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From Pillar to Post; Tom at Michael's party [Dec. 13th, 2015|06:22 pm]
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My Dad had hip surgery on November 9th; it went well so, feeling reassured, I went on my trip to Australia. He was still doing well when I returned, until Thursday night when we got a call that a screw holding the new hip in place had worked its way loose. So Dad had to have a total hip replacement and now, recovery-wise, is back at square one, with weeks to go before he can start physio again.

My parents live 5 hours away from me and between rushing to them and coming & going from Australia, I have logged 3 trains and 7 airplanes in the last 30 days. Which means I have no idea where I am half the time and my patience is gone. There was a very odd guy in front of on the train to my parents'. He was (loudly) on the phone with someone, acting as if he was on a plane instead of a train. "WE'RE GAINING ALTITUDE!" He was an older guy, grey beard, knees rammed against the seat in front of him, seat pushed back as far as it would go and clearly settling in to be loud for the entire journey. Normally I'd try to be patient but this time I asked the attendant if I could switch seats and bless her, she moved me to another car. Going from a train car with a loud nut in it to a train car without a loud nut in it, is like stepping into a divinely warm bath.

Am very grateful to have the happiness of Australia "in the bank", as it were, as it seems like the next few months may be rough.

This is cute: Kristin K slept outside in Vancouver last week to raise funds for homeless youth. One of the sponsors on her page? Michael! Love the Smallville solidarity.

Also cute: Tom went to Michael's Christmas tree decorating party for the second year in the row! Love that this is now a tradition and Tom looks less shy in this year's photo then he did last year. Now, if only, someone would post a photo of just the two of them! (Thanks tariel22 for the link. Photo: stacyolo)
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2015-12-14 04:45 am (UTC)
Wish your Dad a speedy recovery.

I can't imagine how travel-weary you probably feel. Hope you get a few weeks to rest up yourself now.

Michael sure knows how to have a tree decorating party, doesn't he? I can't imagine having that many people in one house let alone trying to decorate a tree with that many. lol I bet it's a ton of fun though. :D
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2015-12-14 05:53 pm (UTC)
Wish your Dad a speedy recovery.
Thank you! You're an experienced care-giver - you know all the challenges & frustrations...

I can't imagine how travel-weary you probably feel. Hope you get a few weeks to rest up yourself now.
Thank you. No more planes for a while but a fair bit of coming & going by train.

Michael sure knows how to have a tree decorating party, doesn't he? I can't imagine having that many people in one house let alone trying to decorate a tree with that many.
It's a mob scene! So happy Tom was there :)
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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2015-12-14 05:27 am (UTC)
I'm sorry your dad had to go through all that. I hope there will be no further complications, and that his recovery will go as quickly and smoothly as possible now. I took care of my grandmother after her hip replacement, and know the challenges involved in getting back to full mobility, but the surgery really is a life-changer. Once you heal, no more pain, and that is a benefit beyond measure.

You politely put up with more than your fair share of annoyances in life, in my opinion, because you are an exceptionally kind and compassionate person. I'm glad that this time you put yourself first, especially after all you've been through recently!

It makes me so happy to know that Tom not only continues to be friends with Michael after Smallville, but has also been welcomed into his wonderful created family of close friends. Tom does indeed look more relaxed in this year's pic. I hope this becomes an annual tradition for them both!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2015-12-14 05:58 pm (UTC)
I took care of my grandmother after her hip replacement, and know the challenges involved in getting back to full mobility, but the surgery really is a life-changer. Once you heal, no more pain, and that is a benefit beyond measure.
That's very encouraging to hear - we're trying to look ahead to the light at the end of the tunnel!

I'm glad that this time you put yourself first, especially after all you've been through recently!
Thank you! I felt badly for the other passengers stuck with the Nut but SO relieved to escape from him.

It makes me so happy to know that Tom not only continues to be friends with Michael after Smallville, but has also been welcomed into his wonderful created family of close friends. Tom does indeed look more relaxed in this year's pic. I hope this becomes an annual tradition for them both!
That would be lovely! And hopefully we get lots of Tom appearances & interviews as he promotes "The Choice" - he's been quiet for a while, have missed him!
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2015-12-14 05:53 pm (UTC)
Michael's tree-decorating parties are becoming more epic by the year! Lovely to see Tom there again.

You're definitely entitled to a peaceful, hassle-free journey after all that travel! Hope your dad's recovery goes smoothly.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2015-12-14 06:03 pm (UTC)
Michael's tree-decorating parties are becoming more epic by the year! Lovely to see Tom there again.
On facebook he was asked "did you photoshop some of the people in?" And yes, he admitted Harland & Isaiah were added later! I wish one of the guests would be bold & snap a picture of Michael & Tom...fingers crossed one emerges.

You're definitely entitled to a peaceful, hassle-free journey after all that travel!
More train travel next week but I'm ready for a break from airplanes for a while - too much turbulence coming home yesterday!

Hope your dad's recovery goes smoothly.
Thank you - it's frustrating to be back at square one, but what can you do? Just hope this time we see it through to a happy ending.
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[User Picture]From: mahaliem
2015-12-15 04:55 am (UTC)
That's so rough about your father's hip surgery. You must be absolutely exhausted from the travel and worry. I know it's difficult, but try to take care of yourself, too.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2015-12-16 12:16 am (UTC)
Thank you so much <3

It's tough living five hours away from my parents - always feel a bit guilty for leaving them & coming back to work and then feel guilty missing work to go there.

I can't imagine how the people who have to look after kids and aging parents simultaneously manage it...my lot is much easier by comparison!
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[User Picture]From: seagull2eagle
2015-12-15 11:04 pm (UTC)
I'm all travelled out for the year too, though yours was a lot more compressed! The AU trip alone is quite the jaunt.

Sorry about your dad's hip! That sucks. -_- At least they're able to fix it and get it going again, and it's great that you can go over and visit them. Hope it all works out for him and he recovers well and quickly!

That is a seriously epic tree decorating party. o.o
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2015-12-16 12:18 am (UTC)
You went to the UK & Germany, yes? Were there more trips after that? Any travel on deck for 2016?

Sorry about your dad's hip! That sucks. -_- At least they're able to fix it and get it going again, and it's great that you can go over and visit them. Hope it all works out for him and he recovers well and quickly!
Thank you. He's getting good care, just a bit frustrated be be back at square one & starting over.

That is a seriously epic tree decorating party.
Tom would be handy for placing the high ornaments!
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[User Picture]From: gyri
2015-12-20 07:16 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your Dad's needing a total hip replacement, but glad it is done now and can start on the road to recovery.

So glad you got to go to Australia!

Great pic, thanks for posting...but can't tell who is Tom, which one is he?

So neat that he and Kristen still stay in touch with Michael!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2015-12-20 11:45 pm (UTC)
Tom is at the far right in the ball cap, by the Christmas tree.

Sorry to hear about your Dad's needing a total hip replacement, but glad it is done now and can start on the road to recovery.
Thank you - he is re-starting with physio tomorrow so that is encouraging.
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