Posted by: gaylejervis | March 9, 2010


You know that you are exhausted when . . . . . . . .

  1. You look at a bottle you just bought at Shopper’s Drug Mart and indignantly find your receipt to return it since the product had reached its expiry date:  April 2011.
  2. You write two cheques and date them 2012.
  3. You read a current article on the internet and notice the year 2010 and realize you need to rewrite two cheques and file away the receipt you have for Shopper’s Drug Mart
  4. You get an e-mail from your nephew asking for your address in order to mail a wedding invitation and you think you are supposed to wait for the invitation before you give him the address
  5. A very large box is delivered from and I see that it is left at our front door but I completely forget to tell Greg about it.
  6. You phone your sister-in-law and two hours later can’t remember if you left a message on her answering machine
  7. You leave a message on the answering machine for your daughter-in-law and conclude by saying, “talk to you later – soon.”
  8. Your husband brings home a full oxygen tank for you and you promptly empty the tank that very afternoon since you didn’t shut it off after you used it.
  9. You take a pill and then walk back to the bedside table trying to remember if you swallowed it or whether you  had just thought about taking it.
  10. You insert your library card into the computer CD drive – but you have a lovable nephew who discovered it and graciously told his Mom that he is sure that my Grandson did this!

I wish I was making up that list for humor’s sake!  Anyways,  the exhaustion continues as I developed cold symptoms last Wednesday.  I stayed awake as the fluid drained in the back of my throat, then I stayed awake with a very sore throat and finally last night I stayed awake as I coughed continually.

When Greg and I went to see the surgeon yesterday, she looked at the results of the test indicating endometrial carciconoma in my uterus and said, “Well, this isn’t good.  When would you like to get this out?” Never thinking I would get a hospital bed immediately, I said, “Now, except that I would first like to get over this cold.”  She asked me when it began and counted the days on the calendar, and said, “How is Friday for you?”  I hope she is right about the longevity of this cold since I am very grateful to have this surgery so quickly.  However, I can’t quite imagine what it would be like to cough incessantly after having abdominal surgery!



  1. Endometrial carcinoma!?!? When did that happen? HOLY COW! I also noticed that Greg was there with you –ha, ha.

    I know we shouldn’t be laughing about your brain going on vacation due to exhaustion, but you made it all sound so funny!! HA HA HA. I’m laughing WITH you, not AT you, I promise!

  2. I wish I could say that your forgetfulness had something to do with your illness but unfortuntely, I suffer from the same malady and I’m not sick (except for my regular bi-monthly cold). They do say that jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles and word search puzzles are good for the mind and memory. With your illness you have had some spare time to do them when you are feeling well enough. On the other hand, people who are overly busy also have too much to remember and end up forgetting things also. However, I am betting you are looking forward to the time when you are overly busy and able to enjoy forgetting a few things because of that experience! We all pray that this surgery may be part of the answer to your health ills and that you will see renewed vigor. As we begin the countdown …3…2…1 we remain confident that your faith and trust in God will see you through. May He continue to ‘lead you beside still waters and restore your soul’. Though sometimes it seems like He has been distant, He remains close at your side. Continue to trust Him.
    Our prayers are with you as you begin this journey to wellness.
    Psalm 73: Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.

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