dancer“Dancer” stoneware sculpture by kayti sweetland rasmussen

Dr. Advice does not cook. I mean he REALLY does not cook, so in preparation for my short vacation for a tune-up, I am preparing a bit of sustenance in advance. So far a chicken vegetable soup, a chocolate cake and a few enchiladas. He used to feel sorry for our friend Emmett Oliver after Georgia passed away when Emmett stocked his fridge with frozen dinners. Personally I think that was very smart.

This appointment for surgery popped out of the blue a day or so after the stress test. One of those “voices” informed me that the doctor was ready. There was no chance to say “Wait a darn minute–HE may be ready but I haven’t finished reading the brochure”.

Having a bypass of a leg artery may or may not correct my “spaghetti” legs. I don’t think there is a need to drag out my dancing shoes again, but perhaps I can pass along my wheeled transportation. It seems a very positive endeavor. I just hate to be rushed.

Author: kaytisweetlandrasmussen83

I am a retired fine arts teacher, sculptor/painter, writer, and a native Californian. I love my family,dogs, horses, movies, reading and music, probably in that order. I have been married forever to a very nice man who is nice to old ladies, dogs and children.

23 thoughts on “A SHORT VACATION Kate’s Journal”

  1. ohhh my dear friend..just getting caught up on my posts from you..what a time you’ve had.. Thinking of you all the time.. How you write about alll of these things..(still finding the words that Resemble the meaning..hah no, they ARE meaningful and telling the story at the same time. You’ll be out of the hospital and home and COOKING again..before you know it. Not that you WANTto!hah..and Dr. Advice will have you home again..love you my friend.. me

    Sent from my iPad



    1. So glad your hands got better. You went through a lot of pain I know. Hope you are all settled in your new home in W.
      Some days I’m not sure cooking is as pleasant as it used to be. I find I no longer rush to make ravioli or other time consuming things although Sam keeps asking and saying he will “help”. Big laugh. I have even begun clearing out cookware specific to things which take a lot of time. Between Costco and Trader Joe’s, they can supply us with ready-mades which taste nearly as good as home made.


  2. Given a choice between cooling your heels for a month or getting it over with –there’s a lot to be said for moving things along. I figure if a surgeon’s in the mood to work his magic, there’s no need to delay things. Besides, there might be some chocolate cake left for you if things move quickly enough.

    On the other hand, I understand that business of hating to be rushed. I like to read the brochures, too — just to give myself time to get used to the idea of whatever’s about to transpire. I don’t mind going with the flow, but I do like to have a little control over the flow rate. 🙂

    I’m sure all will be well. From what i’ve read about your procedure, it can offer a wealth of benefits. I hope you experience them all!


    1. Of course I could have had a hair appointment that day. Seriously though, I’m glad to get it over with faster than I thought. I do have a tendency to float along lately. I haven’t talked to anyone who actually had the bypass, but I’m sure it isn’t the first one he has done. Thanks for your good thoughts Linda.


  3. All the best, Kayti. I hope the food is good in the hospital. You could ask Dr Advice to pop in and share a dish, if he gets really hungry. I am sure the chicken vegetable soup is too yummy though.


    1. Thanks Gerard. Funny how I always think of food first at any trip. I guess it’s that “wifely” training. Make sure they get fed. I think hospitals do a better job today in feeding people. I have a fond memory of the soups on the last visit!


  4. I love that you use your sculpture (which I bought at a gallery without your knowing…) to ready us for this post. I am glad that your surgery is scheduled. I am ready for you to walk without pain. I do understand your need to read the damn pamphlet before you allow for the bypass. We are all with you in spirit, AK. Love,Cheri


  5. Just home from a road trip with my friend who had the same surgery a couple years ago. Now she can take long walks instead of limping a painful 1/4 of a block. I wish you the same wonderful results. You know I’m happy to do anything to help … just call me. Love and best wishes from both of us.


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