Movie Trailer Review: Dumbo, Kin, Goosebumps 2 and More

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Dennis Quaid is trying to keep his boys out of trouble. His older son just got out of prison, and his adopted younger boy finds a giant, futuristic laser gun. This trailer sprinkles some brotherly love into a science-fiction chase-and-shoot movie, and the results are confusing.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

R.L. Stine’s spooky books came to life in the first Goosebumps movie, but there was one special book that was hidden. So once the kids find it in this movie, all the crazy creatures come out again! Another minus is the fact that Jack Black is not in this one, but he does appear in the similar looking “The House with a Clock in its Walls.” The scariest thing about this trailer? Evil Gummy Bears!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Speaking of movie we don’t need another of… no, wait. Let’s give it a chance. This is a comic-book movie that is actually animated to look like a comic book. We have multiple Spider-Men, so this could really be a different experience. Gwen Stacy shows up at the end of the trailer, and that surprise really should have been saved for the movie.


Disney continues its quest to have animated and live-action versions of all of its movies. The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella were successful, so it’s hard to argue with that formula. A pair of kids befriend little Dumbo as the song “Baby Mine” ties this movie back to the classic. We get a glimpse of Dumbo flying at the end, so there’s nothing new here. Still, most viewers won’t mind.

A Star Is Born

Speaking of remakes, this is a three-make following the Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand versions of this story. The casting is innovative, with Bradley Cooper playing the established singer, and Lady Gaga portraying the novice. Cooper’s voice holds up well, while Gaga’s familiar sound will bring every one of her fans to the theater.

The Little Stranger

Here’s an old-school haunted house movie, as a once-stately British manor has fallen into disrepair in 1949. Ruth Wilson and Charlotte Rampling live in the home, while Domnhall Gleeson shows up to figure out what’s wrong. When all of the bells from all of the rooms start ringing at once, we know something’s not right. But the question remains…who’s the Little Stranger?

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Another Godzilla movie? It started out looking different, as we hear a long story about how the apocalypse can only be averted by digging up some “Titans” that have been hiding in the earth for thousands of years. Finally, one emerges looking like Godzilla … and it is Godzilla! This would have been better as a different movie called “Rise of the Titans” or something.

Nobody’s Fool

Tiffany Haddish shows up yet again! She’s in another “Winner of the Week” as a woman who gets out of jail and shows up at her sister’s place. The sister is a high-level corporate executive, played by Tika Sumpter. Instead of just a culture clash between the sisters, we get a good revenge story as they team up to find the man who catfished the corporate sister. Score another one for Haddish and her hard-working agent.

Movie Trailer Review: Night School, Mary Poppins Returns, Dog Days and More

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John Cho plays the father of a 15-year-old girl who goes missing after a study session with her friends. Like “Unfriended,” this entire movie takes place on the computer. Cho’s character uses Facebook, Skype and other programs to help track down his girl. I also have a 15-year-old daughter, so this movie is supposed to hit home with me. However, the trailer devolves into predictable chaos at the end. I hope the movie will have a more satisfying ending.

Crazy Rich Asians

The title says it all here, as Constance Wu’s character is whisked off to Singapore by her boyfriend (Henry Golding), who is revealed to be “crazy rich.” Michelle Yeoh (from one of my all-time favorites, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), plays the boyfriend’s disapproving mother. Will he follow his heart or obey his mom? Awkwafina plays the bride-to-be’s best friend, and she introduces us to the epithet “banana” (“yellow on the outside, white on the inside”), which sounds like a term we won’t be allowed to say in the near future. The predominantly Asian cast is very refreshing, and I hope we see more movies like this in the future.


A Simple Favor

Anna Kendrick plays suburban mom Stephanie, who is swept into the mysterious disappearance of her glamorous new friend, Emily (Blake Lively). The playful French music in the trailer adds to the intrigue. As Stephanie unravels the mystery, she falls for Emily’s husband (Henry Golding again!). The producers shouldn’t have given away that juicy plot twist, but at least we don’t know what’s the “simple favor” Emily asked of Stephanie before her disappearance.


Welcome to Marwen

Steve Carell plays a World War II historian who is beaten by five thugs in a random act of violence. With his memory erased, he photographs a world of Barbie dolls who look like his female friends reimagined as avenging warriors. The outcome of his search for healing and justice never seems to be in doubt, but we are supposed to be intrigued by the lifelike appearance and animation of the dolls.


Bad Times at the El Royale

Jon Hamm plays the owner of the El Royale hotel, which is located on the border of California and Nevada. A priest (Jeff Bridges) soon learns that bad guys are doing bad things there. Then the trailer switches into a weird gear, which Chris Hemsworth showing up looking like Jim Morrison. A woman belts out “This Old Heart of Mine” to herself, and then walks out into the rain. Huh? Bridges’ character says he’s not really a priest. Don’t give that away in the trailer!



Jennifer Garner undergoes a dark transformation after her husband and daughter are gunned down by members of a drug cartel. Justice is denied, as the judge and cops are in the pocket of the bad guys. The defense attorney gaslights her by questioning whether she really saw what she thinks she saw. The mild-mannered mom resurfaces five years later as a vigilante of vengeance. We are supposed to ask ourselves if we would do the same if we were in her shoes; let’s hope we don’t have to find out.


Dog Days

How much you will like this movie depends on one question: Do you like dogs? If you do, this is the movie for you. Four dogs weave their way through the lives of 12 people in Los Angeles. It doesn’t matter what these dogs are doing. The doggie love just flows, and the people involved with them learn to love each other, too. The cast includes Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Rob Corddry and Adam Pally. I feel like I was in the room when this idea was pitched: “What if we did a movie like Love Actually or Mother’s Day … but with dogs?”


Mary Poppins Returns

The teaser trailer follows a kite as it blows around a familiar-looking British neighborhood. It eventually mounts to the sky, where our favorite governess rides down with it, instead of her trademark umbrella. Emily Blunt delivers her lines well enough for us to give her a chance to play Mary Poppins. We’ll see if she portrays the snippier version of the character from P.L. Travers’ books. However, the original movie was such a classic that this film seems like must climb a mountain of expectations to satisfy the audience. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke are a tough act to follow, and so is the original film’s amazing music.


The House with a Clock in its Walls

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett show a young relative the secrets of a magical house. The first part of the trailer is Potter-esque, as the boy discovers that he has a tremendous aptitude for magic. Then we learn that house has a doomsday clock within its walls, planted there by its evil previous owner. Describe this trailer in three words: “Confusing magical fun?”



This cartoon tells the Bigfoot story backwards, as Channing Tatum’s Bigfoot (living in a colony of Bigfeet) discovers a mythical human for the first time. People and Bigfeet can’t understand each other’s speech and are scared of each other! That’s about it. This movie will entertain the kids, but adults will be checking their phones after they’ve identified all the celebrity voices (Zendaya! Common! LeBron!)


Night School

Winner of the Week! We know Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish will be hilarious. The real treat is that the minor characters are really funny, too. We have the assistant principal who Hart accuses of using a “black voice” (he denies it). One of the students is Skyping in from jail, where he gets into a brutal fight. Rob Riggle shows up on the night mission to steal a test in a bright yellow outfit. Yes, Night School is going to keep it 100.

Movie Trailer Review: Mile 22, Bumblebee, Aquaman and More

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Mile 22

Mark Wahlberg is a special-forces agent in a group called “Overwatch,” which makes us think that’s the title of the movie. Ronda Rousey is part of his crew, so that’s a plus. John Malkovich tells us that some item must be delivered to Mile 22 – there’s the title! For some reason, this movie has so much action that it should be seen in Large Format or even IMAX! That’s a big promise, so Mile 22 must deliver.


Alita: Battle Angel

Alita’s barely conscious brain is transferred into a new makeshift body created by her personal Geppetto, played by Christoph Waltz. He’s getting a rare break from playing a villain. Or is he? Because once Alita finds a super costume, which seems to be calling to her, even the good guys start trying to kill her. Alita seems to be too small to be an action hero, but she is just staying true to her anime roots.


The Meg

The trailer changed, and the new version gives away more of the movie. The “Megalodon” shark seems to be a regular great white shark that is just super-duper-sized. The trailer can’t seem to decide whether this is a comedy or a monster movie.


The Girl in the Spider’s Web

I’m shocked they are making the second Dragon Tattoo movie, since the first one didn’t set the box office on fire. Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander is the star of the show, to the point where we barely see journalistic protagonist Mickael Blomkvist. Despite my bias, I have to admit that writers aren’t as exciting as avenging-angel hackers.



I have no idea what’s going on here. We see some World War II soldiers in a plane. They stumble across a mad scientist who is creating some kind of black, gooey life form. Will we ever discover what’s going on? “No!” my daughter says. “J.J. Abrams will not tell you what’s in his magic mystery boxes!”


First Man

Neil Armstrong’s story looks like it’s not shot in HD, which makes it look more authentic. Instead of the historical tone of ABC’s “Astronaut Wives Club,” First Man focuses on serious drama and action. It’s “the most dangerous mission in history,” which it’s important to emphasize since we all know how it ends. Although the spacesuits don’t seem authentic (the gloves should be thicker!), Kyle Chandler performs well as the no-nonsense ground-control leader. Poor Ryan Gosling as Armstrong keeps getting yelled at by his wife (Claire Foy, challenging Tiffany Haddish for the title of who’s in the most upcoming movies).



A dark-looking DC Comics origin story. Have we seen this before? The scene with little Aquaboy backed up by all the fish in the aquarium looks like a scene from Finding Nemo. Two villains seems to be too much in the movie, and some of the CGI is a little too obvious. The undersea scenes look like the highlight. Jason Momoa is going to have to drag this film across the finish line using his charisma alone.


Johnny English Strikes Again

Once we get over the disappointment that this isn’t a James Bond movie (and the relief that it’s not a Mr. Bean movie), this ends up being pretty funny. It’s not hard to make a funny spy spoof, as we learned from Get Smart, Top Secret! (an underrated gem) and the Austin Powers movies. It’s a bit confusing why a complete idiot is placed in charge of an important mission, but that’s been going on since the Pink Panther movies.



The fact that Bumblebee can’t talk is a plus. The teenage girl protagonist is reminiscent of the last Transformers movie, First Knight. The relationship between the girl and Bumblebee also calls up Monster Trucks and the upcoming A-X-L. Don’t blink or you’ll miss John Cena as a heel, which WWE fans have been praying for since 2010.


Operation Finale

This was the most impressive trailer of the bunch, posing the question “What do you do when you capture a monster?” In this case, it’s famed Nazi Adolf Eichmann. Should you put him on trial or just kill him? All those questions come up, as Eichmann mockingly states that his life is worth those of 6 million Jews. Ben Kingsley turns in another outstanding performance.

Is Kathy Griffin’s Comedy Career Over?

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - MAY 06:  Kathy Griffin performs at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on May 6, 2016 in Thousand Oaks, California.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/WireImage)

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – MAY 06: Kathy Griffin performs at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on May 6, 2016 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Jeff Golden/WireImage) 


Is Kathy Griffin’s Comedy Career Over?
Don’t worry, Kathy Griffin, you won’t get “arrested” for holding a bloody, decapitated replica of President Trump’s severed head.
Freedom of speech is a double-edged sword. Griffin’s freedom to pull a stunt like that is balanced by CNN’s freedom to fire her from its New Year’s Eve show after 10 years.
Trump is always going to fire back at his critics on Twitter; Griffin knew that. So he wasn’t “bullying” the comedian when he Tweeted:
“My children, especially my 11 year old, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
If someone displayed a bloody effigy of my father, I would freak out, too … and I’m a lot older than 11.
The wrong joke
Timing is everything when it comes to comedy. Griffin’s display was supposed to mock Trump’s “blood coming out of her … whatever” line from last year.
The joke wasn’t timely, and it was too gruesome. As Griffin admitted in her apology, “it wasn’t funny.”
You can’t blame Griffin for trying. If I’ve learned anything from watching eight seasons of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” it’s that comedians will do anything for a laugh.
Decency and decorum go out the window when you’re chasing the high of that big audience reaction.
Another thing Griffin chases is relevance. She knows she’s never been a huge star, as she used to have a reality show on Bravo called “My Life on the D List.”
So Griffin knew that even if this joke bombed, it would get people talking about her more than ever. Every president is an easy target for his critics…especially Trump.
Also, I’m not buying Griffin’s line that “he broke me” by calling her “sick.” She has dealt with hecklers on stage who have said much worse.
If federal agents had thrown her into an interrogation room for hours and treated her like a terrorist, then yes, I would believe that could “break” Griffin. But that didn’t happen.
What happens now?
Griffin worried that she is “not going to have a career after this.” She’s not paying me to be her agent, but here’s what she should do:
  • First, Griffin should lay low for a while. Stay out of the spotlight and work on some new comedy material.
  • Next, she should embrace the controversy and brand herself as an “outlaw” comic who isn’t afraid to say anything. The damage is done, so it’s too late to “play it safe” as a comic.
  • Finally, she should call up Mo’Nique and do a comedy tour and HBO special with her.
Remember Mo’Nique? She won an Oscar for “Precious,” but she has mostly vanished from Hollywood movies. Mo’Nique isn’t shy about talking about how she has been “whiteballed” from the industry.
So Kathy Griffin’s comedy career will continue. She won’t have to “pull a Brockmire” by disappearing for 10 years before re-emerging in the low minor leagues.
She just needs to take a deep breath and realize that this joke just didn’t work.

Teaching Math with Life of Fred

By Jeff Gorman

When I learned that I would be teaching math this summer to kids in Grades 3-5, I knew it was time to call on our friend Fred.

“Life of Fred” is a series of math books written by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.  The books tell the story of Fred, a 5-year-old math genius who is a college professor in Kansas.

Fred sees math problems everywhere he looks, and the students enjoy his life story while stopping from time to time to work on math problems.

The first three books are called “Apples,” “Butterflies” and “Cats.” Figuring those were for Grades K-2, I read “Dogs” to my third-graders, “Edgewood” to my fourth-graders and “Farming” to my fifth-graders.

I read them two chapters a day, stopping the story when it was time to do a math problem on the board. I squeezed in an extra chapter at the end of Week 2 to finish the book.

With one week left, I started each class on the next book, with the fifth-graders moving on to “Goldfish.” So I read about 1½ “Life of Fred” books to each of my classes.

I also incorporated  Fred’s image into the class. I drew him on the board each day with some math problems for students to work on when they entered class. I called it “Fred’s Early Bird Challenge.”

I was going to call the final day’s test “Fred and Kingie’s Super Early Bird Challenge,” adding a drawing of Fred’s doll, Kingie.

However, one of my kids asked, “Does that mean we have to show up super early?”

So I changed it to “Fred and Kingie’s Early Bird Super Challenge.”

I also tried to keep the students entertained by stopping to show them Kingie’s beautiful oil paintings and asking them if they could find the hidden mouse on Fred’s bus trip to Edgewood.

I also gave Fred a squeaky Mickey Mouse voice, Kingie a snobby butler voice and Alexander an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice because he’s so big and strong.

In the future, I would give my students more challenging Fred books, because Schmidt did not write the books to be read once a year. Some of the addition and multiplication facts were too easy for my students, so I had to go online to find them more challenging problems.

But still, the kids learned a lot from Fred and were very entertained. When I asked on the test what was their favorite part of class, many of them said “Life of Fred.”

My Second Week With Three Broken Jaw Bones

On June 19th, I fell out of my wheelchair and broke my jaw bone in 3 places.  I recounted the first week here and then my husband wrote from his perspective.

dealing-with-broken-jaw-boneYes, this is actually me smiling!  Isn’t it just inviting?

I look like I’m in a hospital gown, but that’s actually a loose fitting shirt for me to easily go over my chin.

I’m writing this so that hopefully someone out there might get some inspiration.  I googled “how long to recover from breaking one’s jaw bone” and really didn’t find much content on this vast web.

Day 8 – Talking. Talking. Talking.

This is the first that I’ve been out of the house since coming home from the hospital.  I was nervous, scared and excited!  When Dr. Papas saw me at the hospital he had explained why he didn’t think I needed surgery, but was still unsure and he wanted to give me a quick look over and determine if I’ll need surgery or X-rays.

The day was beautiful!  The sun decided to come out and brighten my outing.  It was a bit chilled in the high 60’s for Ohio.

We arrived and he was just the nicest thing.  He didn’t even have a nurse bring us back in.  After a half hour wait he just popped out and looked at me, we shot the breeze a bit about my father-in-law and was so patient in answering my questions.

He was still inconclusive as to if I need surgery or not.  He wanted us to make an appointment for Monday in a town that’s about 20 minutes away.

As I talked, I started drooling out of the left corner of my mouth where I can’t open as much.  Ok new phenomenon!

We left for home.  The ride was so beautiful, I didn’t want to go home quite yet.  Normally, I’d express that to my husband.  However, I was so scared of getting into a car accident.  That fear seems so out of place though because the jaw bones didn’t break due to a car accident!  Besides, we had a Skype call for the camp I was suppose to teach with my husband and we needed to get home for that.

Very shortly after the Skype meeting, my sub came over and I really needed to go over with her the things I’ve done so that she can start on Monday.

Then the dreaded aloneness happened.  My daughter was picked up to go to her favorite camp.  Kicking Bear a free packed 24 hours of archery and rifle lessons.  Then shortly after that, my husband went off to announce for the Lake County Captains (class A Affiliate of Cleveland Indians)

About 2 hours after he had a left a friend called on the phone and we chatted it up a bit.  I really didn’t want to answer the phone because I’ve been talking more today then the previous week combined!  However, this has been a sweet friend and huge helping during this ordeal.  Taking my daughter to her activities, bringing me soup, sitting with me and visiting me in the hospital.  I really did want to talk to her so I picked up the phone.

Then another friend had stopped by.  It was preplanned that she was going to keep me company for a few hours while my husband was away at work.  She brought over the most delicious potato soup!  I really hadn’t eaten much, but man did this hit the spot.

After speaking with her for awhile, my broken jaw bones had had enough!  My front teeth started separating and I couldn’t find a comfortable way to put my head or jaw to keep them together.  So we just had our soup and watched a movie.

Day 9 It’s Officially Cracked

The night was miserable.  I couldn’t find a comfortable way to sleep.  It’s dark.  My daughter is camping in the rain.  I so hope they are having fun.  My husband is home working away at the camp he’s about to start on Monday; teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th grade math.

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Bumps in the Road

DABVCuTlQ38Bumps in the road are rarely this literal.  To go from full-time husband to full-time caregiver of the wife I love, definitely took it’s turn.

One week ago, my wife broke her jaw while going down a hill at the park. Here’s her detailed account of how her week has been.

As for me, this has not been an easy week. But if I’ve learned one lesson from this experience, it’s “don’t complain.”

If I’m hungry, I shouldn’t complain because my wife can’t eat anything!  She just has to sip through a bendy straw.  Even soups can’t just be pureed they have to be liquify.

If I’m tired, I shouldn’t complain because my wife is having a hard time resting comfortably.

If I have a headache, I shouldn’t complain because my wife is experiencing about 10 times more pain than I am.

On a daily basis, my biggest concern is how to get all of my work done by the end of the day. Now, I have a lot more on my plate, since I am now my wife’s primary caregiver.

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My Week With Three Broken Jaw Bones

On June 19th around 3 pm my family stopped by a local park where we heard they rent out boats.Photo on 6-22-15 at 12.34 PM

I wanted to find a place where we can have a fun “back to school” day with our family later in August.  I thought renting out a boat would be a lot of fun and relaxing way to enjoy God’s waters.  I surely wasn’t going to go swimming!  (I don’t swim ~ too scared of it.)

After parking the car there was an inviting hill that beckoned to be traveled.  So as a lot of manual wheelchair users do, I started down the hill to enjoy the ride – much like a roller coaster.

I was traveling quite fast.  Faster than I was comfortable with.  Then with my bare hands I started fighting the wheels, much like you would do on brakes of a bike.  However, the friction was getting so hot, I stopped and the wheels just kept going faster.  I said to my husband; “Hurry catch up!” in fun.  I don’t remember what he said back, if anything at all.  Then I said, “What if something happens to me!” Not being serious about it.

Before I knew it, BAM! My front wheels hit the debris from the storm of the night before and I was flat on my chin.

I don’t know if I blacked out.  If I did it was for the slightest moment.  I do know, I heard this long loud ringing in my ears.  Then I felt blood coming out of my left ear.  I envisioned this long white waves extending from my ear drums to beyond where my arms could reach.  My first thought, “Oh no, I’m going to be deaf.”

It took agonizing moments for my husband to reach me.  He knelt down and wondered what he could do.  I said to pick me up.  He sat me up, I bent over and let all the blood come out of my mouth.  I was spitting blood and fragments of teeth out of my mouth.  The blood wasn’t going to stop.  My lips felt as if it had split into a Y shape.  My husband took his shirt off and gave it to me.  There was now a dividing line between my 2 lower front teeth.  They were so loose I could put my tongue through the newly found space.  My lower back right tooth kept jiggling around.  I heard some kids yelling from the bottom of the hill, “Mom, mom”.  I thought; “Oh no! Did they get hurt too?”  Then 2 strangers – whom I’ve never seen their eyes – came and asked if we were ok.  Wanted to know if my husband needed help to get me into the wheelchair. The gentleman tried to help, but my daughter said he does this all the time.

They followed us to the car.  I was so scared of my husband hurting me to get into the van because I was holding my lower jaw in place.  I couldn’t assist him in my usual manner.  He wanted to put me into the van and I told him to let the guy help him because I’ve already lost my teeth and didn’t want to get hurt more.

We determined we were going to the emergency room.  The gentleman helped us to find one and the closest one was 12 minutes away.  Twelve agonizing minutes with stop lights and traffic.

When we got there, my daughter went in and said my mom has broken her jaw and she’s coming in.  My husband then brought me in and then the usual ER proceedings happened.

Later that night, after several CAT Scans, they admitted me to the main hospital.  At midnight I received stitches on my chin to cover the hole that was there.  They said the lips would heal on it’s own.

Day 2 Did I Lose My Teeth?

My bottom lip was 40% better.  It still wasn’t determined if I had lost all my teeth or not.  I’ve always had great teeth.  They weren’t the perfect pearly whites, but they were good strong teeth.  If I went a few days without brushing, cavities was never an issue for me.  (Oh come on! You seriously are going to tell me “EWWWW”? I’m sure you’ve skipped a day or two brushing your teeth before!)

My teeth were still split down the middle, but I found out if I held my head a certain way then my bottom teeth would come back together.  When they would transfer me, my body would go into shock and my teeth would chatter which scared me to death because I felt ~ if I didn’t lose them, then surely chattering will knock them out.

It was still undetermined as to the nature of the injury, so they did a 3D CAT scan of my jaw to get the best idea of what had happened.

The rest of the day was filled with sleep and heavenly pain meds.

Day 3 Rhondeen!

That was a bit of an adrenaline day.  I woke up feeling good.  Had rounds of pain meds in my system and actually felt up to having company.

My entire in laws were in town on a preplanned event.  So they had planned on coming by sometime after 1 or 2 pm.  By noon I was getting quite nauseous and wasn’t up for company.  I didn’t have the heart to say no because my husband was so looking forward to even a brief moment with his family and it was Father’s Day.  He really wanted to see his dad on Father’s Day.

So I just let it happen.  When they came and spoiled me with gifts, I smiled – the best I could anyway, listened and fell asleep while they visited.

My fantastic nurse – Rhondeen – is a nurse everyone should have!  Most of the nurses I had were just “OK”.  This one – God sent her to me on the day I needed her most.  Rhondeen isn’t one of those nurses that just says “It’s Dr.’s orders.” Oh! Don’t get me wrong! She does listen to the Dr.’s, but she listens to the patients more!  If something isn’t working with the patient, Rhondeen goes and figures out what can work and calls the Dr. and tells them!

Here’s an example, my pain medicine (Dilaudid) was making me throw up.  I hadn’t actually had a problem with it because they were giving me Zofran to cover the nausea.  I guess somewhere on Day 2 someone decided that Dilaudid was going to be administered every 4 hours as requested by me and Zofran every 6.  This was not news to me.  When I woke up on Day 2 and asked for the pain meds, I received both because I hadn’t had any all night.  The next time I had requested for the meds, I was only administered the Dilaudid and not the Zofran.  I had asked why the nurse then dispels the schedule to me.  I wasn’t happy but thought it’d be ok.  I was so wrong.  I threw up two times.  Each time I told the nurse and “OK” was all that was said to me.  The next day, when I had Rhondeen I told her I’d wait on the pain med because I really needed the Zofran with it because it made me throw up twice.  She said and I quote, “Let me see what I can do about that.”  Sometime later, like magic, she got the schedule changed just by calling the Dr.!

Another thing Rhondeen did?  I was supposed to take Tylenol.  The only thing I can do is liquid.  It was GROSS!  I couldn’t do it.  She didn’t let me monkey around with it much, a few minutes later, Tylenol Suppository voila!

She was so kind about everything.  Definitely a patient’s nurse.

I had a real battle with nauseous that day.  My blood pressure was extra high and I was given medicine to bring that down which caused problems with nauseous.  After she did all this work for me in getting me evened out, I slept for a few hours.  Woke up feeling my(hurt)self again!

Day 4 All I Want Is Just This Broth

I missed Rhondeen!

Before I go on, I need to tell you one thing about the night nurse whom I think I offended.  The night nurses are charged with drawing blood for labs.  She came in early in the morning and told me I was going to get blood drawn.  I asked her are you really good at this?  I said I’m a hard prick.  People can not get to my veins.  She said she’s been doing this for 15 years.  I said yes, but are you really good?  She said I’m as good as any.  I said “I’m telling you I’m a hard prick.”  She went about her business and tried in my hands and couldn’t get the vein just as I had said.  She went for the other side.  I said I don’t know about this and I was quite vocal.  She tied the band around me and looked around.  I went on and on about how hard of a time people have and the only people that can do it are ER nurses and could she get one.  She scoffed and said they won’t come down here to do this.  She said do you want me to get someone else?  I said I don’t want anyone who isn’t good.  I wasn’t giving her the answer she wanted, but I didn’t want to get needlessly poked.  She finally told me that I could refuse. Did I want to.  This was news to me, I had no clue that I could refuse.  I agonized over the decision and woke up my husband and asked him what I should do.  He said try one more time.  Right buddy!  Easy for your sleepy head to say when I’m the one getting poked with no success!  I didn’t make a decision then she said I’ll see if the other nurse could do it.

I waited for hours and the other nurse didn’t come in until almost the end of shift.  I again went through the same spiel with her.  She said she was just going to check and if she couldn’t find anything that she wasn’t going to poke.  Well, again she poked and couldn’t do it.

After shift change they brought in this other lady whom they coined as “the resident blood taker”.  I again went through the same old line of conversation with her.  She said she wasn’t going to poke if she couldn’t find anything.  i said yeah that’s what the last lady said.  She said nope I mean it.  She got some towels, sat down, put my elbow on it, tied the band – tight! Looked for a bit and got it with flying colors.  She said I had good veins – in my arm.  She said that they just need to elevate my arm and the vein will push right throw.  She also said for me to not let them get near my hand that if they try, to tell them to get the H*** out of my room.

So back to Day 4 nurse.  The new nurse was too matter of fact and I was back to “It’s Dr.’s orders”.

Day 2 and 3 I was on full diet – eat what I want just as long as I’m smart about it.  I ordered breakfast and they told me I’m on liquid only.  Shortly after that discussion the Trauma Dr. intern came in and I had told her what had happened.  She said that was me because according to the Plastic Dr.’s order, I needed to be on liquid diet.  I don’t remember what I had said to her but she apologized and got it changed.

The nurse tried to give me the Tylenol and I said I just can’t do it.  She said are you refusing?  I said well I can’t take it.

As the day progressed and other Dr.’s came in, I ordered lunch.  It was the first enjoyable meal I had.  I ordered some kind of spicy and sour soup.  I only ate the broth.  I called to order more, but to get the broth separated.  Found out my diet was changed again.  Called the nurse to find out why.  She had said the trauma Dr. Intern changed it so I wanted to talk to her.  She came back in with the Intern’s answer and I didn’t hear it I just broke down, cried and missed Rhondeen so much.  I knew she could figure it out.  I said all I want was this broth.  She told me the kitchen couldn’t specialize every meal.  I said I wanted to talk to the Dr..  She walked out and said she’ll see what she can do.  The nurse again came in with the Intern’s answer.  I just didn’t listen I was too upset.

Later in the day the Plastic Dr.’s Intern came in and said she heard there was issues with my diet.  I said that Dr. Papas said I could be trusted with it and that’s all I want to do – is be trusted with my own abilities on eating.  I know I’m not going to order a steak.  She gave her Dr. mumbo jumbo then I said all I wanted was this broth.  She proceeded about how the menu was on calorie count and that there’s just certain things they can do and etcetera.  I didn’t say much more, she didn’t say much more then walked out with “I’ll see what can be done.”

Later the nurse came and said that the kitchen is going to strain the broth.

A friend came later and we talked about the situation.  She works for the hospital, but in the marketing department.  She said that the cafe probably serves the same things.  She went down and brought me broth.

The Dr. came in and said I should have the Tylenol because it’ll help with the swelling and healing process.  So when the nurse came later I said I guess I’ll have the Tylenol.  She said so you want it now.  I said not, but I’m going to have it.  She said you’ve been refusing it all day.  I said I haven’t refused it, I just can’t take it.  I took it with my broth and that was it.  I no longer liked the broth.  She said most people just take it with applesauce and be done with it.  I said I’m not most people.  It actually didn’t occur to me until later, but um, if I was on a liquid only diet how in the world was I going to be able to have applesauce?

Goodnight nurse! I was done with Day 4!

Day 5 Desperate Cry of Starvation

This was exit day! Day! Yay! Boo! I was so glad to be rid of the IV! The needles, the constant poking and prodding. I was scared to go home.  The constant care and ability to do things there that make it so difficult at home.

I actually had to get Dr.’s orders to take a shower and was that a trip!  I couldn’t believe I needed orders and I couldn’t believe how long and difficult it was to get the orders.  I said to my husband if they are afraid of falls wouldn’t they want me to shower there then at home?

After much ado and a shower, we finally checked out at 4 o’clock.  My husband made a quick pit stop at work which didn’t take too long, then we headed over to my in-laws to pick up our daughter’s things.  We ran to the pharmacy only to find out they didn’t have everything we needed.  So I had him ask if there was another pharmacy that did.  After some calling around, she said a neighboring one did.  We went over there and dropped off the prescriptions then had to make a safe mad dash to home because I had ordered a hospital bed and it was to be delivered by 5 O’clock.  After that was set up we went to the grocery store to get me something I could have.  I was miserably famished at this point.  We went back to the pharmacy and I double checked everything to be sure we had what we needed.  I asked for the Tylenol Suppository and she said there was no script for it.  So we called the Dr.’s number that was on the script for the other item that was ordered the same time.  He called and said he never ordered it.  Well it was his intern that did.  We tried to call Dr. Papas – who is quite reasonable and knows my father in law!  He called back, but the call was dropped. The problem was the reception was so lousy.  My husband said that the other pharmacy will have it so why don’t we drive there and get it ordered there.

So in the parking lot of the first pharmacy we made the call and waited for his return.  After he did, I reminded my husband of the two things we needed.  He went inside the pharmacy and handed the phone to the Dr.

It’s now 9 o’clock and my smoothie I got wasn’t satisfying, I really hadn’t had much at all that day and was quite upset.  I was alone, tired, starving and in so much pain.  Crying, I posted this on Facebook:

Today is NOT a good day. i’m sitting here @ walgreens paring lot TRYING to get my medication straightened out. got out of hospital around 4 and it’s currently 9 pm. still haven’t gone home. I’m’ starving and i’m crying b/c I’m so hungry. i’m on liquid diet only. nothing tastes good. the pain is so bad. the pain med @ home is not the same pain med at the hospital. i opted to come home instead of a rehab place. i DON’T do sweets on a normal basis and everything liquify is just so sweet. its not filling my belly. i praise God for a hospital bed at home for tonight but i don’t know if insurance will cover it. i praise God for a GREAT husband. I can’t but help to think of women who get beat up by their husbands and experience THIS pain I have. I feel so bad for them. I’m so hungry. I”m trying so hard to drink my banana strawberry smoothie . the nerves in my teeth hurt b/c 1. i’ve cracked it and i can’t see the dentist until this other stuff gets fixed. 2. i think i’ve lost a filling.

My first reply back was 15 minutes later with a friend stating she feels for me and she’s going outside right now to pray.  17 minutes later that deep pain of hunger dissipated and I was able to survive again even if just for a moment.  I was still hurt and weepy, but no longer feeling as if I were going to die of starvation.

Eventually we got home, did the meds thing and went to bed.

Day 6 Just One Prayer Request

I was dealing with hunger, but had enough energy to go on a search.  A friend had given me a website on liquid diets for jaw surgery patients.  It gave me so ideas, but it was too taxing to manage at the moment.  Another friend reminded me of coconut oil and avocado.  So that sparked some creativity.avocado-smoothie

I asked my husband to put 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 1 Tb of coconut oil, 1/2 avocado.  HEAVENLY and filling!

I was reminded of a prayer a friend always prays so I asked her about it.  Lovely it is!

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91

I just kept going over those  lines throughout the day.

I had went on Facebook again and asked for just one prayer request for the day:

the swelling behind my front lower teeth dissipate for good! Bye Bye Please.

Other than being emotional, it was fairly a good day.  By nightfall, the swelling had gone down to over 50% and was no longer throbbing.

Day 7 Here We Are

If you made it this far, you deserve a gold medal!  This post has taken quite some time to get here.  Currently over 3k words.

Last night was most uncomfortable with pain and sleeplessness.  I tossed and turned all night.  That’s no easy feat with the pain involved.  Not being able to use my body muscles to move around, other than my arms, makes for a very uncomfortable and painful time.  To turn I depend on my arms and neck muscles.  Because the chest and back muscles just don’t exist enough to handle that activity.

Here is my husband’s perspective on the account.