My husband, Victor, is in surgery right now.  They’re trying to remove his gallbladder laproscopically (?) but it’s so enlarged that there’s a big chance that he’ll have to have the major surgery which is like 4-6 weeks of recovery.


He’s so nonchalant about the whole thing.   He just walked into OR in his business suit like he was there for a meeting.  Like “Let’s kick the shit out of this gallbladder, boys.  We’ve got work to do!”

As we waited in pre-op he made me laugh with such vile and offensive jokes that he made me swear that I wouldn’t blog about them but when the nurse came in she mistook the tears of laughter for tears of panic.


Victor grinned at me and said “If I die in surgery you’ll probably be remarried in a week, but there’s no way you’ll ever find anyone as funny as me.”


*Dammit*.  He’s right. 

I’m not really that into organized religion but if you happen to have some extra prayers lying around…you know… smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.


UPDATE:  Victor’s surgery went really well and they were able to do it laproscopically (?) so it’ll be just a few days of recovery.  He’s in surgical observation now and is really tired but good.  We both work at the hospital that he had surgery at so we kept seeing people we know, which was weird.  Imagine being mostly naked, flat on your back and high at your office.  (Other than at the office Christmas party.)


Thanks so much for the wonderful and supportive thoughts.  You guys are the best.


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  1. I’ll be holding a good thought for you both!

  2. I’m praying…but ONLY because I am extremely disorganized. None of that “organized” religion going on around here. Nosiree. 🙂

  3. sending good vibes for you and Victor. (sorry, prayers aren’t much part of the vocab around here, either) My sister went through this last year (the gallbladder part, not the major surgery part) and it’s done her wonders. He’ll no doubt come out of surgery cracking questionable jokes as well 🙂

  4. He’s in my thoughts! Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.

  5. If I prayed, you’d have mine, for sure. But since I don’t, you have all my best thoughts. And also a hug:
    (I’d hug Victor, but laproscopic surgery.)

  6. I am wishing the best for The Big V right now, even though he is a Republican.

  7. You’re both in my thoughts. Hang in there, Jenny.

  8. Healing thoughts headed his way, steady vibes to the surgeons hands.

  9. Wow…I’m feeling like a real hypocrite since I AM the praying type and I can’t seem to get through a comment on your site w/out using the word “fuck”…see? I’ll definitely say a prayer!

  10. we had that last year. My husband was planning trips for the day after the surgery. Oh, to be that confident.

    Sending out lots of positive thoughts and prayers.

  11. For whatever its worth, I’m thinking good things for you both.

  12. Hang in there, I will muster up a prayer or two (although I don’t think I have any clout, if you know what I mean). Thinking of you and hope Victor heals up real soon.

  13. Thinking good thoughts for you.

    I’m finding it hard to believe Victor is funnier than you!

  14. Well, I don’t pray, but I’ll certainly smoke something for you guys.

    A speedy recovery to the funny man! 🙂

  15. i’ll say a little prayer for yoooooooou
    forever and ever…

    oh sorry…

    hope it all goes well, and damnitt, i hope they can get it out laproscopically. that other surgery sucks royal ass…

  16. Puff puff give.

  17. I’m thinking of you and all the boring old magazines in the waiting room you have to read. Or can you blog? Do they have wifi in hospitals? Probably not, that would make it too luxurious to be there.

  18. The good news is, Victor can blog about this on his NEW BLOG! Did you hear that everyone, Victor’s starting a blog!

  19. Sending positive vibes Victor’s way –

    Make sure and blog about what he says right after the operation (when his anesthesia hasn’t quite worn off and he won’t remember what he said)

  20. gigantic waves of healing and peace to Victor and to you, darling woman.

  21. Hope all went well! I’m 3wks out from lap. gallbladder surgery – recovery has been relatively easy.

    Hope he didn’t get the big cut.

  22. Youza all gonna be fiiiine. Gallbladders are just silly little things anyway. Probably more trouble than they’re worth.

    Funny that you should be the one with ACTUAL health stuff going on with the hubby when… I mean, you saw my last post.

    *omg feels ridiculous*

  23. All here for you. Ps, more Ps, and PTs too.

  24. Will do.

  25. Even when it’s routine, it’s still scary.

    Good thoughts to you both.

  26. Prayin’ and smokin’

  27. Lotsa good thoughts for both you and V. Gallbladder? Hope all goes well.

  28. A sense of humor is a great thing. I’m sure he’ll be fine, but I’ll send some positive thoughts your way.

  29. Yay! I’m so glad they got it out lapasc…. well, you know! I smoked a couple of prayers for him.

  30. Hope all is well now.

  31. I’m so glad he’s okay, and happy you have someone that makes you laugh that hard. 🙂

  32. I can totally see why you married him. HOT! In those socks!

  33. For whatever it is worth, you both are in my thoughts. I got ’em, I’ll smoke ’em…errr, I mean say ’em.

  34. Sexy legs. Okay, well I’m glad he pulled through. Did he see a light? Did he change his mind about being Republican?

  35. You work at a hospital? Why did I think that you were a high-priced hooker?

    Ooooh, you work on the corner NEAR the hospital! Nevermind, I get it.

    Glad everything went well. 🙂

  36. So glad it went well! And I didn’t know you worked at a hospital! Can you get us a free EEG hookup? 😉

  37. Super glad he (and you) are ok. I’ll still say a prayer or two for y’all.

  38. I’ll pray for a speedy recovery but I wouldn’t get my hopes up. The Big Guy still hasn’t given me the super powers I keep asking for. I think the prayer part of my brain is busted.

    But seriously… I hope he’s doing well (see? And my wife says I can’t be serious for five minutes)

  39. I’m so glad he’s okay.

  40. I’m glad things went well.

    I had my c-section at the hospital my husband worked at. Some of his coworkers got to know me reeeeealy well.

    I haven’t been back since then. In fact, we left the state.

  41. So So glad that Vic is ok. Sending get well soon vibes your way!

  42. everyone will have lots of advise
    My biggest problem with the Lath. surgery was they pumped my abdomen full of gas — and it doesn’t have any natural vent. So it was uncomfortable. Tell him funny dirty jokes so he can laugh BIG… and that will encourage the osmosis. the only way the gas get out. There is no farting.

  43. 44
    Bjorn Toby Wilde

    Imagine being mostly naked, flat on your back and high at your office. nightmare

    glad he made it through fine and the less invasive procedure was successful!!!!

  44. So glad to hear Victor is doing well! You know, I always pictures you working for the Houston Chronicle, but I guess you never really said that. Hmm.

  45. Love ya, Victor, ya big, foul-mouthed, snarky lug, you!!!

    And, Jenny: (((((HUGS)))))

  46. We just got done with surgery in my family this week also. It’s been a very long week, but I am glad y’all are doing fine.

  47. Jenny and Victor,

    I pray, but you pulled through the surgery before I even had a chance to. I hope you recover quickly and things are pain free for you.

    I had the same surgery four years ago. The only real downside is when I eat Mexican food, my lower digestive track goes into TURBO mode!

    I know have all the closest bathrooms from my favorite Mexican restaurants and work mapped out in case of emergency.

  48. I’m so glad his surgery went well and I’m wishing for a quick recovery.

    Miss you.

  49. I’m glad the surgery went so well. Is that robe really acceptable workplace attire though?

  50. Nothing organized about my religion either…but I’m putting in a good word for Victor with the universe anyway.

  51. That’s nerve-wracking.
    Hope all goes really perfectly well and he’s back up being a pain in no time.
    Hugs from the Great White North!

  52. Coming in late to comment. I’m so glad the surgery went well. Hope the recovery is quick too!

  53. Glad it well. Yeah, the only bad thing about a lap chole is that you look 8 months pregnant afterwards from the gas…it deflates over a few days or so, but you can definitely get in a few good cracks about that one. As well as the hospital gown butt-flap crack thing.

  54. hooray victor! hooray jenny! booo gallbladder.

  55. You know I tell Roy all the time that she may be hotter, but no one will ever think he’s as funny as I do.

    So glad Victor’s doing well.

  56. 57
    The Original Lisa

    Well it’s a good thing he made it, since I don’t think I could fit into that holycraphotpink dress again in case you were to have to get married next week. Get better
    Victor, oh and if you need it, I might be able to spare some maternity clothes for you.

  57. SO glad it all went smoothly. Pfew. He’ll be feeling fine in no time.

  58. I’v so been thinking about this but didn’t want to bring it up and make you bummed. So glad you let us know that he’s doing well. So stressful though man.

  59. Thanks much for the great blog.

  60. 61
    Lady Penelope

    Ok, so I’m reading all the past entries tonight and I’m up to this one.
    I have to admit I was scared to read some of the comments as I thought there might be an updated comment informing everyone that Victor got to keep the gallbladder. Or it is re-named and in a jar on the kitchen window sill. Or even a link to a picture.
    So I kept reading.
    Please tell me, did you get to keep it?

    (Sadly, no. They tossed it. ~ Jenny)

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