A quick look

A quick look

April 23, 2007

Journal, Lauren, Lloyd, Worst day ever

I’ll try to put up a picture or two before I head off to work. Here you go:

Our little patient

Lloyd, if you have the inclination, you should really write a little about this picture.

Arch-enemies meet

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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38 Responses to “A quick look”

  1. Michele Said on:

    Love the dress -- very sexy shoulder slits!
    I MUST see that Geometry lesson -- I’m in the same unit with my students. How can I top what YOU have done?

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    • Lloyd Said on:

      You know, it really sounds a lot neater than it was. I didn’t plan any great examples from around the hospital. I just needed to show them 3 more things before they could do the next homework assignment, so I did a little review to date from a confrence room here and a little new matterial. I didn’t really need the IV at the time, but the nurses all thought I should use it it add an “air of authenticity” to the proceedings.

      I hope it goes okay. You know what it’s like when you do something new in class. Now add a substitute and new technology and this could got horribly, horibbly wrong.

      What I really wanted to do was start the video tape with, “If you’re watching this lesson then I am dead.” But even I knew that was in poor taste.

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      • Brad Said on:

        “If you’re watching this lesson then I am dead.”
        HAHAHA! I want to do a video lesson sometime just so I can say that!

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  2. Brad Said on:

    Isn’t the hospital great? People wait on you hand and foot, you get juice or water any time you ask for it, and your only responsibility is to lie there. Awesome!

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  3. Brad Said on:

    I don’t get the “arch-enemies” caption.
    Is it Lloyd vs. his doctor?
    Lloyd vs. the hospital bed?
    Lloyd vs. his heart?

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    • Peggy Said on:

      My guess is that it’s Lloyd vs. the pee pee bottle. Hey you just might get used to it & want one for home. Be prepared Lauren.

      You do look smashing in your hospital gown! See if they have it in a Hawaiian print. Take care rascal!

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      • Lloyd Said on:

        Indeed, Lloyd vs. the bottle (the one in the background on the shelf). It was really hard to do and I put it off as long as possible (didn’t help that I had an IV). But I impressed myself with 750ml That’s a 5th of gin.

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        • Brad Said on:

          I was just talking with Michele about this. I sometimes measure how long I go, but not how much. If I had a bottle like that, then I could make an accurate measurement of volume. Lloyd, if you take home any bottles, make sure you get me one too. I’ll use it when I visit this summer.

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          • Lloyd Said on:

            It could be a new addition to our Festivus celibration.

          • Kristi Said on:

            I think you should call this event Elimination. It could be a 2-part event. Part 1: You must drink an entire bottle of liquor. You cannot continue to Part 2 unless you complete this part of the event. Part 2: The elimination. Points are awarded based on the amount eliminated. A combination of scores determines the winner. You must be standing at the end of the competition and not passed out on the floor. Who wants to be the judge? Not me, thanks.

          • Lloyd Said on:

            In my experience it would be a much more difficult experience if you had to do it from the floor. Maybe not passed out though; that would be an unfair advantage.

          • Michele Said on:

            Yes -- just another one of ourodd conversations. Brad’s record is a 75 second pee. I’m lucky to reach 6 seconds. I definitely want to challenge him on the volume. Bring me one of those bottles too!

      • Beth Said on:

        Hawaiian print hospital gown for Lloyd -- that’s brilliant! I’ll be heading to Et Cetera to see what I can come up with…

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        • Lloyd Said on:

          That would be super. I should have my own so I can bring it with me whenever this happens. But it looks like I won’t need it this time. A doctor (or someone who looked like a doctor) told me that I could go home today. There’s still some question in my mind about what I can do, but it sounds like things that raise my heart-rate are right out.

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          • Beth Said on:

            Home today! WoooHooo!! But when can you go back to school? I’m guessing you have to wait a couple days, right?

          • Brad Said on:

            I always say “I’d love to help you ___, but you know, my back.” You can now say the same thing, but end with “…I have to keep my heart rate down.” You’re golden.

            “I’d love to attend that church council meeting, but I have to keep my heart rate down.”
            “I’d love to go to that chick flick with you, but I have to keep my heart rate down.”
            “I’d love to help around the house, but I have to keep my heart rate down.”

          • Kristi Said on:

            Home today — Hooray! Hooray!

          • Lauren Said on:

            No chick flicks? No housework? Grrrrr…. why does he always get excused from me?? I need to talk to someone.

          • Peggy Said on:

            Does this mean you’ll be doing all your teaching via satelite from now on … ’cause I’m thinking MSer’s can do a great job raising heart rates.

          • Lauren Said on:

            Ha! That’s funny! We just had a talk with the lady who told Lloyd what he’ll need to do to take care of himself, and I was joking that he needs a big sign that says, “Don’t raise my heart rate” for the classroom -- and she said that’s a true problem! Sweet! I need to make a sign!

          • Kristi Said on:

            This could be a great math class for the kids. Let’s see how high we can make Mr. Sommerer’s heart rate. I’m sure there’s some kind of division involved in that. It could also double as a health class — learning CPR. On second thought, maybe not. Who wants to do CPR on one of their teachers?

          • Lloyd Said on:

            Who wants to do CPR on one of their teachers?

            That’s true, unless your teacher is BRAD ROYUK.

          • Kristi Said on:

            While you’re on bedrest recovery at home, can you tell us the funny story that Lauren said you were going to post but decided to grade papers instead? I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess you were going to predict this whole hospital episode.

    • Lauren Said on:

      This is, in fact, a re-enactment of the saddest look I’ve every seen in my life. We were sitting there talking about how much fluid had entered his system through the i.v., then we were quiet, then he slowly looked over at the bottle with sorrow. I almost fell over laughing so hard, then made him do it again for a picture. (The nurses think I’m the most sympathetic wife ever.)

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      • karla Said on:

        When I had Anna, they give me a catheter. I loved it. For 24 wonderful hours, I just lounged in bed and didn’t even think about peeing. I guess most people can’t wait to get it out -- I was asking if it could stay in longer. I like to think I had a little taste of heaven then.
        *sigh

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  4. karla Said on:

    Hey, if you get a chance, say hello to Dr. Bozarth for me. He sewed my hand back together our sophomore year. I must say, he did a good job, because it still hasn’t fallen off. Jeez, it’s been nearly 20 years now.
    Okay, now that I’m feeling old, I’m going to go.

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  5. Brad Said on:

    Dang it! You’re about to surpass my record number of comments posted. I had 24 comments on one of my snow day posts. Ooops! Now you’re closer to breaking it. But only if you get two more comments.

    Wait, what was that post where everybody was trying to do a smiley with sunglasses? That had a lot of comments too.

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    • Peggy Said on:

      That was 38 comments. It was when you played that electronic piano.

      Now surely a hospital stay should out do a smiley face with glasses. Right everyone?

      Have you made it home yet Lloyd?

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      • Lloyd Said on:

        We just got home. They kicked me out of the hospital a little before 3:00pm but we hung out in the parking lot for about 30 minutes because I had set up a chatroom on the school website for students to use to ask me questions about their projects (website design class). It worked and was a big success.

        After the initial flurry of chit-chat about how neat the chatroom was, (it’s not common in my experience for seniors to admit that something is neat), things settled down and I probably answered half a dozen real questions. But it was a good proof of concept and I’ll use it for both of my senior classes for the rest of the week.

        Then we did a little shopping, and by that I mean that Lauren shopped and I sat in the car. After we killed enough time for school to clear out we went by and I tried to substitute proof my classroom while Lauren ran around gathering the supplies that I would need to try to put some video lessons together from home.

        Then it was off to Walgreens where insurance knocked the price of two bottles of pills from $161.98 to $33.35 There’s got to be some good math somewhere in there. We haven’t looked into generics yet. Just wanted to get this done.

        Now we’re home, and I’m resting everything except my fingertips.

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        • Peggy Said on:

          What grades do you teach? I assumed it was just middle schoolers. All math?

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          • Peggy Said on:

            I’m also assuming your one of those cool, funny teachers all the students love!

          • Lloyd Said on:

            Generally speaking I teach 7th grade math and our upper level computer classes (jr/sr programming 1&2, video editing, website design, multimedia applications). Not all of the computer classes meet every semester.

            Occationally I also teach 7th grade religion, 8th grade math, algebra, physics (well, I only taught physics once).

            Yes, I’m one of those cool, funny teachers, but, for some strange and inexplicable reason, only 91% of the students love me.

        • Kristi Said on:

          You are so dedicated… You stayed at the hospital parking lot longer than necessary, and you are going to videotape yourself teaching. There is no replacement for you, Lloyd. Are you trying to become BRAD ROYUK?

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  6. Michele Said on:

    I’m SURE this one ties or breaks the record number of comments -- yes?

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  7. Peggy Said on:

    Oh & welcome home! Hope you sleep well tonight in your own bed! Ahhhh …….

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  8. Cuz Pete Said on:

    Thank you Lloyd for turning for the camera so the backside of your hospital gown was not showing!!!!! Ha! Get better and we will see you at the family reunion.

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