Birthday Bash and Late Night Crash!

Sydney’s Birthday Dinner

On balance… but that was part of the trouble.  My birthday began well enough.  Almost.  It was to be the Christmas we were unable to have with Charlie and Marta but only Charlie could come.  Still, Nyel made reservations at the Bridgewater Bistro, Cate filled in for Marta,and we met Patty and Noel for a marvelous dinner with visiting by Tony and Ann thrown in.  And Dave Drury and his trio played Happy Birthday!  To Me!

Andrew Emlen of the Skamokawa Swamp Opera

We got home about nine – pitchy black outside.  Nyel took the flashlight and went to check on the chickens.  It seemed to be taking him a long time.  I looked out the east window and could see his light but it wasn’t moving.  Just then my phone rang.  “I’ve fallen.  I think I broke my hip.”  I called 911.  Charlie grabbed blankets.  (It was below freezing but, fortunately, the grass where he had fallen was fairly dry.) Aid Car.  Ocean Beach Hospital ER.  X-rays.  Bad break. Yes, hip.

Charlie Visits Nyel at St. Vincents

Nyel was ambulanced to St. Vincent’s in Portland where he had surgery on Friday morning. Blood pressure plummeted.  Much concern.  Charlie and I feeling helpless at the hospital.  Sunday, no improvement.  Charlie and I went home to host an SRO House Concert for the Skamokawa Swamp Opera. (Fabulous!) Phone calls to the hospital before, during, after.  No improvement.  Transfusions.

One Step at a Time

Monday Charlie and I caravanned into Portland.  Nyel feeling lousy but sitting up and actually walking ever-so-slowly with a walker.  I am staying until he is ready to go home; Charlie said his goodbyes and back to L.A.  “I think we have to stop celebrating Christmas – no matter what time of year it is,” he said.  And we both remembered Christmas of 2016 when Nyel went into congestive heart failure and this merry minuet of hospital stays began.

Damn!  Damn!  Damn! This gentlest of gentlemen has had way more than his share.  We’d gladly give up Christmases and Birthdays, too, for Nyel’s good health.

12 Responses to “Birthday Bash and Late Night Crash!”

  1. Nancy & Roger says:

    I just knew that something was wrong !! No Blog for days. Tell Nyel we are thinking of him and if I was out that way I would bring him some of my
    pea salad that he liked. So sorry about this !!

  2. Erik says:

    Flabbergasted!! Let me know if you could use chicken help or anything else.

  3. sydney says:

    Thanks,Erik! Right now Tucker and Carol have it all under control. When we get home, if that Killer Black Rooster gives me any grief, I will enlist your beheading skills!

  4. sydney says:

    He says he’d love that! I’m amazed that both of you remember that! I only remember Dancin’ Roger! Obviously, I’m not the foodie! I’m the party girl! (Like mother like daughter, eh.)

  5. Caroline says:

    Well, this is a sorry story. Agree. You and Nyel have seen your share of hospitals for a while. Hope all goes well.

  6. jean Nitzel says:

    So sorry about Nyel, it’s just one thing after another. I wish I could do something to help, let me know! Hugs and Love to you both

  7. Pam says:

    I am REALLY sorry to hear this. Do all of Nyel’s falls,
    leg issues, etc. have to do with the surgery that failed? Sending healing
    thoughts, hoping for the best. For both of you.

  8. Larry and Marion says:

    So very sorry to hear this news about Nyel! I’m sure he will pop back up once again as he has a strong will and lots to live for. You both are real troopers but what else can a person do! We will be so happy to hear that you both are back home where your hearts are happy.

  9. Linda says:

    So very sorry! Will be spinning the prayer wheel! Te is in Swedish Hospital here. I’ll explain in email. My love to you both.

  10. Rita says:

    Breaks my heart to hear this:-( We all have to agree that he has had his share of bad things. My thoughts and well wishes are with both of you. Caretaking can be as hard on a person as being a patient. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

  11. sydney says:

    Thanks, Rita.

  12. sydney says:

    Thanks so much, Linda. Please give our love to Te! Damn! Damn! Damn this aging thing.

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