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Brandon McCarthy is out of the ICU. And is peeing a lot.

Sep 10, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

Good news on the Brandon McCarthy recovery front:

McCarthy elaborates himself:

 

Thanks, Brando. No need for much more detail, though, bro.

  1. beefytrout - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    I rarely understand the point of Twitter, but in the case of Brandon McCarthy, it makes perfect sense.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      For the most part I use it just to track my favorite writer’s, and when they post new articles. Occasionally you get to be part of an awesome conversation that wasn’t available before twitter, like when Harry Pavlidis was discussing McCarthy’s pitching, with McCarthy himself (specific pitches thrown, what count/batter, etc).

      then there’s the trash like that Rangers blog guy who kept linking the vid of McCarthy getting hit to his wife, and his misogynistic BS he was spouting at her…

  2. redguy12588 - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    How did chamber pots ever go out of style? Peeing without getting out of bed would be awesome.

    • bigleagues - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      Have you ever toured one of those old historical type joints that have the original chamber pots as part of the historical display?

      Yeah, well, they still reek.

    • indaburg - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      For the terminally lazy, you can also use one of these:

      It’s what we give the patients in the hospital.

    • Old Gator - Sep 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      Awesome indeed. No more tripping over the dog.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      The best part of the era when chamber pots were in vogue was in the morning when the chambermaid would open the 2nd or 3rd floor window and heave the contents out into the unpaved street below, where it blended in nicely with the horse droppings. Ah, the aroma, and the importance of wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    That IV drip goes right through you fast.

  4. cur68 - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    They’re giving him diuretics to limit the fluid accumulation in his body. Among other things, this keeps his intra-cranial pressure low. Of course, he can’t exactly get out of bed and go to the john; besides the change in pressure from standing and lying might be dangerous, he’s probably real dizzy right now. So its the bucket. One of the best things so far about this twitter business and McCarthy is the evident return of his sense of humour. The risk in brain injury is loss of the fundamental personality traits that make up that person. Seems like Mr. McCarthy is his old self.

    • indaburg - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Right on, cur. What’s your nursing specialty?

      • cur68 - Sep 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        Hi ‘burg: I replied to your comment over an hour ago but it never posted. Ordinarily I could give a crap about that (plus if you try again both comments get posted so you look like a pillock) but since you’re a colleague, it just wouldn’t do not to try again, so to Pluto with the risks of a double post….

        Anyhow, I’m in NICU these days. Spent some long months in emerge and an even longer year in joint replacement/orthopedics. Saw enough head injuries to last me a lifetime. These days my specialty/masters is long term feeding issues in the very preterm or those born with prolonged periods of being NPO (surgical needs etc).

      • indaburg - Sep 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        Yay, no double post. :)

        NICU. That has to be heartbreaking. My only travel into the NICU occurred for a couple of months as a student, and I had to constantly resist the urge to punch some parents in the head for doing drugs while pregnant etc. I was scared of hurting the tiny babies with their translucent skin. They just look, and are, so fragile. I’ve mostly done ER (I watched too much TV and thought it would be fun), a little GI (all butts look the same), and now I just do triage nursing.

      • cur68 - Sep 10, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        Speaking mainly of the premies, many people think it is heart breaking but our success rate is excellent compared to adults. Our patient population is perfect: compliant, no life style issues, always take their medicine exactly as they have to, never hurl feces at you (that’s, like, the best one), and, most important, prematurity isn’t a disease state. Its just being born early. Most of what happens, that which you have to treat, is as a consequence of care, rather than a disease process. The infants of drug addiction are…issue laden, I agree. Its is VERY difficult not to judge and I usually can’t manage it, BUT when you find out some of the social histories around the mothers, well…lets just say there’s often some horrific circumstance attending the drug abuse. I find that very difficult.

      • jackrabbit56 - Sep 11, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        My granddaughter was born three months early, weighing in at two and a quarter pounds at birth. I have nothing but the greatest admiration for all that the staff of the NICU does for the care of their patients. She’s now 18 months old, walking and talking up a storm. Those first months she spent in the NICU were hard on her parents and us, but were instrumental in her development. My thanks to you, cur, and to all the nurses who so selflessly give of themselves to help others.

      • indaburg - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        That’s a wonderful outcome. I’m happy to hear your granddaughter is a little pistol. :-)

        Hmmm. I may have rethink nursing career paths. I do love babies. And the not having poop flung at my head sounds enticing.

  5. ajcardsfan - Sep 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    A part of me really hopes it was Amanda that made that tweet, just because everybody needs a spouse with a good sense of potty humor (Even though it made me laugh either way)

    • stex52 - Sep 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      I go with Cur on this one. I hope it is Brandon. I know of two cases of traumatic brain injury (these were strokes, but same general issue) where the person who came back was not the person who went in. If Brandon is still acting like Brandon, that is a very good sign.

  6. vikesfansteve - Sep 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Dr’s like to check your pee to see if there is blood in it, which is a side effect of surgery if you have stomach or intestinal problems. Especially if you are taking blood thinners to prevent clotting. Lots of people who go in for brain or heart surgery find out they also have ulcers or stomach cancer or a bladder infection from the catheter because they have blood in their urine caused by the blood thinners.

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