Posts Tagged ‘hand’

Quick summary of surgery day.

  • 05:25 At the hospital with Rob for his left hand surgery. We got up at 4:20 am. Ugh. #
  • 06:00 They’ve taken him back now for surgery, which they said starts at 7:30. I should see him “in 2 hours.” #
  • 06:42 Very clever. I forgot to plug my computer in last night and the battery is now dead. Planned on writing. Glad I brought a book. #
  • 08:12 Rob is out of surgery. It’ll be a bit before they let me see him. #
  • 09:06 Very tired of waiting, now. The volunteer was snippy when I asked if I could go up. #
  • 09:14 Return of the Giant Block of Foam! #
  • 09:25 Wow. The surgery after Rob’s was removing an extra thumb. #
  • 10:18 We’ve just had breakfast at the same place we did last time. I wonder if they remember us and the GBoF. #
  • 17:27 Thanks everyone for the kind thoughts about Rob and the surgery. He’s doing well. Hardest thing so far was peeling the electrodes off. Ow! #

Out of surgery

They tell me that Rob is out of surgery, but I haven\’t been let up to see him yet. First they put him in the recovery ward while he\’s groggy. I really wanted to see him like that but, alas, not allowed.

Rob’s hand surgery, the left

We got up at 4:20 this morning and headed to the hospital for Rob’s hand surgery. He’s supposed to be the first patient on his surgeon’s schedule. We’ll see what that translates to in terms of actual time.

He took his wedding ring off this morning and says that his hand feels strange without it. I think that’s good.

Meanwhile, later today you can look forward to the return of the Giant Block of Foam. Now, here’s the question. Rob thinks I should customize it, but we’re not sure what to do. How do you think I should mod it?

The Shadow Theatre Budrugana from Georgia

In 1993 I went to the National Puppetry Festival in San Fransisco and saw the Shadow Theatre Budrugana from Georgia. (That’s the country of Georgia, not the state.) Now, I’d seen shadows before, but this was a troupe of hand shadow puppeteers. Everything in their shows was produced by shadows of human hands. Nothing I’ve seen since has rivaled them.

I have a clip of one of their shows on video tape from that festival and used it while teaching for years. Everytime someone posts a YouTube clip of a hand shadow puppeteer, I do a search to see if Theatre Budrugana has anything online.

Today they did.

This is a scene from one of their other shows. Look at the fluidity of the bear and the water that the duck is in.

This is an overview with a lot of different clips, plus some backstage photos. Notice how the hands look like random shapes until you see the shadow on the screen? It’s astounding work. (The second clip is from the show that I had on video. I still want to see the whole thing of that again.)

What a Giant Block of Foam can do for your career

In the world of “my life is completely bizarre” yesterday’s antics have led me to pick up a new gig.   A new, totally rocking, gig.

It goes something like this.  Rob had carpal tunnel surgery on Monday and came home with a Giant Block of Foam strapped to his arm.  I found this amusing.  So did John Scalzi, who linked to it.

It got INSANE amounts of traffic.

And this is where things get interesting.  As if they weren’t already.  One of the 16,000 people who clicked through to see the GBoF works for the National Pork Producer’s Council. You think you can see where this is going, but I promise you that it is even less believable than that.

frightfestpetuniapigOne of their big events is the Legislative Action Conference and they have a full-body puppet of Petunia Pig to do a meet and greet.  Madhu Caesar, the program director for the NPPC had a problem. Their puppeteer had just been sent to the hospital with a broken leg and the Conference is today.  She was frantically looking for a replacement and a chance link about a Giant Block of Foam and Bacon dropped her onto my site where she noticed the link to my puppetry reel.

Would I be willing to come to D.C. on short notice?  Sure!  I like D.C. and I like body puppets.

And then she dropped the kicker, “Of course it will depend on if we can get your security clearance fast enough.”


“The president will be there.”

My jaw dropped. Literally. I didn’t think that really happened.

Fortunately, my brother worked for the state department and I’ve apparently already got a file. Who knew surveillance could be handy?

So I’m going to get to meet Obama, while dressed as a giant pig.

Edited to add: For those folks stumbling across this after the day, this was my April Fool’s post for this year.

Real time account of waiting for Rob’s surgery.

The handy thing about twitter in situations like waiting in a hospital is that afterwards you can look at the datestamps to see how long things really took.  Here’s what our day was like on Monday.

  • 05:57 Rob and I are heading to the hospital for his Carpal Tunnel surgery. About darn time. #
  • 07:09 We are at the hospital and Rob is filling out copious amounts of forms. #
  • 07:14 That was surprisingly fast. They just took him back. They say it’s a fifteen minute procedure. We’ll see. #
  • 07:22 He’s back. Not finished, but because there are more forms to fill out. #
  • 07:55 Despite the large signs saying “Do not eat or drink” the family waiting next to us has set up a breakfast area with coffee & bagels. #
  • 08:03 They’ve taken him back again but say it’s just for ten minutes this time. #
  • 08:19 He’s back. It was standard blood pressure and stuff. The doctor is in the building but there’s no indication of when he’ll go in for real. #
  • 09:11 Two hours later, they’ve taken him back for surgery. I think. Rob says thanks for all the good wishes. #
  • 09:47 The doctor is out talking to the family next to me about the same procedure. So, clearly, Rob has not gone under the knife yet. #
  • 10:24 Heh. A family brought a balloon boquet and it is spontaneously popping, 1 balloon at a time. forunately, everyone seems to think it’s funny. #
  • 11:10 Rob is out of surgery. The doctor said it went well and that Rob is awake and resting comfortably. They’ll take me up to see him shortly. #
  • 11:42 On my way to see Rob! #
  • 11:55 Oh, my. He looks very funny. There’s a giant block of foam strapped to his arm. #
  • 14:33 To say “Thanks!” to everyone who sent their good wishes this morning, here’re photos of Rob & the Giant Block o’ Foam. #
  • 19:41 I’m not sure that laughing at Rob every time he and the Giant Block of Foam enter a room is really helping. #

Bacon on my husband

me:Did you see the ridiculous traffic that post is getting?

Scalzi: Not surprised. Everyone loves foam.

me: The only thing that would be more popular is if I taped bacon to it.

Scalzi: I dare you to do the bacon thing.

me: Oh you are playing with fire there, mister.

Scalzi: It has to happen now.

me: It will be fakin bacon, since we’re vegetarian.

Scalzi: Doesn’t count.

me: Oh come on!

Scalzi: Nope. Has to be the real thing. It is an integrity thing.

me: Seriously? It has to be real bacon? That’s just prejudicial, man.

Scalzi: I think it does. I mean, among other things, using faux bacon would be to admit you HAVE faux bacon.

me: Yes? And there’s a problem with that? I could tape tofu to him. Or eggplant.

Scalzi: It must be thought upon.

me: Hm. I could carve it into bacon.

Scalzi: Ha! Possibly.

me: Although, I think that might be grounds for divorce in some states.

Scalzi: It may be.

Which is what led me to wander into the living room and say, “Honey, I have a favor to ask, without context.  May I tape bacon to your Giant Block of Foam?”


Bacon on Rob

me: That was only moderately successful.

Scalzi: He was resistant, I assume.

Me: No. The fakin’ was.

Scalzi: That’s why you need the real thing, baby!

me: Hmph.

So, the lesson learned here is that one should not question the judgement of Scalzi, the Baconical Wonder.

Home with Rob and the Giant Block of Foam

Rob in recovery We’re home from the hospital and I’ve already had to chase Rob away from the sink, where he was trying to do dishes with one hand.

The surgeon came to let me know that Rob was finished around 11:00 but I had to wait another half an hour or so before they took me up to see him. In the recovery room, they had a row of chairs that would have looked at home on the Enterprise, all occupied with men dressed just like Rob. The only variation was which arm had the giant block o’ foam strapped to it.

Rob at lunch After they released him, I helped him get his jacket on and we headed out to the pharmacy and then to lunch. At the moment he says that the pain isn’t any worse than during the worst days at the winery. Certainly, aside from the giant block of foam strapped to his arm, you’d have no idea that anything was wrong with him. He’s going back next Wednesday to have the stitches out, but is supposed to keep the GBoF attached to him for the next eight days. Also, no lifting of anything, but otherwise, he’s supposed to use the fingers to keep them mobile.

The GBoF should be interesting when he goes back to work…

And yes, we’ve already talked about what puppets I could make from it. It’s good dense foam. And in a giant block.

At the hospital, waiting

They’ve taken him to the back twice, now. The first time he came back and had to fill out more forms. The second time, was to do standard blood pressure and the like.

We’ve learned that in addition to the shoulder block, they will also sedate him to keep his arm from “flopping around.”

Two hours after we got here, they’ve finally taken him back for the surgery.