I bet YOU never got one of these in the mail before!!

22 11 2007

Today is show and tell on the beautiful diabetic. And I promise you it is WEIRD.

So, my darling viking called me and said ‘Honey, you got a sussy in the mail!’.

(For those of you who aren’t familiar with a ‘sussy’, it’s a little surprise, something given for no particular reason or event, just a little gift to say ‘I am thinking of you’. I’ve not heard the term outside of Texas, and only twice outside my own family. I digress.)

And anytime one comes in the mail, it is especially exciting! So, I was totally curious and told him ‘open it! open it!!!’ He said ‘OK’ and then I just heard silence…and then I heard ‘ummmm’.

Of course I am full of child like anticipation on the other end of the phone line and said ‘WHAT IS IT? WHO’S IT FROM??’ And he said……

‘It’s your old defibrallator!’

REALLY? Seriously?? I couldn’t believe it! Who sends a used defib in the mail??? For those of you who don’t know, I have Long QT Syndrome and I had an operation in May to replace my old defibrallator, it kept turning off, which TOTALLY defeats the purpose, so it was retired and got sent to America for testing and diagnostics. I suppose some kind hearted individual must have decided I would like it for a keep sake. So, if you have never seen one before, here it what it looks like:

From the side, it’s as wide as a Zippo lighter:

And, it can fit in the palm of my hand:

The more I thought about it, the more I just can’t believe that this is my actual device that lived inside me for 5 years! I mean, why would you send something like that in the mail??? Is it even legal? Used medical equipment? Can I sell it on Ebay? These are NOT cheap!!
It came with a note in Norwegian that bascially said: ‘Dear Kathryn, we thought you might want a souvenier! Your friends at St. Jude’.

Again, REALLY??

In conclusion, I think it MUST be an advertising piece or something, like a paper weight. So, that’s my show and tell.

Cool, huh?

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3 responses

23 11 2007
Amylia

Wow! That’s funny and strange. Almost as bizarre as eating food in and out of a toilet bowl, or at least right up there.

Not exactly the “sussy” I’d expect. That note is hilarious.:)

Thanks for posting the photos. They’re very interesting. Amazing what we all live with…

28 11 2007
Donna

Hi Kathryn,
I stumbled upon your blog from reading Amylia’s. Nice reading…

What a strange thing for St Jude’s to send back to you. Hmmm…

Thanks for including photos of it. I noticed that it looks very similar to the VNS device that I am trying to get okayed by my insurance company for my depression. Weird how these things look alike.

Nice meeting you! Have a good day!

16 09 2008
Sadie

Had to stop reading and comment that I love that you know the word “sussy”! I used to think that it was a word only my family used until I heard it used by a co-worker one day. Now I’ve grown up in Texas (Austin) and lived here pretty much my whole life but up until that day, I’d never heard anyone else use the word. My husband who was also born and raised in Texas was pretty confused when I had first used “sussy” with him. I’m proud to know that your viking hubby uses such a great word!

*heading back to read the rest of the post*

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