Thursday, June 28, 2007

HNT - May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose

On Monday I had surgery. Septioplasty and Bilateral Inferior Turbinectomy to be specific. (Gee, I can't believe how many times I've said and typed those long bizarre words this week). The surgery was to correct my deviated septum.

Due to my obsessive commitment to a weekly HNT post, the minute I got home from my surgery (it was day surgery - I went under the knife at about 11:30 AM and was home by 3:00 PM) I grabbed the camera and snapped this picture.

This was the first of many many bloody bandages (And unlike our good friend Osbasso, I didn't also take a shot of the bloody gauze when I took it off - you can thank me later)

The next day, a beautiful flower arrangement arrived from my colleagues at work. I was amused and delighted to see they had sent me a "Bird of Paradise" flower arrangement. You know, like the old Little Jimmy Dickens song "May The Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose"

You don't need to click on the picture to see that my schnoz is still quite swollen. Most of the bleeding has stopped and I'm almost now able to breathe through it. As for the pain -- well there's Tylenol with codeine.

And for your lyrical pleasure, here are the lyrics to the song performed by Little Jimmy Dickens and written by Neal Merritt.

May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose
(Words & Music by Neal Merritt)

One fine day as I was a-walkin' down the street
Spied a beggar man with rags upon his feet
Took a penny from my pocket
In his tin cup I did drop it
I heard him say as I made my retreat

"May the bird of paradise fly up your nose"
"May an elephant caress you with his toes"
"May your wife be plagued with runners in her hose"
"May the bird of paradise fly up your nose"

The laundry man is really on his toes
Found a hundred-dollar bill among my clothes
When he called me I came a-runnin'
Gave him back his dime for phonin'
I heard him sayin' as I turned to go


I was way behind one day to catch the train
Taxi driver said "We'll make it just the same"
The speed cop made it with us
And as he wrote out the ticket
I stood by politely a-waitin' for my change



S said...

Oh Mark!! I hope your nose is feeling much better by now. I feel I can speak for nose pain..when I was 5, a dog bit my nose...12 stitches...


Cosima said...

Glad everything went well. Get well soon! The song is too funny :D

Happy HNT

Anonymous said...

Hope you're feeling better!:)

Happy HNT

Jessica said...

oh ouch! Happy HNT! Thanks for sparing the gauze visual!

Charlie said...

Your nose looked just fine to me? Whats with the deviated septum? My nose is just twitching at the thought of surgery...not good with pain so hope you heal REALLY fast. HHNT to you and the birds ;)

Anonymous said...

i remember that flowers and thanks for sparing us the bloody look handsome as ever!

Lapis Ruber said...

Seems painful surgery is all the rage among HNTers at the moment but I'm glad I don't have to join the club. Hope it all mends soon. HHNT

Snow White said...

Glad you're feeling better... and have the drugs to prove it! Not the best way to get a few days off, but... Happy HNT!

Rainypete said...

And also up your Mark!

So not content enough to be the deviant we all know and love you had to have a deviant septum too??


tkkerouac said...

Ouch,my septum is deveated but what makes it worth having that procedure?
care to share the bandaid shot?
Happy HNT!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mark I hope you are feeling better. Funny stuff happens to you doesn;t it?

BTExpress said...

OUCH! And I thought I was in pain. Lori's son had that done recently so I have a good idea what your going through. Get well soon old buddy! Happy HNT!

Katie :) said...

glad to see you are recovering nicely- beautiful flowers!


lime said...

you rock, mark. being able to make light of an upleasant situation is always a good thing when you are the one going through it. thinking back to my onw 'stoned' postsurgical picture i could clearly see how doped up you are here. hehehehe.

feel better soon and then we can start rehearsals for the rock tour of our repsective bands ;)


lime said...

btw, i think that song should be our signature song ;)

twg said...

Hope the nose is better soon! Nice flowers! :)

Anonymous said...

It is great to find a funny side to a painful event... I envy that a lot... ;-) Your nose looks quite fine from here... ;-))

SIMPLY ME said...

Boy that looks familiar. My son had that done. It bled for a few days, then oozed for a few days. yucky for a week. I feel for ya, but you'll be glad with youre all healed. Happy late HNT