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FINALLY A BREAK!   2 comments

I went to sleep at Midnight last night, got up at 10 AM and at 11 AM a new nurse with a new, simpler IV hookup showed me how to work it. Seems easy enough that even I might be able to do it by myself.An hour later everyone had left and I went back to sleep until 6 PM!The nurse suggested I start drinking electrolytes to build up my energy so I went to Amazon and ordered some to be delivered tomorrow.I do have an appointment to see my primary doctor on Monday and I have a list of questions. Tomorrow I plan to stay in bed all day.I do want to thank everyone for your concern and comments and I promise I will get back to all but right now I am still worn out.Will try to get on with all the ‘drama’ and a thank you to the nurses Carol, Dwight and friends John and Allen because I am so  miserable being miserable and holding such dire thoughts

Posted January 8, 2022 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

ER horrors start at home!!!   1 comment

Wish I could have video taped the day I came home from the hospital walked into my apartment, saw all the IV bags stored in my refrigerators along with all the accessories needed including the IV pole—only one thing missing AND THAT WAS THE NURSE WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO HOOK ME UP TO GET THE NECESSARY ANTI-BACTERIA TO FIGHT THE INFECTED BLOOD!!
I was told it was necessary that I get the IV every 24 hours without fail (though I was never told what would happen if I missed a period.) Who goofed up? The Cardiologist who was supposed to get it set up? The social worker? The Head nurse? The insurance company? At this point it didn’t matter as I had no idea what to do after I called everywhere to find out that those who could help me were away for the rest of the New Year’s week.
The only decision I could come back to since I couldn’t find a doctor to admit me to the hospital was to go to the ER!Oh what a mistake that was though I still don’t know what I could have done instead! For 5 days I spent between 8-10 hours in the ER room seeing people being taken care who had come in way after me not matter what time I arrived.
Logically I could see the degree of emergency would enter the picture upon who was taken first but after 5, 6, 7 hours sitting, reading, listening to people literally groaning out loud, seeing people coming and going knowing your treatment would only needed 30 minutes things started to build. Add all the ‘discharge’ papers you gave to go through, the waiting for wrongs that never came, getting home around 11 PM and Midnight only to have to immediately go to sleep and once again arrange a ride back to the ER.

I had to go to my HMO insurance transportation to get a ‘early trip’ ride and sometimes they didn’t have a ride for me or even arranged one but no driver showed up and as had already mentioned there was always the Uber $46 one way ride.
I won’t get into the amenities, or should I say the lack of them in an ER, but one doesn’t except luxuries though it would be nice to have a little comfort, not  very hard chairs, better, quicker attention paid to patients!  It was the unbearable wait, the not knowing how long before YOU will be taken care of, paid attention to, some recognition.
No, I wasn’t in pain but after 6-7 hours waiting I was ready to walk out and that was only the first day!!
I will say the doctor on duty and 2 of the nurses got to know/recognize me and the last day they took me in almost immediately, gave me the 30 minute IV and even dispensed with the multi-page discharge papers that I already had 5 copies!

Posted January 7, 2022 by greatmartin in HEALTH

and then it got worse!   1 comment

On December 28 I was discharged from the hospital with the understanding that on December 29 a nurse would come to my apartment and set up a IV machine to continue to blood testing to get rid of all infected blood so my aorta valve wouldn’t get infected and cause dire problems.When I got home the IV med was delivered, the IV pole was delivered, various hoses and ‘doodads’ were delivered but NOT a nurse in sight nor would there be one before January 3 Monday!There was not a doctor, a nurse, a medical office open. available due to the New Year’s Weekend. Not having a single person to help intercede gave me a hopeless feeling I never felt before!

An aside before I get to my week of ER horrors!! I’ve looked over the hundreds of discharge papers and no where did I see the name of 2 procedures I went through one of which involved a tube down my throat to take x-rays but also left my throat very sore for several days and I was unable to eat, swallow and/or chew food! That was followed by a procedure first with clear liquid and then a vile liquid that caused me vomiting and diarrhea for 3 days and my introduction to adult diapers.

Oh yes, have I mentioned that I don’t have a car and have to depend on my HMO transportation, TOPS which is a city transit option and such things as Uber,  Yellow cab and Lyfte. In the case of the first you have to give 48 hours notice and in the second 24 hours so when you need to go to the ER neither is really an option!

How about, after 9 hours hanging around an ER and it is close to midnight, you are exhausted, tired and need to get home calling Uber and they are only charging $46 for a one way trip that normally costs $10.45!

You can always call for your HMO ride and then be put on hold for 1 hour 18minutes and 4 seconds (see picture at which point I hung up! and took a Yellow Cab for  the $10.45!)


Posted January 6, 2022 by greatmartin in HEALTH

Hospital wasn’t THAT bad but then….   Leave a comment

(Who has the sense to take pictures of their bloody floors when bleeding all over?  Thanks for cleaning the place Julie!)
It all started Sunday December 19 falling off my recliner (I think?) and then I found myself in Broward Health Center on Monday and spent until Tuesday December 28 in room 3034. The nurses, starting with Ashley who put my robe/gown on—first time I ever remember a nurse doing that as I always remember struggling tying the robe/gown in the back.Ashley was the start of a super line of nurses who were to help me–now if only I could say the same about the doctors but more about that later! (Also, why hasn’t someone made the gown/robe easier to get in and out of with Velcro instead of snaps and cords?)In any case even though I have always admired nurses the conditions they are now working are almost impossible. Many are working a 55 hour 3 day shift! They are short of equipment, short of help and always entering the room with a smile on their face.
Now on the  other hand I seldom saw a and/ or my doctor–I was never quite sure what I had and/or what I was being treated for but on Monday when my doctor said I would be going home in and hour and a half I couldn’t but help and smile. I was also told I would be visited daily by a nurse. I WAS NOT discharged in an hour and a half and in fact didn’t get out of the hospital until the next day at 3 PM but that was just the start of a horror I am still going through tonight at 7: 30 PM!!
I hope NO ONE has to spend going to the ER 4-5 days in a row or ‘live’ what I am going through now. I am, basically, an optimist but I am having a real hard time lifting my ‘spirit’ right now.

More to come.

Posted January 5, 2022 by greatmartin in HEALTH

The Invasion Begins!   Leave a comment

The villain–the big toe–that started it all!! Bacteremia is the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream. It can occur spontaneously, during certain tissue infections, with use of indwelling genitourinary or IV catheters, or after dental, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, wound-care, or other procedures.

Bacteremia may cause metastatic infections, including endocarditis, especially in patients with valvular heart abnormalities. Transient bacteremia is often asymptomatic but may cause fever. Development of other symptoms usually suggests more serious infection, such as sepsis or septic shock.

OR  What diseases are associated with Streptococcus?

Group A streptococci (GAS) can cause various diseases, including strep throat, skin and soft-tissue infections (eg, pyoderma, erysipelas, cellulitis, necrotizing fasciitis, myositis, osteomyelitis, pneumonia, abscess), severe systemic disease, and long-term nonsuppurative complications (eg, rheumatic fever, acute glomerulonephritis)

I do know I have a ‘bad’ blood infection but right now that’s all I know and so I am on an IV which is a whole story itself and problem is if it gets in to the aorta valve it could be lethal!

Posted January 4, 2022 by greatmartin in HEALTH

Take a poll: Choose 1 or 2   2 comments

1)  In the 3rd picture I am still trying to figure out which is the  string beans and which is the  beef?!? This is a Broward Health Center liquid diet sample. (I did lose 16 pounds in the hospital but…..)


2)  “Your Diagnosis”


Elevated WBC count

Lactic acidosis


Acquired stenosis of aortic valve




Fever and chills


  More about the diagnosis tomorrow–I might become a doctor after all!!!


Posted January 3, 2022 by greatmartin in HEALTH

The end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 Part 1   1 comment

On December 19, 2021, at 10 PM I was sitting in my recliner watching television and the next thing I knew it was 11:30 PM or so and I was laying on the floor, bleeding. I don’t know how I got there (it’s not that I drink anymore–I don’t!) but I remember saying to myself I should call 911 but I didn’t! Instead, somehow or  other, I crawled to my bedroom, as the trail of blood would show.

I climbed on top of my bed—fell off—climbed up again–fell off again and after the third time falling off I decided to just stay and sleep there.
There are so many big details I have forgotten and and small ones that still stick in my head. I had a cardiologist appointment at 12 Noon, my HMO transportation was going to pick me up at 11 AM and so when I woke about 10 AM and with all the blood around I finally thought maybe I should call 911or why not call the cardiologist’s office and see what he would want me to do. His office was on the back side of the hospital so he could always get me to their ER if needed.
I called the office, told them the circumstances and the receptionist said they couldn’t tell me what to do, that I would have to make up my own mind! What would be your reaction? In any case I FINALLY called 911 and was on my way to the hospital—I think! I really don’t remember the ride there though I did pack a bag to take with me including my cellphone including the charger, a few magazines and whether before, during or after the ride I texted a note to Julie, who cleans my place, if she would mind coming in when she has the time to clean up the blood and get all the bloody clothes and things in a pile and I would pay her when I saw here.
I did put a lot of bandages all over me as it seemed I was bleeding from my toes, ankles, knees, legs everywhere except from my neck up!
I haven’t even begun!

Posted January 2, 2022 by greatmartin in LIFE

What happens to people? Do they die? Disappear? Or what??   1 comment

For 21 years Peter and I have been exchanging emails, commenting on each other’s blogs and discussing everything from politics to people to social issues but I hadn’t heard from him for a month and I started to get worried.  I emailed him a few times and no response. I tried to get hold of his book publishers and then I started to wonder if something had happened.  He and his partner Hans have been together for over 50 years but I only know Hans from a picture of the two of them. I don’t know if he has Peter’s passwords or even uses a computer.With snail mail chances are if the receiver is deceased you will get a notice to that effect IF the person you live with informs the PO–with email it just piles up in the inbox! I thought I had their home address but I can’t seem to find it but I will keep on looking.In any case I started to think about the many people who have touched my life over the years and all of a sudden all communication stopped and I wondered what happened to them. Did they just change their life and didn’t have time to keep in contact with old friends? Were they so busy they didn’t have time? Okay, granted, most were old now so there was always the possibility they died but if they had a partner wouldn’t the partner inform their friends via social media?I thought back to my teenage years and my next door neighbor Jerry who really helped me when I needed help but when he? me? moved away we stopped communicating. There were the ‘Joes’–redhead Joe from the Bronx, Joe Dorcette from the Brass Rail, Joe the Greek from Miami Beach–I was close to all of them but haven’t heard from any of them in decades!There were the WW/OW ‘girls’–Margie, Barbara, Carole, Bella, Elaine, Shirley, Bonnie Giem, just to name a few who I haven’t heard from since 1979 when I left Tennessee.Talking about Tennessee I haven’t heard from that Joe nor after Issac Searcy visited Micheal and me here in Fort Lauderdale I never heard from him again just as I haven’t heard from anyone in Chattanooga or Memphis (okay Nina and Jean live in Texas now and Glenn lives in Georgia). Close friends I made in Hollywood, California and Hollywood, Florida, are no longer in my life.Jose (Pepe) Cuesta who was very important in my life in the 1960s never missed my birthday, even when I moved to Memphis in 1969 he acknowledged it and even came to Memphis to see me and Johnny in 1975 but he never showed for my 10th Leap Year gala in 1976 and I have never heard from him again.
Bob Kingsbury, Bob Barry, Bernie Abraham are a few I know have died but how many else have and I don’t know!Surprisingly recently I was contacted by Mark and Emir who I haven’t heard from in years, the former who I met in Memphis but surprised me by coming to my Leap Year birthday party in 1992 in Fort Lauderdale, due to their seeing me on Facebook. I was thinking of just listing names and downloading pictures on my facebook page as I had done a brief, very brief, search once there years ago and I did get in touch with 2 women I knew as girls in the Bronx–whatever happened to Susan Schwartz???I could go on for pages naming names and asking what happened to them but I don’t think many people would read them. I do know I arranged for a small comment to be made on my posts about my dying when it happens so people will know whether they care or not–at least they won’t wonder “Whatever happened to GreatMartin?”

Posted December 19, 2021 by greatmartin in personal life

Winter? Summer? December 2021   1 comment

This coming Tuesday, December 21, 2021, my calendar states “First Day of Winter” but I think someone didn’t get the message! I just came back from sitting and reading on The Point while watching people swimming and water skiing in Karen Bay.This is what the temperature is now at 5 PM:  81 degrees with some light–very light–rains coming in on the ocean breeze! We know winter is coming Tuesday because the temperatures will be a high of 80 degrees with a low of 73 degrees at night or so our local weather people say on the maps above and they wouldn’t lie, would they??

PS Ignore my crying for mittens, earmuffs and heavy sweaters when we go below 70, maybe even below 60!– for a couple of nights in January and/or February because by the time they get here it will be warm again!

Posted December 18, 2021 by greatmartin in FORT LAUDERDALE, WEATHER

“Don’t Look Up”–Movie Theatre Review   Leave a comment

Adam McKay wrote, produced and directed “Don’t Look Up” using farce and star names to get his ideas–too many ideas–in this 2 hour and 18 minutes of which an hour could have been cut and made for a much better picture. From a take-off of Trump, in the form of Meryl Streep, a blonde in this movie just in case people didn’t get the idea of who McKay was making fun of, he adds the crowd chanting, wearing hats with DLU on them, to a president who doesn’t believe in science and just happens to be narcissistic, the writer throws a hundred ideas in the movie with, possibly, 5 landing with the audience!

His throwing in a different ‘name’, every few minutes doesn’t help, though all do their job, as the audience just waits to see who will show up next instead of what the one on screen is trying to get across. The standouts in the cast are Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchette, Melanie Lynsky and Mark Rylance, the latter strictly because his character is very annoying and he gets that across from his entrance!

I don’t know if McKay or Leonardo DiCaprio decided that the latter playing an astronomer should be the most sexless, non-good looking man possible, which isn’t easy but they succeed and is very distracting to the film especially when Blanchette and Lynsky are involved with him.Jennifer Lawrence, as one of two astronomers who predict, accurately, that an asteroid will land on earth demolishing all life in 6 months and she takes command of the movie in every scene she is in no matter who is appearing with her.

There are many special effects, too many extended for too long, just as Adam McKay threw too many ideas in one film for it to be successful.

Posted December 17, 2021 by greatmartin in ENTERTAINMENT, FILM REVIEWS

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