forever faithful – woman’s best friend

Charly has found her spot for my recovery

Greetings and salutations from Cardinal Drive in West Columbia, South Carolina, to all my friends and neighbors in real life and cyberspace, too.

For those of you who are keeping count with me, I am now 19 days out from my first hospital stay ever – and it was a doozie. Total knee replacement of my right knee with outpatient rehab twice a week and amazing caretaking by Pretty all the other days and nights, too.

Spike and Charly were quite undone by my overnight stay and ensuing intake of a substantial amount of pain pills plus mandatory trips to somewhere they weren’t allowed to go two days a week.

For the remainder of the time, however, they have become very protective of me 24/7. Charly now stays under my recliner when I raise my legs to watch tennis and/or Law and Order SVU.  She refuses to move until she hears the lever squeak to get me up.

Bazinga. Oh and never forget the Big Bang Gang who have entertained Pretty and me for 12 out of 12 years. We shed several tears when we said goodbye to them this week. We are almost as tickled to watch the reruns as they will be to collect their residuals. I said almost.

Now what I started out to to say to all of you before I went down a rabbit hole with my dogs is that I am overwhelmed by your concern, good wishes for a speedy recovery, good food, cheering visits in our home as well as in cyberspace, and the general awesomeness of our friends and family during these last days and weeks. Pretty and I appreciate your support, kindnesses, thoughtfulness, generosity and expressions of love. We are beyond Thunder Dome grateful.

The photograph today was taken by Pretty this morning – she will win Best Caretaker in any contest that I judge – ever – so for her birthday this week I have ordered a Crown full of Stars.

Stay tuned.



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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25 Responses to forever faithful – woman’s best friend

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    Pretty is amazing! How wonderful you have each other to get through the ups and downs of life, all the bumps, knocks, quirks and occasional joyous moments. Keep looking up Sheila, and soon you’ll reward Charly’s vigilance with a walk.

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  2. cindy knoke says:

    Awwww, love to all of you wonderful creatures, and happy healing to Mama Sheila, with hopes the new parts of you will make you feel so much better!

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  3. Susanne says:

    Goodness! This is what happens when I don’t check the blogosphere daily? I’m so pleased you are recovering with the loving ministrations of Pretty and your pup. Wishing you less pain and more mobility soon, Sheila.

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  4. candidkay says:

    I am so glad you’re on the mend! And it’s no surprise with such wonderful furry nursemaids:). They are angels, I’m sure of it. Mine is snoring on my bed right now . . . .

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  5. Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery!

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  6. Delighted to hear you’re well on the road to recovery. What fabulous family and friends you have but Pretty takes all the awards! Binge tennis to come for 2 weeks won’t harm the recovery either 😉

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    • Hi Annie, yes I am lucky to have all the help we’ve had over the past weeks. Pretty does take all the awards – she’s been a gem.
      I watched all the clay court tournaments in Europe but have been at a loss this week leading up to the French which, as you may remember, is my personal favorite!! So happy Nadal got a win heading into the French!!

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  7. Oh, wow, sorry to hear that! I’m late on this but I hope you get well soon!

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  8. I’ve been fretting about you. Like Annelle when Shelby had her kidney transplant. I’m so glad you are mending!

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  9. M.B. Henry says:

    I sure hope you feel better soon!

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