I’m so pretty

Remember the song “I feel pretty? from Westside Story?

Sure you do. Maria sings:

I feel pretty
Oh so pretty
I feel pretty and witty and gay
And I pity
Any girl who isn’t me today
I feel charming
Oh so charming
It’s alarming how charming I feel

With my new urinary incontinence briefs, I, too, feel “so pretty, witty and gay.” Lots of LYCRA®.

Since I last wrote, here’s an update on why I am wearing new underwear and things have been silent.

Unrelated to my cancer, I developed a florid but asymptomatic urinary tract infection that spread to the kidneys at or about the time I flew to Australia.  When I had surgery in January the quite standard use of a catheter likely stirred up some bugs in the urinary tract, and, like spring, they bloomed.  When they hit the blood stream, the “blood hogs” otherwise known as the kidneys took them up and then began to shut down because the blood was infected. Days of IV fluids and various antibiotics in the hospital brought them back from the very serious point they had reached, and at least a month more of daily antibiotics at home will hopefully complete the deal. Happily, it looks like my kidneys will recover without the need for dialysis.

So what am I doing? I can’t be on the bench for lengthy periods of time. So, I will do short matters like sentencing. Otherwise, I am staying home and working from there. I am exhausted. I have lost a lot of weight. The doctors say I should feel stronger in 60 to 90 days. I hope so ’cause even writing this short post is taxing. So, be advised I will write when I can.

Of course, there is an upside. I feel pretty!

RGK

 

21 responses

  1. well, Judge, I hope you feel better soon and are back to your old self. Sounds painful and worrisome. My sympathies. Maybe a good thing if you keep some extra weight off, though.

  2. From the previous post, it appears you didn’t have a lot of extra weight to lose. It would be nice if you could catch a break. That said, listen to your docs and soldier on, Judge. You have a lot of people sending good wishes your way.

  3. Sorry to hear about your new trousers. The up side is that since you’re part of the Baby Boomers they’ve developed adult pull-ups like the ones you’re sporting. In the not so distant past you’d have been wearing really uncomfortable diapers. There’s really no other word for them. We’ve come a long way baby! Having lowered immunity sucks big time. UTIs happen in full bore like the one you’re experiencing. Rest lots, drink lots of water, and feel better soon. Yay for no dialysis.

  4. A very scary scenario. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.
     
     From a man with one kidney.—–“Hercules and the umpire.” <comment-reply@wordpress.com> wrote: —–

    To: tjmcavoy@nynd.uscourts.govFrom: “Hercules and the umpire.” <comment-reply@wordpress.com>Date: 03/25/2015 10:19AMSubject: [New post] I’m so pretty

    RGK posted: “Remember the song “I feel pretty? from Westside Story? Sure you do. Maria sings: I feel pretty Oh so pretty I feel pretty and witty and gay And I pity Any girl who isn’t me today I feel charming Oh so charming It’s alarming how charming I feel “

  5. The West Side Story lyrics you reference are beyond brilliant, under the circumstances.

    You are an inspiration to us all, you know that right?

  6. Dear Judge Kopf–

    I’m sorry about all of your difficulties, and I hope you’ll regain your strength soon. Like so many others who have commented here, I’ve missed your posts and will look forward to seeing them again soon.

    DRF

  7. I vote for Stefanie to write all responses. Reading hers made ME feel better. (Sorry, no italics.) 😉

  8. Judge:
    You had me (us?) worried there for a while. Your attitude about the new underwear reminds me of “Tuesdays with Morrie” when Morrie Schwartz, in describing (you’ll forgive the indelicacy of this) the need for someone to wipe his behind, suggested that enjoyment–rather than embarrassment–was the only way to survive the sheer ridiculousness of such an experience. So, in keeping with the aforementioned, just sit back and enjoy your new pull-ups. I’m sure they look good on ya’.
    Robert

  9. Ha! Yeah, I can give you all the scoop on the latest tips for things like pull-ups and Wanda’s Butt Creme for when our bodies fail us as we glide down the far side of Life. The Judge is getting unfortunately intimate with all the fun things I get to teach my patients at my place of work. Hopefully he’ll get to graduate from feeling pretty in his pull-ups to big boy undies some time very soon!

  10. Glad you are well.

    Look on the bright side. You can watch ALL of the NCAA basketball games starting tomorrow.

    Wichita State and Wisconsin games will be very interesting!

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