Saturday, January 13, 2007

Sunday Scribbling - "Idea"


I have always had an idea for continuing my quality of life once I could no longer walk. It started with my wacky sense of humor, but through the years it's turned into a family joke with a life of its own. My idea is to velcro the walls in my house and wear a velcro suit so that I can join Dave, family and guests throughout the house. Not wanting to miss out on any of the fun or conversations due to being confined by space or ability.

I would simply have Dave stick me to the wall instead of always being in a wheelchair or laying down. I used to say "just stick a bucket under me" but now we add to the story with embellishments of catheters and tubes as the years with ALS keep adding up (a good thing). No sore butt, bedsores or boredom for me! Dave recently added the idea of his own suit so I could be stuck to him when he gardens. You ever see that commercial of that woman stuck to her husband to remind him of his health? We would do a more fun version ;)

We shared my wacky idea with Dave's 83yr old mom to see her reaction and she said, straight faced, "I saw that on Letterman once." We looked at each other and busted up laughing. It's all in fun, but to me it's full of possibilities and hope. Old family joke? Maybe! I found that segment Dave's mom saw on YouTube of Letterman wearing MY IDEA! Oh well maybe I'll invent a nicer looking suit ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kDG018l4lA

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think that is a great idea. And if you could somehow make the wall move on casters then you would be all set!
Have a great week,
Heather

Anonymous said...

I love your idea - and that your MIL remembered seeing David Letterman's velcro suit - that cracked me up! I wonder if he knows how extensive a demographic he reaches...Anyway, I'm sure you'd look MUCH better in a velcro suit than Letterman ever did! :-)
XOXO

Anonymous said...

I remember the commercial AND the David Letterman episode! It was about the same time he was throwing all sorts of things off the roof of the building.

A sense of humor will take you a long way, Tammy!

Helen said...

that is so funny. what a great idea. :)

pepektheassassin said...

I remember the commercial of the wife stuck to her husband's back! Now THERE'S an idea! :)

My poor husband would wear out the first two minutes. Today he is limping around with gout in his knee....

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of you sticking yourself to hubby while he gardens! The family that sticks together, stays together, I guess!
Tammy- you are so refreshing to read and so full of hope, even in the midst of your ALS- you are such an inspiration! Thank you!

kj said...

tammy, as a severely able bodied woman myself, i can only say this: you rock!

you and dave must be great friends and a wonderful family to be around.

i really appreciate that you visit my blog. i look forward to regularly following your adventures

:)

Anonymous said...

Tammy...I love that an 83-year-old mom remembered that Letterman show...and I love that your imagination is fresh and resourceful! No-limits thinking inspires me. thank you.

Deb R said...

I think that's a great idea, but you definitely need a better looking suit that Letterman had! :-)

bella said...

I have a crazy sense of humor too. Your idea is a great one! Sounds fun!

Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

Ah sweetie, your ideas keep you vibrant!! Great to fill your life with humour especially when struggling with serious health issues. I have the idea that you are a brave and wonderful woman! Much love and peace, JP

Anonymous said...

"No sore butt, bedsores or boredom for me!"
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The idea is good if only for this.

Amber said...

The suit is a great idea!! Velcro?

You are funny.

:)

Anonymous said...

I love your sense of humour - life with you must guarantee a laugh a day. Or more!

Anonymous said...

Tammy, you're hilarious and you have the best ideas!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Brilliant idea!

Anonymous said...

What a terribly good idea!

Anonymous said...

You never cease to amaze and entertain in the face of adversity. Love it!

Clare said...

This is a truly brilliant idea, Tammy. I know you could make a better-looking one but I wonder if Letterman would let you borrow his just to see how things worked out.

Anonymous said...

You have the most wonderful, wacky sense of humor! I can just see you in your special suit, a virtual fly on the wall!

Fab idea, girl!

Anonymous said...

the visuals made me smile....although the reason for the idea isn't a funny one - you always manage to see the humor. THAT is why you ARE the warrior! Dave could say "honey, stick around, I'll be right back" and you would virtually do just that. :)
XOXO

Anonymous said...

Ahh, you are priceless with your sense of humor. Ideas like that can only be the product of a great humorist mind.

I'd be so bold as to call myself your biggest admirer, but I know I'd have to come in somewhere behind Dave.

You're great, pure and simple.