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Ten On Tuesday

Thank you all so much for your kind comments on yesterday’s post about Dixie. Even though they made me cry it really helped to know that you all were thinking about us and sharing your stories and remembering your own pets, too. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it agin: I have the best blog readers ever.

Okay, moving on.

Today, because this week hasn’t been dramatic enough, my beloved husband is having hernia surgery. It’s an out patient thing and relatively common but still – we’re nervous and apprehensive. I, of course, will have the responsibility of sitting in the waiting room and sometimes I think that’s harder than being the person who is actually undergoing a procedure. And so, today’s Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Things To Do in a Waiting Room.

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  1. Read. Something absorbing to keep you from being distracted by the noise of other people around you.
  2. Knit. When the distractions make reading too difficult.
  3. Listen to music. With headphones, of course.
  4. Check email. Because one must stay in touch.
  5. Check Facebook. See #4.
  6. Make lists for grocery shopping, work stuff and upcoming vacations. This works especially well if you have a smart phone or tablet with you.
  7. Peruse Pinterest. Sure, Pinterest is a time suck but you’re stuck in waiting room hell so why not waste some time on Pinterest? Plus, it’s pretty.
  8. Write thank you notes. Of course, this means remembering to bring notes and addresses with you when you go.
  9. Doodle. I hear it’s a great distraction but I’ve never tried it myself.
  10. Pray. I will be. Constantly until I know he’s safe.

Now that I think of it, I should have made this last week’s topic so that I could have gleaned ideas from all of you in advance. If you wrote a post for today be sure and click the button below to share it with everyone. And if you’d like to subscribe to the weekly Ten on Tuesday email simply click here.

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  1. I always people watch a little when it comes to the drs and nurses and have my own little version of general hospital going in my head. πŸ™‚ keeps me going… and knitting, of course.

  2. Definitely the knitting! Best dishes to Dale. Sending all the good karma, jujus, and speedy recovery thoughts his way.

  3. LOL- “dishes” should most definitely be wishes! Damn you autocorrect and for me not catching it in time. πŸ™‚

  4. My you are having a week! Positive thoughts going out to Dale for a successful surgery! Four years ago my husband had ankle replacement surgery. The procedure was relatively new and made us both very anxious. I was pretty occupied with reading and knitting until we got closer to the time when the Dr. Said they would be done. Then I got antsy! Thinking of you!

  5. So sorry about Dixie, and prayers for Dale. Since the waiting room is a place you can’t escape until the procedure is complete, and your loved one sufficiently recovered, I like to take something I’d normally not care to do but still needs doing. Like mending small items.

  6. Having been in the same situation a couple of times recently, your list
    is perfect! Best wishes to your husband for a speedy recovery! Sending
    positive thoughts your way.

  7. When my husband had surgery I brought a friend with me to distract me. It did help – we talked, had lunch and prayed together.

  8. Yep. That’ll do it. I’ll be thinking of you and Dale today! Sending healing juju your way. (And much love, too.)

  9. Sending healing wished to Dale and calming thoughts to you!
    The only thing I’ve ever done in a waiting room, and I know Smith did when waiting for me, was to talk to family and friends (and pray). It was too hard to concentrate on anything else.

  10. All the best to you and Dale. My husband had double hernia surgery in February and it went well–so, we’re sending Dale all the good vibes that we’re not using at the moment and some we added to them! Around here escaping from the TV’s in waiting rooms is a challenge!

  11. Sending positive thoughts to you and Dale for a successful surgery and hoping for a speedy recovery!

  12. So sorry about your Dixie and sending prayers up for your beloved. What a week!
    I don’t own a smart phone and so still do many tasks old school with pen and paper and a spiral bound agenda… but when it’s all said and done, my knitting goes with me everywhere and especially to the waiting room. I like that I can think, pray, or chat quietly with whomever is with me (one of my kids or Dan) while keeping the needles moving. πŸ™‚

  13. You appear to be indulging in the ‘all the hard things at once’ philosophy this week. Hugs and prayers all around. Is this the surgery that got post-poned due to a cold or something? Not that it matters. May the time go quickly and the procedure go well.

  14. Hugs to Dale. Hope the recovery is speedy. Knitting has saved my sanity through many hours of surgery and chemo for my husband. I thank my mother every day for teaching me how to knit when I was a child!

  15. My BIL had to have hernia surgery… in Brazil. Um. Be glad you’re in the U.S.!! (He’s fine, but it would definitely have gone better here.) Here’s to a swift & speedy recovery for Dale (and for you — it’s stressful!)!

  16. Best to your husband and a speedy recovery after his surgery. So sorry to read about your beloved pet; I know how it feels and also, that you’ll soon remember the happy times with Dixie. Wishing you well.

  17. It’s a relatively quick surgery, doubt you will get to everything on your list. As I recall, I mostly did basic socks and “people watched”, because some of those folks were just too unusual to ignore.

    Best wishes for Dale’s rapid recovery. When he stops sounding like a little boy you’ll know he is just fine. πŸ™‚

  18. May Dale recover quickly and completely. This is usually a small surgery and I hope that is true here. Blessings to you both!

  19. I hope Dale’s surgery went ok. When DH had a surgery, I mostly watched the board/tv that updated the progress of all the surgeries going on. And I people watched. I was nervous enough that reading and knitting didn’t work. Everything turned out fine as I’m sure it will for Dale too.
    Waiting is awful. The person having surgery at least gets some drugs….the waitor doesn’t get that option! πŸ˜‰

  20. I wondered about who would be waiting and for whom. Keeping you both in my prayers, Mary p.s. this prompt really did make me appreciate the time I’ve had AWAY from the waiting rooms!

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