Today is a new day, and I know that we can get through this. I must say that I am AMAZED at all of the love and support from both friends and strangers. I decided that I would like to share some stories about my incredible wife that most of you don’t know, and that might make you all smile. I hope you enjoy this one.
In the Spring of 1999, I underwent surgery to remove what we thought was a swollen lymph node from behind my left ear. I find out (after the procedure) that what I had was called a swanoma. A swanoma is a big knot in one of the nerves going in to my face. The doctors had to pull the left side of my face forward, cut my nerves, and remove them. I had facial paralysis for 9 months after this (in all of our wedding pics I can only smile with half of my face). I was in the hospital overnight, and despite the doctors/nurses demands, Katy stayed right there in my room the whole time. The doctor had said I was OK to eat all I wanted, but the nurse insisted on bring me a small cup of soup and a sliver of Jello. Katy went across the street to Waterloo Ice House (where Ihad been doing several gigs), and got a cheeseburger and a piece of chocolate pecan pie…YUM! She snuck them in in one of her HUGE purses, and fed me. She had to feed me because Nazi Nurse (her nick name) had restrained my left arm (I’m left handed). Later, Katy wedged herself in to the most uncomfortable of positions so she could be next to me. When the nurse would come in to check my vitals, she would grab my arm very roughly. Katy asked her to stop. After 2 times of the rough treatment, Katy reached up, snatched that nurse by her arm, and let her know how it was going to be. That was the last time we saw that nurse. After that, a much nicer nurse handled all of my vitals. My hero.
People have always said that we are crazy. Maybe some people don’t understand us, but I can proudly say that we are crazy. And, thankfully, we have always been crazy about each other.
I will again soon.