!

I have been following this saga with hope that you will recover and continue to host this marvelous blog for years and years. Your friend is an absolute wonder in keeping us apprised of your progress. I wish I would up load one of my watercolors for you - flowers that never fade and never need watering. Just imagine the most wonderful virtual bouquet that you can and pretend that it's from me. xxxx

Welcome back!

So happy to have you here, Ronni, though Autumn's been a very good stand-in.

It was a heartfelt experience to read all the expressions of concern and well wishes for you from so many around this world. Of course we all hope those played a part in your positive outcomes and will continue to do so as this interference in your life plays itself out and is gone, gone, gone.

Cheers, lady, here's to you!

What *wonderful* news! And I am among the crowd that is delighted to hear it!
Here's a marvelous poem written by Ogden Nash to tickle your funny-bone and speed your recovery. John Lithgow does the most wonderful reading of it. Imagine it in his voice if you can.

No Doctors Today, Thank You
~Ogden Nash

They tell me that euphoria is the feeling of feeling wonderful, well, today
I feel euphorian,
Today I have the agility of a Greek god and the appetite of a Victorian.
Yes, today I may even go forth without my galoshes,
Today I am a swashbuckler, would anybody like me to buckle any swashes?
This is my euphorian day,
I will ring welkins* and before anybody answers
I will run away.
I will tame me a caribou
And bedeck it with marabou.
I will pen me my memoirs.
Ah youth, youth! What euphorian days them was!
I wasn't much of a hand for the boudoirs,
I was generally to be found where the food was.
Does anybody want any flotsam?
I've gotsam.
Does anybody want any jetsam?
I can getsam.
I can play chopsticks on the Wurlitzer,
I can speak Portuguese like a Berlitzer.
I can don or doff my shoes without tying or untying the laces because
I am wearing moccasins,
And I practically know the difference between serums and antitoccasins.
Kind people, don't think me purse-proud, don't set me down as vainglorious,
I'm just a little euphorious.

*the heavens

Love and hugs all 'round the Ronni Circle
Deb in Canader

You Rock, Ronnie! Continued healing energy in your direction...remember one day at a time!

Yah, Ronni! So glad to hear you're typing again.

Hearing words from you rather than about you is wonderful, Ronni. Yes, Autumn wrote positively and clearly for those of us who follow and love you. Take care and continue to remain active and p0sitive.

Amazing. Good for you... and the people who helped get you here.

Wonderful to see that "Its Ronni here!" title. Many thanks to Autumn and to you for keeping us apprised of your progress. Don't go home too soon. IMHO, rest and gather your strength.

Ronni dear

Very happy that you are typing again and recovering.

But please do not be so eager on going back home.
There you are not going to have the support you are having in the hospital

Take good care of yourself



Just Perfect !
A room with a view, a keyboard, a good friend Autum and a cat named Ollie and on the horizon HOME!
Hugs, Love, Prayers
From Redstone and Yellowstone

Wow! So glad to hear from you! I checked in earlier, no new post from Autumn (what a good friend you have in her!). Boo. I check in again and there you are! Yippee! Good vibes are still coming your way.

Love those post op drugs. I too saw cats that were not there. I wonder what that's all about.
But enough of that. Time to think about how good you are going to feel when this is all over, hopefully soon. Keep kickin a** Roninie.

This is the best news I've heard since November 9, 2016. Remember not to push yourself too fast - advice I received but did not heed after my own surgery years ago. Many many thanks to Autumn and hello to Ollie the indoor cat.

You are AMAZING! Wowee! Keep on healing!

Wow, that was quick! I didn't think your brain would be de-fogged enough to write for another week or so. Keep up that power of positive thinking and feeding off all the good wishes and prayers coming your way. Fingers crossed that you'll be home on Wednesday.

Welcome back!

You go girl! Kudos to Autumn............& what they said! Dee:)

She's ba-a-ack! In all her glory!

Are you amusing the staff with humorous observations? Don't do too good of a job, or they'll want you to stay longer. Which is okay only if you want to stay longer. But I suspect you don't.

So happy you're back. Hooray you and hooray Autumn. Just delightful.

Hot damn Ronni! What a great surprise to see a post from you. Fingers and toes crossed that you'll get to go home on Wednesday. Many thanks to Autumn for her updates and many thanks to the powers that be for your continued strength and recovery

Wow! What a wonderful surprise! Now that you're back to typing and putting thoughts together, you should experience a lifting of that brain fog soon. I am hoping strongly that you will be able to go home Wednesday. And yes-- Autumn has been phenomenal!

I can take a deep breath, now. So good to read your reaport typed by you.

Please thank Autumn for all of us, too. It was so good to get the reports from herβ€”love that she has a good sense of humor and writes to us as though we all know her (as well as one another, for that matter.)

you are continuing in my daily thoughts on awakening, hoping for a continued good report as your journey continues.

Best wishes.

So glad that you are up. Do go slow and take time. πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽπŸŽˆπŸ₯πŸΎπŸŒˆadding to the joyful noise

Glad all is going so well for you and those unusual creatures have left your room. You thought they were hallucinations??? Your thinker seems to be pretty good which is important after surgery, especially as we get older. Keep on keepin' on!

Remarkable! So glad to hear Wednesday might be a time for heading home.

Big smiles as I imagine you writing this post! And, Autumn is amazing and wonderful (but you know that already). Continued healing thoughts coming your way... :-)


WOW I'm surprised, delighted, overjoyed to see you're back on line so soon.
Do take care and don't rush. Sometimes the mind rushes ahead of the body in its
happiness to be over surgery. Continued hugs and kisses to keep you company.

That's absolutely great progress and news Ronni.
John in Maryland.

πŸ“ˆ YES! 🍷 πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ† 🎢 🍰🍦 🌠 🌈

You, Autumn, and 🐈 ROCK

Welcome back and I hope you're home soon. Big hug to both of you.

Dear Ronni, It is so good to read this post from you! Have been looking for the next post from dear Autumn and to see this from you is wonderful!
Take your time, and just write when you feel up to it.
Love and hugs to you, Autumn and maybe Ollie.
Betty (Melb)

It's SO good to hear your voice again! You go girl!!

Getting misty with happiness that you are back on board.
Take it slow and easy, we aren't going anywhere.


Way to go, Ronni!!


Let's get this party started!!!

~Grabs Pointer Sisters CD, inserts it into vintage ghetto blaster, hits "play button, cranks volume & starts gyrating like a catfish on a barroom floor.

~Husband walks in..

"What's up. DId you just win the lottery?"


"Ronni's coming home!"



Autumn, you are that rare friend everyone wishes they had.

Thank you for taking the time to stay in touch with Ronni's blog readers.

Brilliant news, Ronni! But don't rush home before you are ready - we don't want you back in hospital with a relapse, trying to do too much too soon.

And again, our huge thanks to Autumn, for being there for you and for us.

What a relief and delight to hear from you, yourself! So hoping you get home soon, Ollie the healer is waiting! Much love.

Oh Happy Day!

What a wonderful post! I am amazed at the sense of a community of caring created by your blog! And so happy to be a part of it. Autumn...thank you for the part you are playing. ..and Ronnie...you go girl!

I can't believe it! How glorious and, yes, euphorious! (Thank you, Deb.)
So so so thrilled you felt up to writing today. It feels amazing and beyond wonderful to have you back far sooner than expected. Kudos galore and WOW!
A big, big, BIG hand of gratitude to Autumn for all she has done and is for you and for all she did for us.
Absolutely luverly to have some good - no, great! - news peeking out of the mass of awful to horrible dailies these days! Sweet dreams and happy, happy return home on Wednesday (fingers will stay crossed and juju will be kept flowing) to Ollie and your own bed.

Outstanding you! Thank you for your signature courage, wit, and honesty that no drug, major surgery, health crisis could alter. Thank you, also, for introducing us to Autumn. Any chance she might pop back in writing occasional guest posts when she is back in NJ and you are out hat shopping or conducting research or loving on Ollie or anything you damn well please doing? Much love from sunny Tel Aviv

So thankful to hear of your good recovery. Also grateful for Autumn's wonderful care & help. I look forward to more good reports.


Great news!! I know all about surgery-induced brain fog. I am glad you are coming out of it and going home!

Ronni, Louise from SSI here. Hadn't heard from you for awhile so checked your blog to see how you were doing. I was shocked and dismayed to read about your diagnosis, and have been following your progress through surgery and recovery.

Sounds like you are blessed with a collection of friends and neighbors to support you. Hugs to each and every one of them!

Sending you my best wishes for a speedy and uneventful recovery. Your friends at SSI are sending their good thoughts, too.

Woohoo!! So good to see you here, and yes, Autumn has been wonderful. What a perfect buddy for you and informant for us. She just fit right in. Your words today are perfect too. Here's hoping you'll get to go home Wednesday!

That's great news. I am so glad you're recovering well, Ronni!

Great to have you back in blog land. I hope you can go home on Wednesday. And yes, Autumn is great too. So glad you are making great progress.

now :rest, rest, rest....
Chantal, from Paris

Wonderful to hear your voice! <3

So happy to see you alert and writing again......we have all been so worried about you! I know you have the spirit and determination to be back entertaining and informing us every day.

I will also add kudos to Autumn, she kept us in the "loop", the next best thing to being there ourselves. I hope you get home and back among your things, the best medicine in the world!

Hello again Ronni...I'm one of your many fans just wanting to share in your good tidings...and give you support for each step of recovery. Baby steps for a while, ok? Fortunately our words are stupendous huge fantastic and unlimited, as are our minds. So glad for you.

Happy Day! So glad to hear you are up and writing. And thanks to Autumn for posting updates in the meantime.

Fantastic to see this post written by YOU, Ronni...way to go!
Many thanks to Autumn for the updates and just being there for you and Ollie. Continued speedy recovery. Arleen in NJ

Great news! So glad you are improving. Hang in there, and hope you do get to go home soon. (Yes, Autumn has been wonderful with the updates.)

My heart is happy to hear/read your words!! So so thankful! You are one strong lady!! Yay for Autumn!! Take it easy and get better soon! I know you'll be ready for home when the time is right. Love ya, Carol

So happy to hear the news and to see your words! Continued prayers for your home coming and as heal and get well....Autums's updates were both wonderful and encouraging. Take care Ronnie.

Just adding my little bit here, too. So glad you are doing well and that we are able to hear from you! Keep doing what they say and let the healing be thorough and fairly quick. Think of you often.

Hey Ronni! If you make it ALL THE WAY DOWN here in your comments then, I gotta tell you: I'm impressed! But that goes without saying.

SO HAPPY FOR YOU which makes ME happy! (Damn! That one brought a couple of tears.)
Thank you for being here.

Yah, Rah!!! So happy to read you are back!! It brought tears to my eyes. I am so thankful for you, Ronni!!! Speedy, happy healing to you!!

So great to hear from you. (I was getting worried yesterday morning.) Do let those wonderful nurses take care of you for as long as possible. Believe it or not, you'll miss them when you get home. Thinking of you every day and hoping for an fast, uneventful recovery.

Love the title Ronni, such good news! Thank you for making us happy! It is so wonderful to be hearing from you so quickly. I can only imagine how excited you are at the prospect of returning home soon. Sending positive thoughts your way that Wednesday will be the day! Absence does make the heart grow fonder and I have missed your messages (though agree Autumn has been a gem)!

Such a welcome sight to see "Ronni here..."

Stay on that healing trajectory!

Good Morning, Miss Popularity!! See how much you are cared for? And want a wonder influence you are on your internet friends, too.

I called around to local hospitals, but couldn't find you..was going to drop by for a visit, send flowers, etc! However I'm heading out of town today so I had to give up on that.

Ronni, I'm glad that things went well and hope Autumn gets you home safely tomorrow.

Take care and continued best wishes.


So glad to see you doing well. It's so beautiful to see the support you have both in the physical and online world. Wishing you all the best for a strong recovery.

Go Ronni! More kudos to you and to Autumn for her awesome updates.

You sound great. Hope you get to go home Wednesday. As Dorothy said, " There's no place like home."

Welcome back to you and the fabulous Autumn!

Wonderful, Ronni, that you're back writing (and so soon!)--a good omen! Ollie is anxious to see you back home again. Such good news!

Fantastic news! So happy to hear your "voice" again. Many thanks to you for sharing your journey and to Autumn for the updates and her loving care for you. Cheers!

WhooHooo -- I've never been so glad to see a type font ever. Happy news, and may the healing continue, strong and brave woman.

How absolutely fine to hear directly from you again! And how amazing.

Welcome home soon, Ronni, I know Ollie will be as happy as a cool cat knows how to be, and you too will be back in the comfortable, lovely home surroundings that do not smell like a hospital.

Many thanks to Autumn for keeping you company, for keeping all of us up to date, for showing you such love. Yes, a good friend is worth so very much.

Now, don't overdo it yet. But I too would be very eager to get back home, back into the life that was so rudely interrupted. Nevertheless, take very good care of yourself. You know that there are zillions of us out here cheering for you, and wanting the very best for you.

love, ruth-ellen

GOOD LUCK for Wednesday discharge. What a great feeling for you especially and all of us.

Keep kicking! Such good news for a morning.

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