Scene: I am in the WBEE studio, door is shut, Gloriana's "Wild at Heart" is CRANKED. The hallways are quiet, and I am singing my heart out. Coming quietly around the corner, my boss stops short when he sees his midday jock shreiking out heartfelt lyrics. I become morbidly embarrassed. One saving grace is that the incident wasn't recorded.
While Frankie may be embarrassed he was BUSTED dancing to Michael Jackson, he has WAY MORE talent than me.
I love Rochester. I love living here, I love the food, the people, I love downtown and RocPotties and Rachel Barnhart. This Christmas, I want to give the gift that keeps on giving, gifts made here in Rochester (or, simply made in America). I'm taking your suggestions via email or Facebook!
My Dog is Cuter than Your Dog.
Mike Danger on our sister station The Buzz says dressing up your dog is just wrong.
If dressing up Sparky is wrong, I don't wanna be right. :)
As I'm sure you have heard or noticed, I haven't been at work for about a week. Last Sunday afternoon, I asked Jason to take me to Immediate Care in Webster because I'd been in just enough back pain that it was no longer manageable. I knew I had a bulging disc in my lumbar, but it had turned into something altogether different. While I was dressing, I heard and felt a pop in my lower back and fell down to the ground, unable to feel anything below my belly button anymore.
In tears, Jason drove me to Immediate Care in Webster where the staff was so patient and caring, dealing with a blubbering 31 year old woman standing in front of them. They called me back into the exam room, assessed my symptoms, gave me a shot to make me more comfortable, and the Physicians Assistant made calls on my behalf to Emergency Rooms...she felt it was important I get an MRI that day. She also gave me instructions that probably changed my life:
"Make sure they know how much pain you're in."
"But, since the shot, I'm not...-"
"No, make SURE they know how much pain you're in...you follow? If they don't think you're in pain, you won't get an MRI."
And, with that, Jason and I went off to Unity Health Systems at her recommendation.
I went in a few hours later for my MRI and the results were devastating. I was told I needed immediate surgery, that I fully herniated a disc that was laying on my Cauda Equina, the bundle of nerves in the spinal cord that feed feeling in the legs, control walking, and most of the "undercarriage" bodily functions.
Although the diagnosis, the surgery, and the recovery were terrifying, I was in great hands as my surgeon is well respected and highly decorated.
I came out of surgery without complications, God Bless, and wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU!!! to everyone for their thoughts and prayers.
I am so blessed to have the love of my boyfriend Jason who stood by me through some pretty scary, gross, and bleak stuff. My family, who came from Pennsylvania and Florida to be with me...thank you. I'm so lucky to be so blessed with so many people who love me!!
To my anesthesiologist (the sweetest, most soft spoken woman, reminded me of my Mom), the Dr. Wensel and his team, Dr. Maurer, and LNP Mary, thank you for caring for a scared girl at her darkest hour.
To the nursing/care/physical therapy staff on 2200 at Unity Health System, the level of care, concern, support, and confidence you gave me in the hours and days following my surgery are by and large the reason I am as well as I am today. It sounds backwards, but, despite having a life altering syndrome, this was the most enjoyable horrific experience of my life. I really had "fun" with the staff on 2200.
Cauda Equina Syndrome has some pretty scary ramifications of untreated for long periods of time...but, because the surgical and medical staff at Unity Health Systems moved with such speed, precision, knowledge, and care, I am expected to make a full recovery to normal life.
And, most importantly, YOUR thoughts and prayers, Facebook notes, Tweets, and emails have made me feel like I have a huge cheering section through Rochester. My WBEE family has been instrumental in getting me back on my feet (literally!) and the overwhelming outpouring of love and support has fueled each step, gotten me over each hurdle, and put a smile on my face when I needed it most.
I'll close with a funny story...
It was the wee hours of Tuesday morning and my nurses were helping me to pee with the use of a special Straight Cath kit. (Google it...I'll spare you the details.) I'm in a state of undress and a position that only happens after Jason buys me a really nice dinner and I'm peeing into a bed pan.
Val and Althea, my night nurses, ask me what I do for a living. When I told them, they both laughed and said "I KNEW IT!! I knew I recognized your voice!!" And, in my precarious, vulnerable, and embarrassing state, I said, with as much dignity and humility as I could muster,
"Yes, girls, you're currently helping Jesse from WBEE pee into Tupperware." :)
Bear is an 11-year-old border collie/Lab mix who’s looking for a nice home where he can enjoy his retirement years. He was brought to Lollypop Farm because his family was moving and couldn’t take him with them. Bear does well on the leash! He has lived with kids before but needs to go to a home without children under age six. He also needs to meet any dogs in the household before adoption to make sure they’ll be buddies. He has lived both with dogs and cats before! Bear is available in the Seniors-for-Seniors program, so adopters age 60 and older can take him home FREE of charge! Bear would make a wonderful companion.
Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450
Sugarland took to their website and wrote a letter following the horrific stage collapse at their show Saturday night at the Indiana State Fair.
"Dear Fans, Family and Friends,
We have taken a couple of days to try and even begin to emotionally process the magnitude and gravity of the tragedy in Indiana on Saturday. While the path to healing from this type of trauma and loss is long and winding, we wanted to reach out and update you on where we are and how we are.
We are in the process of planning a private memorial in Indiana, to honor those fans who died. We would first like to hold space so that their families can have time to go through their own services and memorials. Until that time we are holding vigil for them. We join them on their mourning benches. And we stand in the gap asking God to offer them peace and healing. For those suffering from injury we hold you up with prayers for complete healing of your own.
We are also addressing our own specific healing. Our road family experienced its traumas together. While we all scattered to our given families for their comfort, the trauma we experienced together binds us in a unique way that we share only with each other and those who were there. There is healing in our being together. There is healing in our working together. For this reason we are planning to get back on the road this weekend, beginning with our scheduled show in Albuquerque this Thursday, August 18th. The emotions have us yearning to be close to each other immediately. The logistics have us needing to replace all of our instruments and equipment. (The set is a loss that is insignificant in light of the tragedy).
This Incredible Machine is more than a tour and more than a set. We have always celebrated music as a Healer. While music cannot change the events and losses at the Indiana State Fair, it can hopefully serve as a ritual and a balm to provide comfort and facilitate healing in this time of great sorrow. We hope to see you all soon.
The Tudor-style home that Taylor Swift reportedly bought for her parents not long ago is back on the market. The four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath house, located in Nashville's historic Whitland neighborhood, is listed at $1.45 million. No word onwhy T has put it up for sale.
Scene: Your significant other, due to an upset in their life, needs a place to live, like, NOW. A mutual friend of the opposite sex says "I could use a roommate, wanna live with me?" Your Sig Other thinks this is a lifesaver...and agrees to move in with this person.
Are you okay with your Significant Other "Non-Romantic Roommating" of the Opposite (or desired) sex?