I’m Back!

I hate that blog title because it insinuates that I’m just a casual blogger and just remembered to post something after an eight-month hiatus. Well, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything on here, but let me fill you in on what’s been going on in bullet-points:

  • I tried to earn a Dad of the Year award by spoiling my kids and taking them to Chuck E. Cheese’s each Saturday.
  • Sarabeth said that place is dirty.
  • I laughed it off.
  • “Come on, kids! Do you want to spend another Saturday at Chuck E. Cheese? Show me your happy dance!”
  • One sick kid.
  • Two sick kid.
  • One very sick dad.
  • Spots. Fever. Chills. Hallucinating (apparently). Bed rest.

Basically that bed rest is what did me in. I developed a blood clot in my left leg because I hadn’t moved in over a week. The blood clot developed because I had my ACL repaired ten years ago and had a blood clot then. Apparently they’re famous for encores.

So that required an impromptu trip to the ER. Mind you, this is after a stubborn and determined walk around the zoo with the kids and an uphill walk to the library even with my leg swelled to the size of an elephant’s testicle.

“I’ll be fine,” I kept telling Sarabeth. “Let me just run it off.” So I stretched, jogged, did Yoga, and continued doing the Happy Dance with the kids from Chuck E. Cheese’s Youtube channel. Some habits die hard.

Finally Sarabeth put her foot down (because I no longer could). She made me ask a trusted crmekjgxgaebxcadoctor and he said to haul ass to the ER pronto. The kids and I finished our snow cones (I was still going for Dad of the Year), I dropped them off at home, grabbed a book, and told my wife they’ll probably keep me overnight.

They did. For five nights.

The only reason the clot didn’t reach my lungs or my heart was because apparently I was born with abnormally narrow tummy vessels. So the clot couldn’t fit, even though it was trying.

Twelve episodes of Breaking Bad, four CAT Scans, three ultra sounds, two surgeries and about a trillion-and-a-half blood tests later, my leg was as good as new – new like a newborn baby’s who can’t walk.

Oh, speaking of babies, I came home from the hospital to a phone call saying that the state of Kentucky has a child they would like for us to take in. A normal couple would have said no, except this normal couple made a promise years back that we would never say no to a child. No matter what.

And, my mom-in-law was in town already, so she was happy to be around for the arrival of a new kid.

All of this to say that I’m alive and well, my publishing company is still (miraculously) on track for releasing our first two books next month, and we’ll be continuing the story of “The Underneath” by popular demand.

So… how’s your month been?

Published by Andrew Toy

Writer when I'm not being a husband or dad. So mostly just a husband and dad.

59 thoughts on “I’m Back!

  1. Nothing like life to inspire us- though sometimes it’d be great if it did it to us from a distance and it didn’t involve Hospitals. And Surgery. And Binge Watching. From a Hospital.


  2. Isn’t it funny how life has a way of saying “no soup for you” when you go for parent of the year? My “no soup for you” came when mine was in kindergarten and I was a class room volunteer. Came to the tune of bacterial pneumonia, iv stints and 3 antibiotics. So I feel your pain. Hope you get well soon.

    Bravo on the philosophy about the child. 🙂


  3. Glad that blood clot didn’t travel! You push yourself and here I am thinking “my wrist kind of hurts a little, maybe I should see a doctor…” It isn’t swollen, it isn’t red, I didn’t injure it, I can still do everything normally… It just hurts a little.


      1. I actually did go in a few months ago and got an x-ray then an MRI because they thought it was a ligament problem but the MRI was fine. I did physical therapy twice and the pain went away. Now it seems to be back but not too bad, just lingering.


  4. It is perfectly human that at some point the universe reminds you that you’re not so perfectly human. I hate it when that happens! Wishing you a continued recovery and more hours in each day to catch up on everything!


    1. I’m just trying to make it shine through my vocals now. I’m sure I’ll actually get to see someone laugh at one of my jokes one day 😉


  5. Invaluable information. Blood clots are so dangerous. I will never risk unnecessary surgery now. I could have had similar surgery when I was a teenager and did not, for no real reason.


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