Here’s proof that I had a heart in the hospital.  And here’s proof I’m no longer there.  Random bits related to my week weak.

  1.  I had eaten BarBQ ribs.  With my gullet full, I was relaxing in my blue chair making plans for what to read before bed time.
  2. Contraction kinds of things started happening in my stomach.  Very short on breath.
  3. Scared, I asked my family to call 911.  Quick response.  I’m on my way.  Too late to back out now.
  4. Emergency room.  I’ve done “wait” too long!  However, I did think they would send me home.
  5. Nope, they sent me to a room.  Much like a prison run by government regulations.  If I seem scared of the government, the hospital is much more so.  Example:  Physical therapists have to put that harness on you.  That harness that your husband uses to pull the trailer.
  6. Got breakfast about 10-ish.  On a scale of 1-10, it was thirteen.  But offered with love.
  7. Three days later the chicken bacon did get better.  With light toast this morning, it was good. And offered with love.
  8. Good news this morning.  I could go home today.
  9. I did.  I am.  I sleep!  I happy.  I have a heart.
  10. Surprise, surprise.  The problem was not my heart.  The problem is my lungs.  They do not thrive in water.


What I have written above is done so with love and fun for all who were involved.  However, I must get serious long enough to recognize the place God took in bringing me through another crisis.  I get thrill chills at his loveliness, at his holiness, at his offer of a hand to help me — again.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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31 Responses to LIKE A BAD PENNY, I SHOW UP

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’ve recently received the “less fat, less sugar, less salt” advice, and yours certainly is a cautionary tale to pay attention! Glad to see you perking along again. Now, put away that salt shaker!

    • oneta hayes says:

      I said bye to the salt shaker. No added salt to anything for quite a while. My problem now is processed foods. One can’t even buy a turkey breast without salt! I’ll find a way. Thanks for caring.

      • shoreacres says:

        This just occurred to me. About twice a year, I go to our locally owned meat market and butcher shop, and have them roast a fresh turkey breast for me. Then, I have them slice the thing thin for sandwiches, like they do at a deli counter. I package the results and stick them in the freezer. Voila! Sliced, additive-free turkey! I don’t know if you have an old-fashioned butcher shop around, but if you do, you might look into it.

        • oneta hayes says:

          I do and I will. I have a loving friend from the past who would do anything for me, who works there. I knew her from my involvement in the prison ministry once upon a time. If anyone knows, she will.

  2. Debbie L says:

    I KNEW something had taken you away from your computer! So GRATEFUL your humor is back with a vengeance. Yesterday was day 50 in ICU for my dear brother in law/in Christ. My husband’s only sibling and our dear mentor. So I get your humor – except that they are doing extraordinary things to save him after the ravages of cancer has invaded his abdominal cavity. He has now lost so many “unnecessary” organs, except last week, his stomach was like your lungs, it can’t operate full of blood so out it went. They didn’t want to tell him until he is better….our concern is that will cause him to say, “pull the plug.” He is a farmer, lives on a farm in the middle of no where….Please pray for God’s Wisdom for his continuing battle….
    Welcome back. I can’t always comment but I love it when the email comes in about your post – I can scan it and cherish your memory!!! LOL

    • oneta hayes says:

      I certainly hope I did not cast aspersions against the wonderful things done by the medical arena. My comments about “done in love” were fully intentional and sincere. Sometimes these decisions are so hard to make. I have relatives who seemed to wait so long to die after that had really become their choice. But God holds that key! Many are left hanging on the cross with Jesus for the sake of some soul who must learn the truth. That is there is victory in the death of every Christian.

      • Debbie L says:

        Oh no, I should have highlighted “done in love!” He’s had a few “special needs” that red tape tied up. Nearly cost him his life. His 3 adult children were there and one knew how to navigate (he’s a Radiation Therapist) the system to get ‘er done!
        We have the best medical system in the world here!!!

  3. granonine says:

    Oh, my. So glad you came out of that so well! Good to “see” you again 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      When I left home in the ambulance, I said “I have done this before – but not this time before, so new experience coming. But I really didn’t know how much I committed to when I placed my choices in the hands of others. I found much wisdom and knowledge – and much love.

  4. Oh how I love ribs!!!
    I’m glad you’re wrung out like a sponge and not overtly holding fluids and doing much better!!! Salt is a funny balance— we can’t live without it or often with it— so oh to strike that perfect balanced blend—
    Maybe stick to cornbread with unsalted butter 🥰

    • oneta hayes says:

      Not wrung out enough yet. Understanding the importance of salt in just the right measure, adds significance to Jesus’s words, “you are the salt of the earth.” I didn’t know cornbread had less salt; I’ll check that out. I love cornbread and I can’t tell the difference between salted and unsalted butter. So what’s to lose? Nothing.

  5. ghostmmnc says:

    Wow what a scary experience! Glad you are back home again. Being in the hospital is not fun at all. 🙂

  6. says:

    I would give the same diagnosis. You definitely have a heart. So glad to hear you are back home and well. God sets these trials before us so we learn to depend on Him.
    We should know that already, and I know you do, but sometimes these shakeups put things into perspective again – and again.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes. And it opens opportunities also. After a consultation meeting with family and doctors on June 6th, I might have some very good news. Next time you pray tell Jesus I’m about to let you in on a secret soon.

      • says:

        I will wait with baited breath ❤️

        • oneta hayes says:

          It has to do with the valve repair that can be done through the groin and up an artery to repair rather than have to be opened up. I think the procedure has proved quite successful for ten years. When I had surgery ten years ago, I was told that the new thing was in. My cardiologist is quite knowledgeable and highly respected. I believe she is going to recommend that option. Prayers help. Thanks.

          • says:

            I’m happy to hear this news. I pray that it will be the solution necessary for you to live a longer life and spread your good news with more people.

  7. pastorpete51 says:

    Lots of funny things and terrible food but the good and happy part is they sent you home!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes. And the Lord is with me there and here. I’m dependent on Him but I’m also very thankful for the people with caring hearts who work in the medical field.

  8. Dawn Marie says:

    So very grateful you’re on the mend, Oneta! Sending you unsalted hugs and blessings to continue your road to full recovery!!!

  9. hatrack4 says:

    Glad to see that you are better.

  10. So glad to hear that you are doing better and haven’t lost your lovely sense of humour in the least. Lots of love 🙂

  11. C.A. Post says:

    Hi, Oneta. My last blog ( was on a visit to a Florida hospital just as we began to head back from vacation.
    The scary part for me going into any hospital is the new sense that hospitals have that they can control you… not just what you eat, but how long they can keep you! You can still leave AMA (against medical advice) or ADA (against doctor’s advice), but how much longer will this be allowed?
    Fortunately, as a 17 year old boy once wrote to me, “Nothing happens TO a Christ-follower; filtered by His love, it only happens FOR us.” Amen!!
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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