The Redo; or Happy New New Year

Recently at home


My eyes open slowly.  Three faces hover fuzzily over me. Eventually, the faces of my id, superego, and ego (Jada, Jodi, and Quiet One) sharpen into view.

Jodi grins and chirps. “Hey, she’s coming around!”

Jodi nods warily.

Quiet One sighs in apparent relief.

I blink.  Something about the light… it’s much brighter.  Things feel lighter again.

My Pomeranian Patty’s face suddenly fills my field of vision.  She’s wearing a little white nurse’s smock and matching cap.  I notice that the trio is also wearing smocks of various colors with Jodi’s being the loudest.  Neon rainbow.  Naturally.

Patty barks sharply to get my attention again and eyes me critically.  Little paws clack away on her iDog beside me. She speaks into the microphone, listening obviously to responses.   She rapid fires a series of questions at me.

I blink.  “Yes, I feel much better … no, I feel neutral … you were born in 2005 and came to live with me Thanksgiving weekend, 2008.  Homicidal urges? Gosh… no, no homicidal urges.”

I sit up and glance around apprehensively for blood on the walls.  Nope.

Jodi gives a thumbs up sign.  “We had to check.  Remember the flight to Mayo Clinic with the coughing, puking, whining tot behind you, and obsessive Chatty Cathy next to you? And you finally arrived starving at the hotel at 1:00AM?  You showed such restraint.  We were so proud of you!”

Jada sighs again happily.

Quiet One snickers.

I remember. “That’s because I couldn’t think how to fashion my plastic cup into a deadly weapon.”

Patty continues chattering into the mic.  I arch a brow at the trio.

Jada explains. “Patty is skyping with Dr. F. on your progress.”

I lie back against the pillows.  My anti-depressive medication had seemingly stopped working six weeks ago. After a alarming downward spiral since New Year’s Eve, I sought tertiary care at Mayo Clinic with Dr. F.  Acting on a hunch from Dr. G., Dr. F. sprang into action.  Within hours, she ascertained that my medication had been effected by severe hormonal changes caused by perimenopause.   She zipped the prescriptions to my local pharmacy, saying that if this wasn’t the answer, I had to return in two months.

I blink again.  By George, I think she got it in one.  I felt absolutely fine.  Wow.

I smile at Patty, who smiles back and ends the call.  So, Dr. F. understands Canine too?  Brilliant.

I throw back the covers and leap out of bed, grinning at the quartet.  “Right!  So, where were we?”

They look at each other.

Jada’s smile turns lopsided.  “Erm, about the tree and stuff …”

I notice finally the sound of music from the living room.  Is that Christmas music on a loop?

Patty throws her head back and howls agonizingly.

Oh.  Right.


15 thoughts on “The Redo; or Happy New New Year

  1. Happy New Year and wishing you a year full of blessings. You’ve made it through with your humour (pardon the “u”, I’m Canadian) intact, there’s a blessing!

  2. For a while I’ve just yet wondered what’s going on. So good to read a couple of thoughts and impressions of you after this doubtless unexpected and painful pause. What I understand is that you are still sitting under the tree with all that stuff??? At least there are a couple of eager little helpers… 😉

  3. Hi Judiang,
    It’s good to see you blogging again and I’m glad that you’re feeling on the mend. RA World is just not the same without you to squee with. Hey, I’ll even squee at DT and TH, too, to be “fair and balanced” like the wolf network. Ha! Though RA is forever my Guy. Sighhh!
    Love & Hugs! Grati ;->

  4. Yay – glad things seem to be working! I’ve missed you! *hugs* Here’s hoping they can finally get the chemistry balanced for you!

  5. Yay! Welcome back to the land of the trouble-making living! 😉

    Also, SO GLAD you have such excellent medical professionals watching out for you!! I’ve had many friends spend part of their medical training @ Mayo so I appreciate the quality and care these wonderful people really put into their job!! 🙂

    Hoping to read more of your story telling talent here soon!

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  7. Sorry I didn’t contribute my two cents to everyone’s glee at your return; I only just saw this post. Know that some of us fully understand you. Glad to see your have sorted things out and your fingers are up and typing again! *hug*

  8. Hormones – blech! They can be such a nuisance!

    Glad to have you back, and that you feel better. 🙂 *hugs*

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