Grocery Life September 16, 2014

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Tyson Skate Park

Grocery Life September 16, 2014

By Tom Butler

Good afternoon from Butler and Bailey Market. I hope everyone had a good weekend. I have kind of been on a blog vacation for the last week. Keith has been on vacation and since he is the one that puts it together and sends it out I decided to just take a break from it instead of bothering him while he was gone.

Everything at the store has been going well. Raymond Duncan is back to work. We are glad to have him back! We are still waiting for Jack in our produce department to get well enough to come back to work. He is finishing up some treatments for cancer. His prognosis is great; he is just working on getting his strength back up.

My weekend started out good. Tyson had his first football practice Friday night. Somehow I ended up being one of the coaches for his team. I don’t know much about coaching football but am pretty good at herding cats which is just as important in seven year old football.

Saturday morning Tyson and I went to the skateboard park. We do this about every week. I usually skateboard with him a little but mostly watch him. We were both riding around in the big bowl Saturday and I took a little spill. When I sat up from my fall my right arm was pointing two different directions. So here I was lying in the bottom of this bowl with a broken arm. I called Tyson over to me and told him. He wanted to see it and when I showed him he said “yea it’s broken”. I then thought I better call Erica to tell her in case I passed out because I was starting to feel woozy. She said she was on her way. I then just laid there hoping I didn’t get sick or pass out and wondering how I was going to climb out of this bowl. Tyson was trying to be helpful, bringing me water and wiping my head with a towel and then he started to get upset. I think he was a little scared that his daddy got hurt. I finally felt good enough to climb out and about the time I got out Erica and Lauren arrived.  


When we got to the car I called my neighbor who is an orthopedic surgeon to ask him where we should go. His group works at St. Mary’s so he said to go to the ER there and he would call ahead to let them know I was coming. We hardly walked in the door before I was whisked back to a room. The doctor came and said my arm needed to be reduced which means they stretch it out so they can put the bones back the way they go. Since I had eaten that morning I had to wait 8 hours from that time before they could put me to sleep to set my arm. That meant seven that night which was six hours from the time we arrived. This gave Erica a chance to get the kids picked up and to go get my car from Tyson Park. I got to lay in the room, watch football, and get a shot of morphine every couple of hours. Not a bad way to spend the afternoon.

The time finally arrived to fix my arm. A different doctor was on call by then but he turned out to be a customer at the store which made me feel more comfortable. He put me to sleep, stretched my arm out and put it back in place, wrapped it up in a cast and when I woke up I was ready to go, almost in time to watch the whole Tennessee game.

I went to see the surgeon this morning and he seemed to think I will be ok without surgery so it looks like I will have a cast and sling for about the next six weeks then be ready to go.

I broke my right arm which is the one I use for everything, including writing this blog. Today I am pecking it out on my phone with my left thumb. I will email it to Keith and let him edit it, put it in blog form, and send it out. I am on pain killers so if it is more nonsensical than usual it is not Keith’s fault.

I will probably not be cooking for the next little while which means we will be eating a lot of prepared foods from the store. This will give me a chance to try a lot of the new things we offer. I will report on how they are.

Hope you all have a great week and I should be back to work in the next day or two.

 Thanks for letting us be a part of your community,

Tom Butler


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