Breaking News – Pretty Update

Please pardon this interruption, but so many of our friends and family have asked about Pretty’s personal saga with her knee replacement which now includes another hospital stay this week for a second procedure three months after the original surgery. Her doctor assured me today all was well, and so I will take him at his word, although I seem to recall this was the same remark he made after the first operation. Hm.


Pretty’s old knee in happier times 

with Smokey Lonesome Ollie in Texas

Pretty is connected to a gazillion machines with blinking lights and flashing numbers that apparently have some meaning to somebody somewhere, but not to Pretty or me. The most important machine is one that keeps her knee in constant motion bending it at various angles. I have named it the Constant Motion Magic Machine because it is supposed to make her knee regain flexibility following today’s manipulation by Dr. Cool and Smooth. Here’s hoping.


Pretty and The Red Man on Worsham Street

(before any problems with her left knee)

If all goes according to plan, Pretty will be home Thursday and beginning another arduous round of physical therapy. She is very determined to bend her knee to her will; I admire her for that.

Thank you to all of you who have called, texted, visited, brought homemade brownies with homemade whipped cream to her hospital room…or delivered Dutch comfort food to Casa de Canterbury in the form of a delicious casserole filled with meat, potatoes, cheese and cabbage… or brought brand new purple and white socks to the hospital tonight in honor of the colors of the Suffragette Movement. We are so very lucky to have friends like you in our lives. For our cyberspace friends who live in other parts of the USA and other countries around the globe, bless your hearts for caring.

Kindness is catching on – big time.

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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10 Responses to Breaking News – Pretty Update

  1. Oh dear, very sorry to hear that Pretty has had to go in for more work on her knee 😦 Glad that both she and you are being well cared for on all fonts.

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  2. Bob Slatten says:

    Glad she’s on the mend with her NewKnee and the Constant Motion Magic Machine … that sounds like a good story title there.
    After she’s recovered, of course.

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  4. Wayside Artist says:

    Oh no! I’m sorry to hear Pretty’s knee replacement to end all knee replacements had a glitch. Normal recovery from one isn’t easy. Having another round of treatment can’t be pleasant. I am so glad you have a huge family spreading love, comfort and calories. Sending wishes for a rapid and pain free recovery!!

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    • Thanks, Ann…we are lucky to have friends and family to help us so much…Pretty has had 3 months of struggle so we are hopeful this recent treatment will do the trick!!
      Think of you and your mom every day, too…

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      • Wayside Artist says:

        I hope so, Sheila. Those new knees can be tricky.

        I appreciate your good thoughts. It’seems overwhelming at times with mom. I know you know. When I’m asked if I have a support group, I count you. 😀

        Get well Pretty!!

        Much love!

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      • It doesn’t just seem overwhelming – it IS overwhelming. I totally understand. All you can do is make sure you take care of yourself in this process, too. Nothing creates more stress than this kind of pressure. Please take care.

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