Erica Scott: Life, Love and Spanking

Ruminations, opinionated observations, darkly humorous blathering and the occasional rant from an outspoken spanko and unapologetic attention wh–, um, hog.

And so this is Christmas

Eve, anyway. It’s 11:30 PM on December 24. I am having a quiet night at home, trying to get over some sort of stomach bug that’s been plaguing me. I thought this would be a good moment to stop by and update you all.

I won’t get into all the details, because they are tedious and gross and depressing, but the infection on John’s thumb turned into a real nightmare. Briefly — two urgent care visits, two ER visits, one MRI and one lancing later, we spent the day in the hospital yesterday, getting his thumb biopsied. The MRI showed a mass. Unfortunately, they couldn’t determine what the mass was. It could have been anything from a pocket of gunk from the infection to a harmless cyst to a benign tumor… to melanoma. John has had melanoma before, so he is considered high-risk. Thus the taking of half his nail and a chunk of his thumb yesterday. The doctor told both of us that he believes in preparing for the worst-case scenario. So of course, all we’ve been thinking about for the past week is cancer, and John needing to have his thumb cut off to the first joint if it is.

And Steve has a stubborn staph infection in his nose that is so relentless, he’s been on four types of antibiotics and has seen several specialists. I have not seen him in three weeks. And I have had nothing left over from worrying about John to be supportive to him. I feel bad about that.

So. After I got John home safely last night, with all his meds, food, etc., and his assurance that he would be OK, I came home and collapsed. And the only time I left the apartment today was to take out the trash and get the mail.

But tomorrow, I’ll go be with John. We’ll have presents. We’ll have a nice dinner (if I can eat it). We’ll be together. And he has a follow-up appointment on Tuesday, where we’ll learn the results of the biopsy. The doctor spoke to me after the procedure; he was cautiously positive. If the biopsy shows nothing, then nothing else needs to be done. John’s thumb is splinted and bandaged; it’s going to be a mess for a while, but it will heal and his nail will grow back.

Part 1 of my root canal is over and was uneventful, aside from my being so terrified, I nearly passed out. Part 2 (and hopefully the last of it, if things go well) will be next Thursday. With the root canal I had three years ago, part 2 was when things went wrong and it had to go into a third installment. I’m hoping that won’t be the case this time.

Last Monday feels like it was a month ago, but it was a happy night. I had plans with my girls Alex and SpankCake to have a holiday dinner, as well as a belated birthday celebration for SC. With John’s situation, I thought I might have to cancel, but he insisted that I go, and even though he had to see the doctor that day, he got there on his own. Said I needed their support… and I really did. So the three of us had dinner and cake and our usual lively chatter, and exchanged presents. They bought me a joint gift — an utterly gorgeous, plush throw blanket from Nordstrom. I couldn’t stop touching it, and as soon as I got home, I bundled into it and took a picture. (Sorry for my phone’s crappy selfie quality.)

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And in the midst of all this craziness, where spanking is the last thing on my mind, a nice compliment. The Spanking Blogg Awards 2015 continue, and the nominations for Lifetime Achievement were posted. There are two categories — video producers and spankees — and I was nominated in the latter. Please go check it out here, and if you’re so inclined, cast your votes. Only takes a couple of seconds. 🙂

I’m going to sleep now. All cynicism and grumpiness aside for a moment, I wish all of you a happy holiday, whatever you may be doing. Go be with people you love, or spend time with your pets, or whatever your heart desires. Life is too short to spend time doing tedious crap with people who don’t make you happy.

♥ ♥ ♥  Good night.

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13 thoughts on “And so this is Christmas

  1. Erica I wish you and everybody you care about a Happy Holiday and good health. Better days ahead!!

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  2. Anonymous on said:

    Erica, after such a rotten lead up to xmas I hope that you can put all your troubles behind you and that you, John & Steve have a happy and relaxed holiday.
    Downunder Don

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  3. Erica, I will keep good thoughts for John and hope that the biopsy will prove negative.

    That tummy bug has reached us in the east and is being passed around our holiday guests. I pray we aren’t the next in line.

    Happy holidays!
    Hermione

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  4. I like “cautiously optimistic” a lot. Sorry you all have had such a mess; time for what J.R.R. Tolkien called the “eucatastophe”– the sudden turn of events in the story in favor of the protagonists! The photo is dear. Because you are. And congratulations on your nomination!

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  5. Happy New Year.

    With all that, it has extra meaning.

    Mark

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  6. anonymous on said:

    Hoping you get the very best biopsy results. I’m betting it’s the leftover gunk.

    Very cute blanket-plush is absolutely precious isn’t it? 🙂
    That stomach bug is a weird presentation. I was a lucky recipient all things considered on Christmas Eve. I had a delicious seafood/fettucini pasta dinner which served more seafood than pasta which eliminated the potential for me being over stuffed. I drank one Cosmopolitan which was too tart for my current preferences but no big deal. Later into the night about 4 hours after dinner while I was staying over with relatives and while their guests stopped in I got the beginning of horrific nausea and various other stomach pain which intensified for about 2 hours. Somehow I managed to fall asleep and avoided any progression of illness. Yesterday I was fine.

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  7. SH — I sure hope so.

    Don — it was relaxed indeed. We stayed home and watched TV and movies.

    Hermione — I hope it bypasses you. It’s not much fun.

    Wolfie — thank you. ♥

    Mark — yeah, I’m about ready to tell 2015 to eff itself.

    Anonymous — I love seafood pasta, although I don’t think it would sit well right now. I’m at the point where I have somewhat of an appetite back, but every time I eat, I feel like I have a bowling ball in my stomach. Bleah. Hope your temporary bout stays temporary.

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  8. Erica – I am new here and haven’t been around much too boot. Sorry to hear about all the problems. I am in a depressive cycle and trying extremely hard right now to force human connections. Hope things go better for you and may you have a wonderful, prosperous and joyous 2016.

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  9. Oh Erica, what a week! Good that you had a happy end – you happy at the picture (and like 35 😉 )
    Love and hugs.

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  10. Curtis — I hope you feel better soon as well.

    MrJ — the happy end will (hopefully) be on Tuesday when John gets the result of his biopsy and it’s negative.

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    • Sure! But is i good that, in another way, your pre-Xmas week had a happy endogmn t0o. You deserved it – and one needs to get her energy from somewhere…

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  11. Erica, you took “So this is Christmas” line right out of John Lennons’s (the Beatles) Christmas song “Happy X-Mas” Yes, life will get better for you soon I am sure. I know you feel down right now, all that is happening to you. But with friends, and us ‘spanko’s, life will soon turn around for you, I am sure. “Blue Christmas,” by Elvis Presley, is another song that I like. As they say ‘Cheer Up, and put on a happy face”, is another line from a song. Erica, you have good friends in the ‘spanko’ community, and they will always stand beside you, in times when you feel blue. XXX luv ya.

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