Adventures in Imperfection

Yanked out Insides and Silly Numerical Expressions

It’s 7:23 a.m. and in about 24 hours, I’ll be back at my desk, ear bud in place and working again.

Medical leave has done left the building!


Thanks to everyone who sent me well wishes and reminders to lay low and rest (I tried!!) The surgery wasn’t serious and recovery was uneventful minus the need for spontaneous drool-filled naps and a few mishaps that would have happened even if my insides hadn’t been yanked out. In fact, I’m feeling so vulnerable and authentic today that I’m willing to share the laundry list of mayhem with you.

One thing you may not know about me is my obsession for numbers and statistics.  Now, don’t ask me to make change at a concession stand because I’ll go running to the bleachers like I’m being chased by zombies. But, give me ratios, geometry and algebra and I’m all over it. It’s with that notion that I’m happy to divulge some medical leave stats with you. The numbers aren’t as exciting as the American League standings, but they are a bit more relevant:

Woo! Hoo! Go Greg and Alex!!

MamaMick’s Numerical Break-down

Number of days spent on leave: 28
Number of days I wanted to be on leave: 29
Work e-mails in my inbox: 1,212
Work e-mails answered during leave: 2

Post-op days of pain pills: 1
Post-op days it took to recover from anesthesia: Never. Brain cells-gone (quite a few missing to begin with)

Amount of the water bill: $75.37
Amount I accidentally electronically paid: $7537.00
Days it took me the water company to refund me: 3
Length of time before hubby forgets and forgives: still waiting

Number of days before I started running again: 8
Length of nap taken on Day 8 (after the run): 3 hours

How long it took to get back into the garden: 3 days
How many weeds pulled: a bazillion
How many patches of poison ivy on my body: 8
How many I’ll actually show people: 7

And, finally….

Number of great friends, family and co-workers who sent cards, flowers,texts, food, love and good vibes: too numerous to count.

I’m truly grateful for the fantastic people I have in my life and feel blessed beyond words to have you. A mere “thank you” seems inadequate, but it’s what I have and it’s from the bottom of my heart. xo



28 thoughts on “Yanked out Insides and Silly Numerical Expressions

  1. A little turmoil Michelle, but I can’t for the life of me figure out what was wrong with the water bill amount! What’s an extra digit or two. Or hasn’t anyone cottoned on to the fact that your stashing money to go to the Maldives for a month to make up for all the pain you’ve been through. You NEED a holiday after that πŸ™‚ Plus that horrible anesthetic takes literally months to get out of your system… Maldives apparently has this atmosphere that will return you to normal…you won’t want to come back. See, back to normal πŸ™‚


    1. Oh Mark,
      I DO like the way you think. As the e-mails continue to multiply, I find myself wandering out to the garden and daydreaming about the Maldives. Thank you for putting visions of turquoise colored water and white sands into my head…it may just get me through tomorrow. πŸ™‚


    1. Oh Diana,
      It was NOT a good situation. I almost did it again (the decimal on my computer sticks). It would have been even more difficult to explain paying a $12,300 electric bill (it was $123.00)!!


      1. Hi! I’m sorry! I meant to send that earlier. It is
        Actually, I think I sent it, but it could have spammed. I hope to put your poem up next week. Out of curiosity, do you have a favorite flower?


      2. A lot of people’s comments are getting sent to spam now, and I dont know why. But thank you for sending it again. My favorite flowers are Lilly’s and absolute favorite is the oriental lilly.


  2. lovvvvve the stats – and laughed – also – so cool how a list of stats can share so much about a person – so I enjoyed the getting to know you more form that. well done – and best wishes as you get back to those waiting work emails – and congrats for only responding to 2 of the many – wow!

    TTYS ❀


    1. Hi Yvette!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed. I tried to find the balance between funny reveal and TMI avoidance πŸ™‚
      Sitting at my desk this morning…weeding out the junk e-mails. Less than 1K to go!


  3. Those decimal points are tricky little wickets. My telephone banking automatically puts in the decimal point – which has resulted in my paying $5.00 on a $500.00 bill. Which is much funnier than paying $50,000 by error (not that there’s ever $50,000 in my bank account – but we are talking hypothetically).

    Glad you’re feeling better and headed back to work – and I am trying very hard to figure out where that 8th poison ivy rash is and how it got there.Ha!

    Great positive post MamaMick!


    1. Too funny! I think it was my bank auto-decimal that messed me up, too. Thank goodness I know the woman at the phone company. She held everything tight till we got it straightened out πŸ™‚
      I hope that you are doing well, Paul! I always enjoy hearing from you πŸ™‚


  4. That’s a lot of water!! I accidentally paid a big credit card bill twice and hadn’t had surgery or anesthesia beforehand. Glad your recovery went well…enjoy your last hours of leave! That Elvis pic is great.


    1. Oh yes! The dreaded “Double Pay”
      How about the “switch pay?” When one check goes into a different envelope for a different bill?
      Some days it’s amazing that I can string sentence together.
      Thanks for stopping by Kristen…glad you liked Elvis πŸ™‚


  5. This: “….drool-filled naps…” Ah, yes, the gift that keeps on giving. You wake up disoriented and soggy, forget about it, and then see that disgusting pillow when it’s time for bedtime (or another nap).

    Not that I’ve had *any* personal experience with this…. πŸ˜‰

    Glad you’re feeling better!!


    1. Ha! Ha! YES!! Thanks for admitting to being a drool soul sister!
      Not being a nap taker, one of those naps had me extra disoriented and jumping off the couch in complete panic because I thought I’d forgotten to get my son somewhere…phew! Head Rush πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by, Cindi! I hope all is well in your beautiful corner of the world! xo


  6. Good to hear you’re on the mend. The realities of work, etc. come crashing quickly, don’t they? But the great thing is that you have so many on your side – a brigade of well wishers and family and dear friends who have helped you along and given you the gift that you generously give back to others – unconditional caring and love. What a groovy trip! Make sure to ease into the old world there – don’t get all Armageddon on your return to work…but I imagine that’s not your style anyways πŸ™‚



    1. Great advice, dear Paul!
      I’m feeling so bad…I read your latest article (fantastic as always) and have yet to respond.
      Just a few more e-mails to go and I’ll spend some quality time over your space.
      Hope you are having a fantastic Friday!!


  7. Oh, bless you! Sending love and healing vibes, my friend, for a speedy recovery. I have just written about joy and laughter being the vehicles to drive us away from the denser energy of feelings of worry etc. So I’ve taken a break and then come to read your post where you embody just that notion. And by writing about it, you inspire others too. :-). Much love. xo


    1. Hi Angela!
      Your post sounds like it has a wonderful message…was just thinking about how unproductive worry can be this morning.
      Seriously, I can’t WAIT to see what all you’ve been up to. You bring me joy. xo πŸ™‚


      1. There’s a quote I love from a movie (can’t remember which one) that goes: Worry is meditating on shit. :-D. So I try to meditate on the beautiful things in life, and whatever may bring me more peace – I really don’t fancy meditating on poo.
        Reading your inspirational posts is a meditation in itself..may you long continue to write, my friend; you bring me joy too. :-)xx


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