SYW/BI — 01/23/2023

It’s about 9:00 Monday night here in the post-operative acute care orthopedic rehab center and I just had the best dump I’ve taken in eight days, which makes me a happy camper! So I thought, before I turn in for the night, I’d celebrate my accomplishment by taking a few minutes to respond to two of my favorite Monday prompts, Di’s Share Your World prompt and Dr Tanya’s Blogging Insights prompt.

Let’s start with Share Your World. Di asks:

1. Do you find it relatively easy to fall asleep at night?

Before my accident, I found it relatively easy to fall asleep, but not so easy to stay asleep due to having to get up and pee at least once during the night. Since my accident last Saturday, I’m so exhausted from pain and the physical and occupational therapy sessions I’m having four times a day, I fall asleep almost the instant I close my eyes.

2. Do you remember your dreams?

Maybe for 15 to 30 seconds after I wake up. But then my dreams, for the most part, just disappear from my memory. The only exceptions are recurring dreams that I’ve had and I can usually remember them because, well, they’re recurring.

Interestingly, I’ve had a lot of really weird dreams since being in the hospital, and I do remember at least the gist, if not the details, of some of those dreams.

3. If you can’t sleep, do you watch TV, read or listen to music in the hope you will nod off?

I either play solitaire on my iPhone or read blog posts on my iPhone until I can no longer keep my eyes open and am able to nod off.

4. Can you literally sleep anywhere (chair, sofa, bus, train, flight, etc.)?

If I’m really tired, I can, indeed, fall asleep pretty much anywhere. But a nice comfy bed is always my preference.

Now for Blogging Insights. Dr Tanya asks:

Do you write directly on a device? Are you old school, do you write on paper first?

When I first started blogging back in 2005, I’d draft my post using Microsoft Word on my laptop and then copy and paste it to my Blogger-hosted blog. But for the past six or seven years, I draft my post using either on my iPhone or using the WordPress app for iOS on my iPhone. Today, I almost exclusively use the iOS app.

Do you re-draft? If so, how many times?

Except when I’m responding to a Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the only editing you’re technically permitted to do is to correct typos and misspellings, I do a lot of redrafting. I proofread, edit, move things around, re-edit, re-proofread, and do it as many times as I think necessary before I’m happy enough with my post to hit Publish. I’d say, on average, I have ten to twenty redrafts for each post.

20 thoughts on “SYW/BI — 01/23/2023

  1. Marleen January 23, 2023 / 9:46 pm

    Yep, reporting on dumps is hospital behavior.

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  2. Nope, Not Pam January 24, 2023 / 1:43 am

    I so pleased you got it out, nothing worse than feeling it sit there 🙁

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  3. sweeterthannothing January 24, 2023 / 2:04 am

    Nothing beats a good dump! Glad to see you’re doing better.

    10-20 redrafts seems like a lot, I only do like 4/5… Is that why yours are so much better than mine? 😉

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    • Fandango January 24, 2023 / 8:04 am

      I write my posts directly on my iPhone, which, with its relatively small virtual keypad, is more error prone than using a standard size keyboard. When I preview my drafts, I preview them in both mobile and desktop views, and that often highlights something that looks fine in one view but not so good in the other, so more edits to make it look good. I think that’s why my number of redrafts seems high. Also, my posts are not “better” than yours. I really enjoy reading your posts and I love your often macabre sense of humor! 😉

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      • sweeterthannothing January 25, 2023 / 2:02 am

        I see, it must be hard doing all the blogging you do on a phone!

        I wasn’t fishing for compliments but flattery is always welcome 😀

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  4. Sadje January 24, 2023 / 2:24 am

    I’m glad you are feeling better and and posting too.

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  5. DailyMusings January 24, 2023 / 2:54 am

    I am just catching up on reading and am so sorry to see this happened! Glad you are moving along in healing, and hope it goes easy. I broke my elbow years ago, 2 surgeries long rehab, but every morning told myself I was one day closer to being myself again. In a small way it helped. Hope you continue to heal up well.

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    • Fandango January 24, 2023 / 8:10 am

      Thanks, it’s a long row to hoe, but I’m making progress in literal baby steps.

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  6. Gr8BigFun January 24, 2023 / 11:08 am

    When I had my appendix unceremoniously removed many, many, many, (ok point made) years ago the nurse told me that I had three jobs to do before I could go home… pass gas, pee, and take a dump. How life can be boiled down to the most basic in those types of moments is amazing. As for the weird dream, painkillers will do that!

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    • Fandango January 24, 2023 / 12:39 pm

      Yeah, being in the hospital, everyone’s in my business, so to speak.


  7. Marleen January 24, 2023 / 2:01 pm

    The biggest shitter, today, is Pompeo. For those with a political appetite: YOU PROBABLY WON’T WANT TO READ OR WATCH this one, Fandango. The presentation is fairly calm, though.

    David Ignatius: Pompeo using Khashoggi murder to ‘make a fight for political reasons’ with the media

    Washington Post Foreign Affairs Columnist David Ignatius joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s new book, “Never Give an Inch,” in which he mocks the media’s portrayal of murdered Washington Post Columnist Jamal Khashoggi. “It’s shocking and disappointing. It’s also hypocritical,” says Ignatius. “The issue is he was murdered in a brutal way. As Pompeo says, he was ‘chopped to pieces, hacked to bits’ in Istanbul. And the former secretary of state chooses, I think, to kind of make a fight for political reasons with the news media.”
    Jan. 24, 2023

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  8. pensitivity101 January 24, 2023 / 2:56 pm

    Thanks for joining in Fandango. And congrats on the motion movement!

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  9. JT Twissel January 24, 2023 / 3:38 pm

    I’ve been recouping from a broken ankle and cracked knee cap since Thanksgiving and still tire easily. It wasn’t that hard to take it easily during the storms but now that the sun is out and temps are nearing sixty, I want to plant things and even weed. But once getting down on the ground there’s no getting up for me without help. Bring in the crane lads! Hoist the old broad up and put her back on the deck where she belongs! Hope each day brings accomplishments to be proud of. Like taking a dump!

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    • Fandango January 24, 2023 / 4:11 pm

      I am doing things in PT that, last week at this time, I didn’t think I’d be able to do in just one week’s time, including taking a very rewarding dump! So I’m happy with the relative baby steps I’ve taken and I’m ready to go home on Friday. I also know that there’s still a lot of hard work and pain ahead, but I hope that, in not too many months from now, I’ll be close to normal again.


  10. Marleen January 26, 2023 / 9:48 am

    I had a very vivid dream, last night, which I wouldn’t mind having again. I wasn’t thinking of it when I awoke, but it just slipped into my consciousness now. I don’t want to forget it, so…

    I had left someplace; don’t remember where that was (slightly dark). I entered a very unconventional community. It was like the ideal place I would have wanted to raise my children (but which doesn’t exist). But it was ideal for adults, too. I’my sure how to describe it. First, no one was uptight. Second, very creative. Busy. I don’t think there were any cars; actually think everyone only walked. I’ll have to keep thinking about it. There were details of what people were doing, but they aren’t clear enough to explain yet.

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