What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Poor Pitiful Me Part Duex

Turns out it wasn't the stomach flu. I had a major gall bladder attack. I had to be taken to the Emergency Room on Sunday, had my Gall Bladder removed yesterday and a tube down my throat this morning to remove stones from my bile duct. I just got home at 6:00.

Don't ever let anyone tell Gall Bladder surgery "is no big deal" It's a big damn deal. I hurt big time and probably will for a week or more. No driving, no food, no fun. But, at least I am home and not in that hospital. Everyone treated me well, but last night, I had 20 interruptions while I attempted to sleep. I have been up since Sunday morning and I am really, really, really, really tired.

I'm off for bed for a very long while. Thanks for all the well wishes on my original Poor Pitiful Me Post. And, you didn't even know what was happening to me!



  1. Oh Sharra, I feel for you! Been there, done that. It's not fun. It's not routine. And it can last a lot longer than they tell you. I'm glad that you didn't put it off like I did and ignore symptoms any longer. When the doctor says a few days recovery, multiply that. It might take you a while to get back to normal. Then you will have the "joy" of learning what you can eat. Or can't eat, most likely. You might have to make some major MAJOR changes. But now, even though you probably feel like crud, it's going to get better.

  2. OMG! You poor thing! Get lotss of rest!

  3. LynnW8:57 PM

    Wow, what an ordeal. Take good care. Let the boys look after you for the next couple weeks. In a while you'll be looking back on this as a nasty little blip in your life. Hope you get back to thrifting and all your favorite pursuits soon.

    Feel Better!


  4. Oh no! I've been in shoes and I agree, it's no fun. But, at least you know it won't be going on again.

    Get lots of rest and take it easy and you will be back to yourself in no time.


  5. Dear Ms. Monkeybox, aka Shara: You poor dear thing, my thoughts go out to you for a smooth and restful recovery. I only happened on your blog a month ago but have enjoyed it immensely; I look forward to when you're up and finding treasures again. Be good to yourself while healing and like LynnW expressed: "let 'the boys' look after you, serve you, wait on you and nurse you back to full, robust health!" We're all sending you 'be well and prosper' thoughts.

  6. I so knew something was up when you didn't post anymore. I am really sorry you were/are so ill! Get better soon, take it easy, and think positive thoughts!

  7. Poor thing!!!
    No driving = no 'junk' 8-(
    Glad that you are back on the path though!
    Take care of yourself!!
    (OH, this should put the EBOR in your favor in a BIG way!!)

  8. Shara,

    OMGoodness! I hope your recovery is going well and that you were able to get some restful sleep last night without any interruptions. I'm sure the Bean will be taking good care of you while you heal! What a sweet boy. Feel better!!


  9. Anonymous7:29 AM

    You poor thing - be good to yourself, and let your family take care of you. Rest up, heal, and you'll be back on the road in no time! Sending healthy/healing thoughts - JessicaD

  10. Karol8:40 AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your gall bladder. I read you almost daily and you are a bright spot for me. I hope the Bean takes good care of you.

  11. OH my goodness! Shara, you poor thing! I guess the gall bladder is definitely one of those things we just don't think about until it causes trouble. I hope your recovery will be restful and swift!

  12. Who said it's no big deal? Take care of yourself. I'd make a run to the Super Cheap Thrift for you if I were closer.

  13. I was getting ready to send the Cavalry to find you. You never go days without posting or emailing.

    I have never had gall bladder issues, but have friends that have and I know it is painful and not fun. The hard part is over and the healing begins.

    I know you are in good hands, Thanks Bean.

  14. Rest and get better! Love you, Beth

  15. Oh my! Glad you went to the ER and got it taken care of. I hope you have a complete and speedy recovery. And let the boys drive you to the yardsales next weekend. :-)

  16. I hope you feel better soon!

  17. I hope you feel better soon....and until then make sure you have Mr. Wonder Bread Man chauffeur you around so you don't miss any good sales! Painkillers are your friend!

  18. Been there done that too...we could start a club! Hopefully you'll heal fast...just don't do too much. I had to sleep on the couch for a while because I got not get in and out of my bed after surgery. Let other people wait on you. :)


  19. Oh my goodness! I hope you're feeling better! I had my gall bladder removed last year, along with my spleen. Not fun! Hope someone is taking good care of you and spoiling you rotten!!!

  20. Dear one I am so happy you got this taken care of quickly! I've been there MANY years ago, prior to the laproscopic method of removing that pesky little organ. BIG scar....2 weeks in the hospital....alot of other nasty things. You take care of yourself and know we're all thinking of you. Be good!

  21. chrisx49:33 PM

    I don't see my post on the original thread BUT again I HOPE YOU ARE BETTER SOON!

    Since it's hot you don't want to sale much anyway...lay around and drink mint juleps and write!

    HUGS TO YOU and glad the Bean will take care of you and tell the breadman to learn to cook :-)

  22. awwww, Shara, I'm sorry you had to go through this!

    Hopefully King Wonder Bread and Prince Bean will take good care of you.

    Maybe you could have the Bean do a "guest" blog for a couple days ala PeeDubs?

    That would be fun to read!!

    Get well soon, MB!


  23. Anonymous7:24 AM

    Hope you are feeling better soon. My Mom had that surgery not that long ago. She thought the recovery was worse than the surgery. But, she was so out of it post surgery I'm not sure she remembers all of it. I'll wait to hear what you have to say. Hurry back so I can lurk on your blog some more! :D

  24. WOW! Seeing all these well wishes ought to help you get better fast! Surely your guys will help out NOW!!!

  25. Wow, I'm so sorry! What a shock that must have been. Hope you're up and around real soon!
    Take care,

  26. I'm glad we have already chatted today and I know you are much much better but I had to leave you a comment regarding husbands not caring when you are sick. I think it just freaks them out! I mean, who will pick up the ditry socks they throw around for the dogs? Who will close the cabinets after they make them selves a bowl of cereal and grumble about a cold breakfast? Seriously. And of course, when THEY are sick it's like the world is ending. Here is my husband when he has a cold:

    "Hon, (hack hack) I REALLY need some robotusin and chocolate chip cookies. And not Chips Ahy, REAL cookies. The kind you make. With butter. (hack hack) I'll just lay here on the sofa while you get to baking, okay?"

    Again, SERIOUSLY.

    Feel better, Goodness Sister!

  27. in2toys2:22 PM

    Are you awake yet?

    Hope you're feeling better but don't tell anyone at home! Milk it for every penny it's worth.

    A lot of people are sending you well wishes!

  28. Anonymous2:31 PM

    I hope you are feeling better! Miss
    You! sela

  29. YIKES! get some well deserved rest and recover quick! Sending hugs and glittery good wishes.

  30. Oh Shara...So sorry to hear about your being sick, and the hospital trip and the surgery...not how you planned to spend this week I'm sure. I hope you're up and feeling better real quick! I have several sales to check out in the morning...I'm gonna look for a little something just for our Monkeybox buddy... watch the mailbox next week, ok?!! Hugs *elaine*

  31. Thanks everybody! You guys are the BEST!


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