Thank you, Mayo! 2 – 20 – 23

Rick was released at the Mayo Wound Clinic today! Two years ago this coming May he scratched his ankle on the lawn rake. It simply wouldn’t heal so we’ve been going to Mayo for almost 16 months.

When we walked in the door today a new security system was in place. We walked through a scanner and then I was called over to a desk and asked to empty my bag. This is a big tote bag that I take to Mayo with all sorts of supplies in it as well as my small purse. Sure enough – there was my little Boy Scout knife, corkscrew, screwdriver tool. It was a free imprinted premium that’s says Country Threads – good heavens, I’ve never even opened it. But rules are rules. He nearly took my arm and escorted me to a large blue receptacle for non-returned dangerous items that were confiscated. I was very embarrassed.

Here’s the real kicker – Rick has quite a large pocketknife in his pocket that he never goes without. And he still has it. Haha!

Becky stayed with the dogs and we took just a bit of time to stop at the mall – I wanted to stop at Barnes and Noble and then I saw a new store across the aisle called Daily Thread.

Isn’t this a cool logo? Big sign at entrance – everything in store 50% off. I bought 10 different pieces and my total was $98.47. Then I went to J.Jill where I had intended to shop. The first dress I looked at was $119.00 – it was so cute but I didn’t fold. These inexpensive clothes will be fine and at this price they’re nearly disposable! Haha! (Rick calls my favorite store G I Jill – like G I Joe – hahaha!)

The dogs were very glad to see us, of course, and tonight I’m watching basketball. I need something mindless to sew.

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Thanks for checking in with the blog about nothing.😊

55 thoughts on “Thank you, Mayo! 2 – 20 – 23

  1. Jill Klop

    So glad Rick is healed!! That’s great news! I finally saw and read Jo’s article on click-bait. So we’ll written!

  2. Billie

    So glad to hear that Rick has bene released!! Did they keep your screwdriver thing or get it back when you let? Love hearing about nothing!!!!

  3. Angie from Baltimore

    Great news about Rick. And glad you had a little time to relax and shop a bit.
    Here in Baltimore we have yet to get an inch of snow but have had feet in March before. On Thursday it is supposed to be in the 70’s then day later 47. Weird weather.
    You are lucky to have Mayo near enough to you to be treated there. It is a haul but so worth it. We have Hopkins and I am so grateful

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Angie – I made a point of thanking our care team today and telling them how thankful we are to live just two hours away from one of the very top medical facilities in the world! As you are with Johns Hopkins – so tell me something. I have always wondered why it’s “johns” and not “john” Hopkins.

      1. Diane,Squeak,Buddy in Central Ohio

        I believe it is because it was two men—Mr. Johns and Mr. Hopkins who founded it. Is that correct?
        Great news about Rick. 👍😀. In Ohio, we have the Cleveland Clinic. Most Americans are lucky to have such good places for health care!
        Warm today and possibly 61* tomorrow and 38* on Friday. Wild!

  4. Colleen in Oregon

    Wahoo for Rick!! What a trial you two have been through. Thank God that’s over!

  5. Betty Klosterman

    Nothing like good news! Finally. That darned infection is really tough to treat. Some things are so hard to cope with.
    In the meantime, hug the cats, kiss the dog, feed the chickens, and pet the goats. And all is fine with the world. And keep quilting!!
    Betty in Rapid City

  6. Jo in Wyoming

    That’s wonderful news about Rick…now he can get the hip replacement! So much fun getting older😳.
    It’s a shame to lose your tools. Sounds like you got some goodies at the store.

  7. Mareen

    Awesome – so glad to hear Rick got released it has been a long road for sure….glad you made it home before the storm they say is coming. Take care and it sounds like youngotbsomevreal deals!

  8. Susan K in Texas

    That’s the best news on Rick’s ankle!! Prayers answered.
    I had jury duty once and they confiscated my tweezers saying they had been used in setting off bombs before. ???

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kim – they did – he walked me over to a bin like a post office receptacle and made me throw it in.

      1. Diane in Maryland

        It’s a horrible feeling. My family went to D.C. to the Cherry Festival one year and our grandson wanted to go in the Air and Space Museum even tho he had seen it many times. We had been in many by that time and thru all of the other security systems but my bracelet set the one off there. Before they found out it was the bracelet they had scanned my purse and me with a hand held scanner and removed me from the line for all to watch me being scanned and searched! Sooo embarrassing! They did let me keep my bracelet. Guess it didn’t look dangerous.

      2. Cynthia from SW Minnesota-Ghent, near Marshall

        I think something as benign as your tools, they could have given them back to you when you were leaving.

        We await the next weather events. We are in the bullseye for the most snow. Marshall is so lucky. So the stores were busy all day with grocery shoppers stocking up on supplies. With the winds predicted, my hope is we do not lose power.

  9. Diane in Colorado

    So wonderful to hear Rick’s recovery is complete!! That was a long haul!! And I’m so sorry you lost your pocket knife!!! I wish I had one—I’d pass it back to you! Jenica had a similar issue coming home last week—she hadn’t traveled with just a carry-on in quite some time and ended up having her toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and deodorant all confiscated because they were bigger than the allowed size for airlines. She was a little frantic when she got here but she’d forgotten she had all of that here in her bathroom downstairs, so she didn’t even have to go to the store!

    My favorite store is JJill, too!! They have some fantastic sales if you’re patient!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Diane – my problem is that the store is 2+ hours away and sometimes I dont do so well with just the catalog – for some strange reason the clothes never look the same on me – haha!! 5’3” and overweight!

  10. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Wow! I am so grateful for both you and Rick to hear about his release from Mayo. All your great nursing paid off.

  11. patti leal

    great news for rick and his injury. while kissing the dogs, cats, goats and chickens – don’t forget to kiss rick too. roflmao patti in florida

  12. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    What good news about Rick! That has been a long process, glad you have such high-quality care within reach.
    (Johns Hopkins is named after the Quaker philanthropist Johns Hopkins who bequeathed money in his will to establish a number of institutions named after him, including the hospital. He was named after his grandfather, also called Johns Hopkins. The grandfather was given his mother’s maiden name, Johns, (she was Margaret Johns) as his first name. That’s why it is Johns, not John.)

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Fiona – oh my gosh! Thank you for all that info – you are a wealth of information and helpful instruction! How did you get so smart? Haha!!! I’ll be emailing you soon.

  13. Charlotte S in northern California

    So glad to hear the great news about Rick. Sorry you lost your pocketknife. I lost a little pair of scissors that I had in my sewing kit in my purse years ago. This was shortly after TSA started searching your bags. I had forgotten I even had it in my purse.
    Thank you, Fiona, for letting us know about the Johns Hopkins name.

  14. Lynette in Orlando

    So happy to hear Rick has been discharged from Mayo! That’s a drive you won’t miss! But isn’t it good to have such a place when it’s needed! That and you’re great nursing care and he’s better! Sorry about the knife. They should make those items retrievable when you leave 🤷‍♀️ Someone I knew got thru security at the airport (won’t say which one) with a pocketknife in her purse 😳 needless to say, it was in her checked luggage for the trip home. And that was not long after 9/11! See Mary, your “blog about nothing” really says a lot 😄

  15. Linda

    Good morning Mary and Congratulations Rick! So glad you have mended and don’t need to run to and from Mayo

    Mary I just sent some photos of my babies and when I looked at them before sending I discovered somehow there was a picture of me when I took a picture in the mirror as soon as I got up, I sent it to my sisters in Kentucky because my hair looked like a hay pile! There was also a picture of an applique block I’m working on, I’m trying my hand at back basting applique.

    I hope the photos turn out ok. My pets are my kids now and I love them like you love yours. Elliott worries me, he has pretty decent days and then confused and upset days but he doesn’t seem to be in any pain. He is still wagging his tail when he sees me and manages to get up to greet me when I come home so I think he is ok as he is. It will be a terrible, horrible day when we have to send him to heaven even though I know it is getting close.

  16. Kathy in western NY

    Such good news Mary! I was thinking of Rick yesterday when I had a dermatologist appt and the woman doctor said to me the most important thing we can do in winter weather as we age is to keep our skin moisturized. She went on to explain if it’s cracked, we become more vulnerable for risk of infection as it opens up. That is my husband who has gone thru skin infections and I urged him to use my sensitive skin aveeno so he is. Course Rick was cut with a rake but gosh it takes so long for skin infections to heal like my husbands. Knock on wood we have none now. I keep moisturized as I can’t stand scratchy skin and she complemented me on it but that was my tidbit to learn yesterday. Growing old is just as difficult as teens hormone’s! Ahhh… Those days of youthful glowing skin without having to put cream on every limb!

    1. JeanneH in the Finger Lakes of New York

      Kathy, even though our winter, where I live at least, has been relatively mild, I’ve noticed that my skin seems drier too! I’ve had to use a more emollient lotion, especially on my hands. sigh. But as they say, it’s better than the alternative. : )

      1. Kathy in western NY

        Jeanne, I am now buying the dual pack pump bottles of Aveeno which absorbs well for me and I am not itching. Yes we have had mild temps too like you but my furnace runs a lot as I don’t like cold hands to sew and cook so maybe that does make it worse for us. Looked in my flower bed a bit ago and my tulips and daffodils are up in the ground about 3”. That’s not good as yucky weather is coming here Wed night. We are either going to get ice or snow depending on where the front lands.

  17. JeanneH in the Finger Lakes of New York

    Wonderful news that Rick’s wound has finally healed. : )

    Does Mayo not warn people beforehand of things they shouldn’t bring with them? Hope you could get your gadget back.

    Best – Jeanne

  18. Diane in Maryland

    So happy for Rick and you that his wound is healed! Will he have his hip replacement closer to home? What a shame that you had your pocket knife confiscated but Rick’s didn’t set it off. Was it the only one you had left from when you had Country Threads? Daily Thread is a cute name for a sewing shop!

  19. Joy

    So glad the wound has healed. Great job! Daily Thread… I immediately started thinking fabric and thread!! lol! Like. Mary tell us more about the fabrics you got!!

  20. Joy in NW Iowa

    Great new about Rick! Sorry you lost your knife! Happy you had a good shopping spree! 💕. Also, it was nice you were in Rochester ahead of the storm!!
    We went to Sioux Falls yesterday thinking it was the best day of the week for errands! It was a beautiful day with 40 degrees! We had lunch at Roam which I would highly recommend! Stopped at our sons house and dropped off our daughter-in-law’s birthday card. Got my puppy fix with their two Aussies.
    We are now in a winter storm warning until Thursday! Sewing days for me. I went on a cooking spree last week (chili, chicken wild rice soup, taco meat, and a chicken my, green bean rice dish by Iowa Girl Eats. The chicken wild rice soup recipe is hers also! She has an awesome website! Check her out! So I can just sw and the food is prepared for us! Hubby was taste testing the chili…..”man, I haven’t had chili foreve”!!
    Have a good week!

  21. Lorraine

    So sorry you lost all of your tools. I have been checked many times as I get ready to board an airplane and one time I had a long pointed fingernail file that had fallen into my shoe when it was packed in the suitcase and I didn’t see it when I put my shoes on. I got thru and my husband had to go thru security many times until they discovered it was his belt buckle that was causing problems. So there you go-Rick got thru with a pocket knife and you weren’t so lucky. Go figure!! So glad to hear Rick is released from the doctor. It must have been your great nursing skills to help him heal.

  22. Polly Perkins

    Glad Rick was released finally. Oh MY Goodness…. you look like such a terrorist. It was the big bag that got them scared.

    I am counting down the days until March 8 when I get the hole in my heart fixed at UW Madison. This has been a long, long journey and wait. It all started with a pre op lab in September. I will be glad when this nightmare ends. My problem now is the low dose aspirin I have to take daily. I was supposed to take the chewable baby aspirin but I took one and it was horrible. They put artificial sugar in it. Then he okayed the coated aspirin. The first ingredient is lactose. I am taking it and suffering but will not say anything because he said if I do not take aspirin he will cancel the procedure. It is not aspirin that is the problem!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Polly – oh my! I don’t understand the aspirin problem. Rick, too, takes baby aspirin and so does Telly. What heart surgery are you waiting for? How will they close the hole? I was shocked this morning when Rick announced he’s in afib – again.

      1. Polly Perkins

        I am waiting for a high tech procedure to patch the hole in my heart . Evidently it is a birth defect that goes undetected unless 1) they do an echocardiogram for something else or 2) the heart becomes stressed and shows symptoms. Mine was detected in a pre op for cervical fusion when my EKG was abnormal. I did not realize i was having symptoms and attributed it to other things. I was clueless and stunned when they found a 1/2″ hole. That explained my heart pounding and out of breath. I attributed it to long COVID. They go in through the leg and patch it kind of like a stint procedure but they go into the heart chambers! I. have been to 3 cardiologists in this journey. I was referred by a cardiologist in October and waited until January to get into University of Wisconsin Madison Health to get a first appointment. After the procedure I will continue aspirin and a blood thinner for 6 months. They are putting on a heart monitor also to check for afib. My husband has afib and right bundle branch block so I know what that entails. No cervical fusion until after the 6 months of blood thinners. UGHHHH

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Polly – thanks so much for educating me and all the readers – please keep us updated on how that goes! Rick’s heart is also out of rhythm again.

  23. Sharon Ernst

    Hi Mary! Such wonderful news for Rick and you! My husband has been in wound care for two years off & on …. Mostly on.
    JJill is my favorite store too! I usually give them a good chunk of money when the seasons change! But a girl has to look good, right?!
    Have a wonderful day! I truly love reading your posts! 🤗♥️

  24. Carrolyn Vidal

    Sooooo crazy! Those who are rule followers and innocent ….and the dangerous ones get by with everything……not talking about Rick…lol

  25. Donna Sproston

    Happy that Rick is finally healed! Thanks for the heads up for my next visit to Mayo in June. I spent six weeks there as Covid arrived and never stepped foot in the mall. I have discovered the shops adjacent to the Clinic much to my hubby’s dismay. Let us know how those daily threads hold up. I made myself keep walking by those 50% off signs in Madison.

  26. Beryl BC

    That is good news about Rick’s healing. Sorry about your tool being confiscated; I didn’t realize they would search you at Mayo.
    I’ll have to look for those clothing stores; I think only J.Jill is in our area.

  27. Pat Smith

    So glad your many trips to Rochester are over. It was a long slog, but you were successful. I’m surprised they have a new scanner and they aren’t giving back the confiscated items at least for awhile. Some signs might be helpful too so that you could return forbidden items to the car before you lose them. Like so many, there are some things that live in my purse that I completely forget about. I lost a corkscrew on my last flight that was a favorite souvenir from a trip. I need to pay better attention before flying except I do that as rarely as possible these days. I’m just not a shopper (except for fabric). I usually just order things I need from LL Bean because I know they will fit me and they are of good quality and last forever. I expect the things I buy to “perform” not just look good.

  28. Nancy

    I love the blog about nothing bc it is about people’s lives and what could be more about something!

  29. Linda from Georgia

    Great news about Rick. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful hospital. I do like J.Jill. Need to make a trip there soon.
    Just trying to get some charity quilts done. If I could only stop thinking of all the quilts I could make if I would just get busy. Also getting in some college basketball. March madness will be upon us soon!!!

  30. Dianna in Wisconsi n

    So glad to hear good news from you.
    Glad you traveled safely. We are wondering if we will be able to attend services for Ash Wednesday tomorrow. Keeping our fingers crossed.

    I love the animal pictures that everyone shares. I can’t have any because of allergies but I LOVE dogs!

    Stay safe!

  31. Janet S

    Great comments today. If I’m not mistaken, the airports will give you an envelope to send the confiscated items back to your home which, of course, is the perfect solution.
    As I age, I’m less interested in shopping so I’ve found Blair catalog is a good place to get clothes.
    We in southern Minnesota are also waiting for the storm along with everyone everywhere. Really – three days worth. Oh well, lots of sewing time.

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