6 weeks in and Bacon Hoss was awesome. He was a good baby. He was a baby that went to sleep. He ate when he was hungry. He pooped and didn't blow out a diaper. At night, he would lightly cry to let us know that he was hungry. We would feed him, put him back to sleep without a fight, and get some good shut eye ourselves. He never cried all that loud either, almost as if he was respecting the ears of his family. He was a good baby.
But then he became self aware. He is skynet.
For 6 weeks he was basically no problems at all. I got everyone home from the hospital just fine and dandy. My wife was actually happy again as she was no longer pregnant. She thus didn't feel the need to punish me anymore. I was happy. 6 weeks of good times.
March Madness started. It was the second round. I love March Madness. I can't get enough of it. I love the last second shots. I love the close calls. I love the Cinderella teams stepping up to the plate and sending the big dog home. I love doing brackets, I love seeing my brackets explode. I love all of it. I don't watch any college basketball until March Madness and then I am glued to the TV.
Sometime after the first rounds of games though, Bacon Hoss had a thought, possibly his first thought. Certainly his first profound thought. Let's screw over Dad. What a great thought to have.
For 6 weeks I could sit in my chair with Bacon on my chest. I would pet him, he would make little noises. We would both fart. It was good times. I would eat nachos while trying not to drip any cheese on his head. He would spasm randomly to keep me on my toes. I would explain to him what a slam dunk was and how I could have done it. I lied, he listened, life was good.
Then the second round started and he decided that what basketball was missing was some good old fashioned screaming. Not good fan screaming like you get from a face painted local, but baby screaming that seems to find that last nerve and just jump on it. For hours.
I would change him, he would still cry. I would bounce him. He would still cry. I would give him his bottle. He would eat it, puke on me a bit, and then continue to cry. I just wanted to watch the game. I thought we had an understanding. Him and me and a whole month of college mayhem. Apparently, he changed his terms of service.
Hossmom would go to bed around 9. I would pull up the good old DVR and start the games that we had missed, games that I took extra attention to not find the score to. We would spend the next three hours watching those games and then I would feed him. I would put him to bed and go to bed myself. Life would be grand.
He however has decided that I am his father and therefore, his enemy. I have watched the games, sure, but not in a solid burst, more in ten minute increments punctuated by extreme screaming with the occasional vomit.
I remind myself that I've been through this before, that I got this, that I can remember my Jedi training. After an hour I realize that my training may be out of date.
I rock him. I put him in his car seat and rock him. I stand up and rock him. I sit down and rock him. I sing rock and roll to him while I sit Indian style and rock him. It makes no difference, this kids will is strong. I don't know what I am doing wrong. I don't even know if I'm doing anything wrong. And the more we do this, the more that I am sure that I am doing nothing wrong.
He has just decided that easy street is over and that it's time to liven up the joint. And I can't blame him, we've been pretty boring over the last couple of months. We haven't gone anywhere, no fear has been conquered, no foe vanquished. We haven't been on an adventure yet with Bacon Hoss and perhaps he's tired of that, perhaps it's time for him to meet the world.
Or maybe he just doesn't want to watch basketball? Maybe he's more of a baseball kid. That's ok, that season is starting and I've got cable. I can envision many hours of me teaching him what chin music is and how to steal second. And if that doesn't work? Football season is right after that.
If he pushes me, hell, I like all kinds of sports. Don't think I won't whip out some Nascar or Soccer. See how he feels about that. I'll ask him as soon as I get my hearing back.
I am paying for a previous misstatement, a mistake in parental judgement. Instead of teaching my children the proper names for private areas, I decided to go with "junk" and "koochie". At the time, it sounded funny. It also bothered me with hearing my 2 year old daughter at the time saying penis. It just didn't sit well with me. It doesn't sit well with me now. I fully accept I am a Neanderthal that should be frozen in a block of ice somewhere. I don't care, I'm fine with that. I just want to make sure that any boy that dates my daughter at any time in the future is considered junk. That sounds like I gave this a lot more thought than I actually did. It just made me laugh.
But the time has come to correct that mistake. The birds and bees talks do not sound right with calling things a junk and a koochie. Mind you, hearing my daughter say penis and my son say vagina doesn't sound right either but I'm picking the lesser of two evils here. I'm sure I am repressed in some way, I blame Oprah.
So I am trying to explain to Bubba Hoss that his junk isn't really called junk. It's called a penis. And he's right, there are three boys in the house and we all have junk. But we will call them penises. Side note, the plural of penis sounds pretty bad as well but it's better than calling it a junkyard. Well, not really, junkyard strikes me as funny........
No, I must stay on task. There are two girls in the house. They both have vagina's. I explain this to my son in what is the first of many scar inducing talks we will have. Other topics will involve sex, masturbation, and golden showers. All of which I'm sure will make him want to die the minute I bring them up. I am hoping to do it in front of his friends or preferably, his girlfriend. Then I get to scar two for the price of one and ensure that no teenage pregnancies take place. Perhaps I am good at this parenting thing.
"Girls have a vagina" I tell my son. He again looks at me like I am smoking crack. "Vagina" I say again. The absurdity of this conversation is starting to dawn on me.
"No Dad!" he says. "Girls have koochies!" He seems very sure of himself and it's a bit rough to try and deflate him.
I explain that we do call a vagina koochies when we are little but now we need to call them a vagina now. I am hoping that I won't have to add that this is because your dad thought it was easier this way when you were smaller and that basically I have turned out to be a complete dumbass. I think he knows though. My son and I, we have a special connection.
"Baginas?" he says.
"No son." I correct him. "Vaginas" I say again slowly. "Girls have vaginas"
"Baginas" he replays.
"Vaginas" I say correcting him.
"Vagaina, with a V"
"Baginas with a V"
"No son. Va. Gin. A."
"Ba. Gin. A."
I am getting a bit frustrated but it's ok, I'm an experienced Dad. Frustration is just part of the gig.
"Dad" Bubba Hoss says.
"Bagina is a very beautiful word"
I stare at him. I start laughing just for the weirdness of the statement. In my favor here, this is a step up from koochie. Yes, girls have baginas and it is a very beautiful word. Perhaps I do know what I'm doing.
I have another post up at Daddyshome. Yup, I still write for them as well. You will also notice that there is a new look to that site and I'm very happy with it. Mind you, I had nothing to do with that new look which is a good thing. For the last month I have had a bottle of face cream on a shelf because I thought it was a candle. Seriously, you don't want me anywhere designing the looks of things. I'm bad at it, real bad.
But I do like the new look. At least I think I do. I'm not really sure. I think it needs a face cream candle. That would probably make it better.
But I do like the new look. At least I think I do. I'm not really sure. I think it needs a face cream candle. That would probably make it better.
I'm watching my mother in law argue with the dog. Again.
My mother in law has been in town the last couple of days to help with the new baby, something that I very much appreciate. I have been able to sleep through a whole night now and once, I got to sleep in too. I would murder anyone of you just for that right there. No offense, but with new kid comes no sleep so when my mother in law offered to help, I nearly cried.
Everything has gone pretty smooth so far and I am happy. But I am getting much happier as my mother law argues with the dog. Seriously, this is gold.
"Khan!" she yells. "Get down!"
The dog, of course, does nothing. He's a fucking dog.
"Down I said!"
I think she thinks if she points out that she said it that he will somehow understand it. He does not. He eats poo when I let him outside and licks the pee off our other dog. He's gross and I think gay, but we love him.
"Khan! You are in my spot!" my mother in law informs him. I'm not sure she understands how this works.
She wants to sit on the couch with my wife. When eventually she gets there my wife and her will get a blanket and snuggle in for the night. I will pass over the new kid and happily head to bed. But not before this show is over, I'm hoping for an encore.
There are several things that make this extremely funny to me. First off, this is the same argument that she has had with the dog yesterday, the day before yesterday, the evening of yesterday. She will have the same argument tomorrow morning, the day after tomorrow and probably in her dreams when she is back at her house.
In her first argument I pointed out that all of my dogs come equipped with a handle. It's a harness collar that I keep on both my dogs, the fat one and the pretty gay one. Now Khan is 60 pounds of muscle but he's a big wuss. I love him for that. Looks great, scared of his own shadow. So I informed my mother in law that all she had to do was grab his harness and pull him off where ever she wants to sit. In fact, I have told her this in the first 5 arguments that she has had with the dog. I don't think she believes me. I could help, but to be honest, I'm enjoying this. I did try to help Just grab the harness, that's it. Grab and a small tug and he'll do all the rest. It's the same advice I give my wife. That has meanings and multiple levels.
I don't know why she hasn't listened to me but thus is life and sometimes you just need to sit and watch life. I enjoy it.
"Khan! Down! Down! Down!" He still doesn't move. I'm about to start laughing but that would be rude and probably ruin my fun. "That's my spot Khan! Down!"
This is another mistake. She thinks that this is her spot. I hate to disappoint her, but it's not, at least not to the dog. The dog lives here everyday and he goes to 2 spots, either the couch or my chair. His decision is based on which one I'm not sitting in. He's knows that I am the alpha in the pack so he will kindly take second fiddle. The only time he doesn't is when we all snuggle up together and I do enjoy that. Three kids and a dog makes for a happy life. This makes for an entertaining one. My mother in law doesn't seem to realize that to the dog, this is his spot. That he was here before her and will be here after she leaves. In his mind, and no disrespect here, she is below him on the pack food chain. I would tell her that but then she may not let me sleep anymore and I like my sleep.
"Rouse!" she says and points at him. "Rouse!"
This almost breaks me. You see, when my wife was younger and had dogs, my mother in law taught them the word "Rouse." It means down or go, I'm not sure which. Somewhere along the way she has assumed that all dogs must know this magic word even though I have never, ever taught them what this word means. I thought with their behavior she would figure out that they don't speak English much less German. Most of our communication with the dog is not verbal. I snap my fingers and point alot. They promptly ignore me. It's a relationship that works well for us. However, my mother in law continues with "rouse!" The dog stares at her some more, because again, he's a fucking dog.
Now I know that my mother in law will think that I should teach them the word rouse. And I should teach them not to get on the furniture, or jump on people, or not to drink out of the toilet. She probably considers me a very weak dog owner and she would be right. However, I am completely ok with this. I love my dogs. I think they are awesome. I love the rough housing. I love the snuggle time. I love that every night when I go to bed he jumps up there with me and gets right on my side, right where he belongs. I love that he knows when I need a lick, that he knows steak is hands down the best food ever. He loves me, unconditionally, all the time. He's earned his spot on the couch and I am ok with him there. He's my dog and I love my dog.
"Down, rouse, out, off, get, dog!" She continues. I wake up Bacon Hoss just so he can see the reenactment of Hamlet going on over here.
Eventually, the dog decides that he has had enough of this person screaming random things at him. He jumps down and gets on the floor. My mother in law sits on the couch and grabs her Ipad, finally victorious.
Soon she realizes that she has forgotten her glasses and gets up to retrieve them.
The dog quickly jumps back on the couch.
I smile. I am entertained. I wish I had a bic that I could now light and hold in to the air.
Hossmom has been through more than I ever have in the last week and that does include 2 kidney stones and playing 1/2 season of highschool football with a broken hand. I think I know pain but what I know may not measure up. The initial guy reaction to me is to take off my belt and tell her to bite down, to take it like a man. I have tried little cliche's like this on her in the past and it does not work to well. I usually end up cussed at and water bottles are thrown at my head. I want to say "walk it off" but I know better. Where as boys have grown up hearing this from their fathers, including mine, women have not. They are told to express themselves and on the way to the couch Hossmom is very certainly expressing herself.
I am a bit worried because I don't know what exactly is causing her pain although I may have a good idea. The wonderful world of child birth leaves you with many marks and bruises that don't heal over night, including a c-section scar. I tell Hossmom that we have to make it the couch though because if she falls here it's going to hurt a lot more with me picking her up.
While Hossmom hangs onto my neck, Bacon Hoss is in my other arm. I carry him like a football in my previously stated broken hand, long since healed. He, it turns out, is not happy. He is hungry and like any newborn, hunger equals mad. I find that holds true into adulthood as well. I'm not sure which is being louder at the moment, Hossmom or my son.
Little Hoss and Bubba Hoss have to be in the action as well. They are very concerned and show that concern by asking lots of questions. I am normally ok with this. Answers counter fear, the unknown breeds it. It's just hard to hear them over the other two. Together, as a family, we are about as quiet and subtle as a herd of elephants moving through a downtown traffic. For grins and giggles and because life is funny, I do hear something fall and break in the kitchen. I figure it's my perfect ordered world that has shattered. The good times are over, it's time to hunker down and bite on that belt.
I get Hossmom to the couch. I tell her that I am going to give her 10 minutes before calling the doctor. She protests but Little Hoss's questions drown her out. Yes, momma is going to be ok honey. Dad is here and Dad owns this.
I take Bacon Hoss upstairs. He needs a new sleep sack as he appears to have puked over his current one. He also needs a new diaper for I'm pretty sure he dropped a load for me on the way to the couch. I tell Hossmom that if she is not feeling better by the time I get down, it's hospital time. We head upstairs and the two other kids go with me.
I put Bacon down to change him. I take off his diaper and discover yup, poop city. I have had a lot of experience changing diapers. I consider myself an expert. If there was a contest for fastest wrapping of poo holes, I'm pretty sure I would be nationally ranked. I do it with flair and style as well as I usually smack talk my children while I do it. I am Conan, conqueror of the dirty diaper. Your wailing of terror will not send me fleeing little one for I am to change your diaper and so I shall! Prepare yourself, justice is coming. I amuse myself a lot during the day.
As I am cleaning up Bacon, Little Hoss is asking me questions again, lots of them. Why is the baby crying. Is that poop? Poop looks gross. I can still hear mom. I assure her that her mom is going to be ok and that poop is indeed pretty gross. I'm still in high spirits. I am Conan.
I see blood on the side of my sons leg.
As a man, we are taught that any blood coming out of anything in the underwear region is bad. It's very bad. It's syphilis bad. Blindness and a very painful erectile test is sure to follow. As you can imagine, I am concerned. I need to find the source. We have been home for only about 2 days at this point. The circus has started.
I tell my daughter to go check on her mother and as I do I look over at Bubba Hoss who seems unfazed by the little excitement we have going on. This is not unusual because there are bright lights on and he loves him some bright lights. It's not that he doesn't love his family it's just that he may love his Skylander toys more. I accept this, I love my son no matter who he loves.
But what I notice more is not that he seems unconcerned with all the yelling but that his entire upper lip and lower jaw is covered with blood. It's looks like he is preparing himself to have a dinner date with Hanibal Lector. The Skylanders are of course invited.
My son gets the random nose bleed from time to time. When they do come they gush and he rarely knows when they happen. It's good times when you are at the store and he's walking on and you look down at him and see a monstrosity staring back at you. At first you think he must have killed an entire sorority before you realize that it's just another nose bleed. The other people in the store think you have just broken his nose. Those looks are priceless. I'm sure they would vote for me as dad of the year.
I imagine this is the Cosmos testing me. I have a screaming wife, a worried daughter, one son with blood in the diaper and one son that is gushing rivers of blood. If I considered myself normal, I wouldn't be laughing right now. I would be on the floor in the fetal position wondering what the fuck. Then I would calmly cover myself in peanut butter and go lay out naked in the front yard. On a side note here, this is my long term plan for when I do crack. I do not know why peanut butter and the nakedness but I enjoy the visualization of it. It does strike me is funny which is why I"m probably laughing now.
Well that and there was a time when I almost did crack, seven years ago. Little Hoss had just come into our world and it was late at night. Hossmom was in pain and turns out she needed her gallbladder removed. The kitchen was a mess, we had no bottles and I'm pretty sure the dog took a shit on the floor. At that moment, I came as close as I ever have. I went outside and took a pacifier and chunked it as far as I could and yelled "fuck" very loudly. I'm sure my neighbors appreciated me very much then as it was around midnight. But I gave myself a pep talk, much like I did when I broke my hand.
Pain isn't an option, quitting isn't an option, bitching about it isn't an option. There is no one else. There is you. You are Dad, this is your world and in your world you are the only thing that is between destruction and chaos. He are the pillar that must stand against the crashing waves. In short, don't be a pussy. Nut up. Take that belt, bite down hard and take it like a man. And as corny as all that sounds, it's something that has gotten me through every difficult time since then. My football coach would be proud.
I didn't crack tonight. I have been here before. I know this, I own it. I'm not going to crack, I'm going to man up. I'm not going to become Chester the deadbeat, I'm fucking Patton, time to take control.
With one foot I kick a towel that was on the floor to my son. Where did the towel come from? Anyone with small messy children can tell you that a towel is always on the floor, always, somewhere. You usually get your boots caught up in it while carting laundry and wonder how you missed it in the first place. In short, I was not surprised that there was a towel on the floor at my feet. I tell him that he's got a bloody nose. I tell him to lay down and wipe his face then put the towel on his nose. He does it on the first try. He doesn't complain, he doesn't ask questions. He comes through, I am very proud of my son.
I tell my daughter to go ask mom how she is feeling and then to report back. She is my recon. I am giving orders and they are being followed.
I go back to my other son on the changing table, my hand on his little chest. I look at the blood on his leg. There are no marks, scratches or puncture wounds. I check the appropriate orifices. All good. I check his junk. I see a small red smear and realize that the blood is from his recent circumcision. It appears that the diaper stuck to it a little bit where the Vaseline was rubbed off. He appears fine although he is still screaming. But to his credit, I don't know a man alive that would scream if his dick was bleeding. He should be screaming louder. I am proud of him as well. I gooped him up, put a diaper on and do a Bacon wrap. He's good to go.
Little Hoss reports back. Mom is feeling better. She says she burped. My girl is on her game, a fine first lieutenant.
I scoop up Bacon and tell Bubba Hoss to stand. I scoop him up in my other arm. We head downstairs with Little Hoss clearing the way of any dogs and Charlie. We go to the kitchen, and I put my son in a chair with instructions to lean his head back. The bleeding seems to have stopped and he is smiling and laughing. He always laughs and I love it about him. I grab a bottle and shove it in Bacon's mouth, he stops crying. I hold it with my chin as I grab a wash cloth to wipe up my other sons face.
We go to see Hossmom who is now smiling and feeling better. We would find out later (I did call the doctor) that gas pain is not unusual right after pregnancy even though it's our first time experiencing this to this degree. Easy fix to, stop drinking out of straws. Sucks for Hossmom as she does this all the time but the burp that wouldn't come has convinced her.
Little Hoss is now watching a cartoon. Bubba Hoss is next to her and looking fine, just a little red tint on his jaw. I let him keep some of the blood on his face like war paint, a reminder of the war we just walked through. Hossmom is reading about some celebrities doing celebrity type things. Bacon is asleep after his little snack.
And me. I'm just fine. I didn't crack. A younger me may have, most surely would have. But younger me was at least smart enough to realize that I am the one that must stand up when no one else can. It's a hard lesson that may take you to some dark places, but it's the truth. I am calm in my chair, my family is fine and I think to myself "I'm going write about this and it's going to be epic." This helps feed my over inflated ego. But in the dark times, I need that ego. He's the one that bites the belt and takes it like a man. I'm proud of him too.
Except it's not quiet. It's very loud. It's always loud. It will never be quiet again. I have sacrificed quiet. I have given it up. Coming out of the fox hole I discovered a land riddled with noise. It begs the question, was it like that before and did I get used to it or is this something new? I don't know but that fox hole is looking pretty good.
I am in my chair. It's 12:30 at night. I have something that I think will be funny, a nice little story that ends with me being awesome. Those are my favorite type of stories, the ones where if enough ladies read them I'm sure I will start getting panties mailed to me. I am the blogging version of Mick Jagger, if I can only get this one funny story out.
Bacon Hoss decides that this is the time to start crying. No big deal, this is third time around for me. I was ready for it. And for some reason, he doesn't seem too loud to me. It seems that Little Hoss was way louder when she was a baby or maybe I was just a parenting noob getting owned by my daughter. That's possible.
I pick Bacon Hoss up. He likes to be held and I like doing it. No worries. He's still a bit fussy but I can still write while I bounce him at 12:30 am. I've got mad parenting skills. I may juggle cats next, I'm that good.
The TV is on though and I am starting to notice it. It bothers me a little bit. Not much, but just a little bit. It's reruns of The West Wing. My mother in law and wife have been watching them this first week home. Hossmom can't really do much so TV has become her friend. She feeds Bacon Hoss, she watches TV, feeds Bacon Hoss, watches TV. But combined with my son crying the TV is starting to be a distraction. There were no distractions in the fox hole. I look at what I'm writing and apparently Iran is working on a hard water reactor. This is used in the making of plutonium, very bad. I do not know why I wrote this as I don't do much with nuclear reactors but it's in there. It's in there because Josh Lymon has been talking about it on the West Wing.
The TV is on because my mother in law is in town giving some much appreciated assistance this week. However, she can't go to sleep unless the TV is on in the background like it is back at her house. I believe that she has a sleep timer on her TV. I don't have one on here. I curse my stupidity. My good looks often get in the way of my brain. That and my extreme narcissism. She is sleeping on the couch because that is the only place we have a TV. Hossmom has some principle about no TVs in bedrooms. I almost divorced her because of this.
My mother in law, who's help is appreciated, is snoring during the West Wing and Bacon Hoss fussing. Not loud, but enough that it is noticeable. Maybe I wouldn't have noticed it if things would have been different, but currently I am comparing her snore to my wife's.
Hossmom went to bed at 9. She's tired, it takes a lot out of a person creating life. I wouldn't know, I only supply the genetic material then head to my fox hole where it is safe from criticism and judgement. And it's quiet. Since Hossmom isn't to spry after a c-section I have the baby monitor on so that I can hear her upstairs should she need anything. The last thing I need is her coming back down stairs and popping a stitch because she needed a glass of water. That would not be good and something that my fox hole cannot protect me from.
Since the baby monitor is on, I can hear Hossmom's snore. Although she and her mother might get a little miffed if I call them "snores". So let's call them the sounds that a gorilla makes while it is being eaten by a crocodile that is being raped by a seal. I have never heard that but I imagine it is something like what these two beautiful ladies got going on. It's like whale song just not relaxing, beautiful or awe inspiring. It's terrifying. And distracting. Toby Zieglar has decided to weigh in on the heavy water thing.
I want to write. I have things to say. I have experiences to relate. I have victories to document. But at the moment it appears that I am in the worst movie in the world but it has great surround sound.
I feel like the Grinch when he complains about Whoville because of all the "noise, noise, noise!" It occurs to me that the Grinch wasn't an old green shitheel. He was just a blogger trying to get something down on paper. He's really misunderstood, that's all.
I could head down to my fox hole. I could find it again, maybe if I looked really hard, like Die Hard. Maybe I could throw in some movie one liners such as "I'm never coming back!." Something like that. But to do so, I would have to leave the serenade of snoring played over a baby fussing backdrop. Besides, I kind of want to know what Barlett has to say about this water thing. I'm also starting to think that if I listen to all the noises together at once and for long enough I might be able to get some sort of message that is being transmitted to me.
I think it's saying to me that the answer is 42, I just don't know the question yet.
After 9 months of basically having nothing to do, now is my time. I have sat quietly on the sidelines, sometimes wearing underwear, waiting to jump into the game. Hossmom has carried the ball for 9 long months. Now it's go time, the big boys have been called up. The hospital remote for the TV isn't working and I'm about to take control.
Hossmom can't get it to work which is a pretty big deal in the hospital. There isn't much to do when you are confined to the bed. You can read which is a bit difficult when you have an 8 pound dependent latched onto your chest 90% of the time. You can prank call other hospital rooms asking those patients if they left the refrigerator running but honestly that can get old after a few hours. So it's back to our good old friend the TV and hers doesn't work.
Or I should say that it doesn't really work for her. For me it would probably work fine. Hossmom doesn't respect the remote. She constantly abuses it by making it turn to stations that contain fashion shows or young people arguing. Sometimes late at night I can hear the remote weeping and I understand. When I finally get around to turning the channel to football or explosions I can feel it vibrate with delight in my hand. I'm assuming the hospital remote committed suicide.
The hospital remote isn't like a normal remote. It weighs in at a healthy 9.8 pounds which a full pound heavier than my son. It's got about a dozen buttons that do absolutely nothing at all. I am assuming they are just for show much like a peacocks feathers. There are 2 buttons that actually do work, they turn the channel up and down. There are number buttons of course but they never get used as no one knows what stations are on the hospital TV. I believe that hospitals use no cable or dish network known to man. There programing comes streaming in live from dimension 9. That's why ESPN is usually found only in Spanish and right next to the movie channel that is blacked out. There are no volume buttons because that would be silly. The volume is controlled by a dial on the side of the remote, kind of like a walkie talkie. It's so we can adjust the volume on the actual remote itself as the sound comes from there, not the TV. Niner good buddy type of remote design.
The remote is also not wireless because that technology is beyond us. I am currently typing in my room where I am not directly connected to the Internet. I have a cordless phone next to me that I use to surf the net and look at porn. In my wallet is a card that I use to pay for things, this card knows exactly how much money Hossmom has and how much I can use before she notices it. It is possible for a man in space to actually read what I am typing at this moment and the NSA probably is. But the hospital remote cannot be wireless, that is beyond our abilities.
However, as I examine the remote, I don't think this is truly the issue. I see the remote is plugged in using a very long cord. The cord runs the length of the bed and connects to the wall where it's plugged into some sort of extra special outlet that conforms to no other outlet I have ever seen.
The only reason for this is that now the hospital can declare this remote medical equipment and thus charge me double for it's use. On the itemized bill it will say a "CBC Count x1008" which stands for Changing Bitching Channels 1008 times. I will be charged for each time we change the channel. Perhaps this remote can also read my bank account and has discovered that we cannot pay for any more channels.
Working with technology for my whole life has taught me one very important lesson. If something doesn't work, unplug it. Deprive it of the life giving energy it needs, make it suffer. Let it know that you are fully in control and that if doesn't get it's act together, you will take away that energy forever. It's a cruel game between master and servant but one that must be played.
So in attempting to fix the remote and become once again useful to Hossmom, I unplug the remote from the wall and then plug it back in again after a second or two.
I admit, I expected something to happen but I did not expect what actually did happen.
Within 5 seconds a nurse kicked in the door like she was raiding a meth house. In one hand was a phone (cordless, interesting) and the other hand contained some medical looking equipment, probably expensive. She seemed a tad bit out of breath, like she was running.
I stood there with the remote.
"What's wrong?!" she asked. And she didn't ask this in the normal sweet nurse way that is trying to show you sympathy. She asked in the way that suggested that I better give answers quickly or be given a shot of arsenic. I just stood there with the remote.
As I was trying to formulate an answer another nurse barged in. I would imagine that this is her back-up. She is probably the one that was told to go around back to make sure none of the perps got out that way and finding that we hadn't, proceeding into the room. "Whats the matter!" they say again.
I stood there with the remote, I looked at the remote and I looked at them. I have done something but I'm not entirely sure what. I have gained the power of summoning through some freak of nature, perhaps through radioactive mutation, and have summoned two very serious looking nurses.
I couldn't not say something, everyone was looking at me. My wife was looking at me with the look that says, WTF man! My son was looking at me. Bacon Hoss doesn't have a whole lot of experience with me yet and I feel that if I continued to just sit there his impression of me would start to dwindle. I can't have that.
"The remote doesn't work" I say very calmly and like I intended this to happen the whole time. I have stated the reason why they were summoned and I have said in such a way in that I expect to have answers.
"I unplugged it because it didn't work. Then I plugged it back in to see if it would work. It still doesn't work." I have a told a story now with a strong central character, an obstacle and a climax. I should charge admission when I summon nurses.
The nurses look at each other but only for a second before the phone rings at both my wife's bedside table and in the nurses hand. On the hospital itemized bill this will be shown as the "jackass fee". The nurse answers it.
"We are fine." she says. "He just unplugged the remote." she tells the phantom judge on the other hand. Oddly, she sounded kind of smug from where I was sitting.
It turns out, the nurse explains, that the hospital remote also serves as the "Code Blue" button as well. It's apparently hidden in there somewhere next to the useless channel buttons and volume control. When the remote is unplugged it also apparently turns this button on which causes any nurse within ear shot or at the control station of dimension 9 to come running. They then call to further add to your humiliation if you are not having a heart attack.
"The remote doesn't work" was the only thing I could think to say.
The nurses calmly ask me not to unplug anything else and that they will have maintenance come up and take a look at the remote. Then they leave and I can hear them muttering what I assume are very unflattering things.
I turn to my wife and calmly explain that see, if you unplug it and then plug it back it, eventually it will get fixed. I stand by my actions.