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A poem, Rehab 'ain't no plush resort

Updated on May 31, 2012
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

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This is deciated to my friend Tom who fell and fractured a hip.

Someone said to me today, Its just not good to get out of bed. I thought for a moment and replied, " Oh just think of all the beautiful sites you wouldn't get to see "

A friend, a neighbor and especially me

My friend Tom had the blues a wee bit

Bad luck an accident

Tends to make one forget

All the good times, the days filled with laughter and mirth

My Mother used to tell me

For what it's worth

The good outweighs the bad

Now get busy

And start to feel glad

It seemed to work most every time

Making me smile, forgetting to feel sad

So like Scarlette said in ' Gone with the wind '

Put on a happy face

My friend

The rehab food is certainly no buffet

But when you get home

I'll bake you a souffle

' Cos i've been told i'm a connoisseur of fine food

Meaning i'm an excellent gourmet

Dude.


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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Hi Ruby. My best wishes to Tom. I am sure whatever you do will cheer him. He'll be looking forward to some gourmet cooking when he gets home.

      Listening to the beautiful song second time around as I write this.

      Take care

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow I pray that tom gets better.. My husband has been in rehab for 4 months. Now he is doing so much better.. He was in a motorcycle accident..I love your poem

      Blessings to you

      Debbie

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Up and awesome Ruby. Sad to hear about Tom. Hope he gets to feeling well. Great song and poem Ruby. Rehab can be tough, I have been there. Hopefully he pulls through just fine. Hope you are well also Ruby, have a great Friday!

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      Augustine A Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

      Ellie May, beautiful poem.

      Hip injuries are terrible! I hope a speedy recovery for your friend...

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Tom, get well soon.

      Ruby, thanks for sharing your wonderful tribute to Tom!

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      shiningirisheyes 4 years ago

      My regards to your dear friend Tom. You poemed very well the things many of us take for granted until we have something occur like your friend Tom.

      So appreciate the humorous last line kudos for chosing such a fine artist such as Vince Gill.

      Voting up

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      Dee42 4 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      This 'ditty' of a hub made me smile, and Lord knows I needed to smile. I seen your name on my email notifications and clicked on it, I'm a smitten fan. Great hub.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      I hope all is well soon. A very nice hub.

      Graham.

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      Donna Cosmato 4 years ago from USA

      Wow, this should make Tom smile through his pain! Great tribute to him, but also a good reminder to me to stop complaining about every little thing. It could be worse - just look at poor Tom!

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      BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I hope Tom will get well soon, it's definitely a tough time to go through rehab especially when it comes to hip injuries. Ruby, you are such a great friend, love the poem, it's so cheerful, witty and sweet, you are an awesome friend! =)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A wonderful poem and so nice of you to dedicate it to your friend. I wish him well and peace and happiness to you dear lady.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rosemary, Just a silly ditty, thought it might cheer him up. I'm glad you liked the song. I LOVE Vince Gill..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Debbie, Four months in rehab is a long time, glad he's better. Thank you for coming by..Cheers..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ricky, Thank you for kind wishes. He really is doing good, it just takes time. I am fine, thank you for asking...Cheers...

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      The rehab food is definitely no buffet...lol. This is really fun. Great encouragement for a friend. I hope he gets to read it.

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I am sure it’s no struggle

      For you to just smuggle

      Some food that’s not vile

      Bring Tom a great big old smile

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Ruby, I'm sure Tom is looking forward to a great meal you're planning.

      Voted up funny and awesome my friend, Joyce. Have a great weekend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      A.A. so good to see you. Ellie May says, " Thank you for your speedy recovery comment. " Cheers

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Your friend Tom will be up and flirting with all the nurses real soon and then dancing a jig right out the hospital door. Welcome him home with your culinary skills, I can smell the cooking now, can I come over for dinner to. LoL

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vinaya, Thank you for your get well wishes. Happy to see you...Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shiningirisheyes, Glad you enjoyed my fun hub and Vince Gill, he's one of my favorites..Cheers..

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Tom is so lucky, Ruby, to have you for a friend.

      Now he needs a new hip that will not break but just bend!

      Then he can shake. rattle amd roll with class,

      As long as he doesn't slip and fall on his a......nkle.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Dee, I'm so glad i made you smile and happy you are smitten...Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Graham, He is doing fine. Thank you so much..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Donna, He is still having some pain but much less. I think he will smile when he reads this nutty nitty. Thank you so much for coming by..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Max, Your are such a sweet friend. Thank you for kind words. You always brighten my day with your upbeat comments...Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill, So nice to see you. I appreciate your kindness and goodwill..Thank you..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Cardisa, So good to see you again. He says that the rehab food is BAD. Ha..I will make sure he reads it. Thank you so mush for taking the time to come by..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, Cute! I did take him some food, esp. fruit, his favorite food. He said that they served mashed potatoes and gravy everyday. ( Sounds good to me ) Ha..Thank you for the poetry, made me smile..Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Joyce, I must admit that i bragged a bit, i'm not a great cook. Hee..Maybe i'll fix him a steak and fries, sounds good to me. Cheers..Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vincent, I saw some pretty good looking nurses in rehab, should i worry? Hee.. He is a dancer, or was? I would be honored to have you join us for a lovely meal, might have to order in..Hee..Thank you for coming by my page..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Aha, drbj, what can i say? I knew you would come with your witty ditty. I am so happy you follow me, you make me smile and i look forward to your poetry. I have quite a collection from you. I enjoy returning to my hubs to read your gems..Thank you..Cheers

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruby, I hope Tom is feeling much better, your poem is sure to cheer him up!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Lesley, He's doing much better. Thank you for gracing my page..Cheers

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Poor Tom. A friend of mine had to go to rehab after a knee replacement. She was just miserable. You are a great friend and I know Tom appreciates you very much.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Hyphen, My Sis Mary had to have a knee replacement, daily rehab was grinding. Tom knows i'm there for him. I just feel so bad that it happened in my house, no more throw rugs...Thank's for coming..Cheers

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Ruby,

      My thoughts remain with Tom and I know how fortunate he is to have "the best nurse around" watching over him.

      Oh, how Vince Gill conjures up memories of my dear Mom. Now I love him because of her... what a very sweet song.

      Have a peaceful evening. Hugs, Maria

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      such a beautiful write for your friend, Tom.

      Wishing him a speedy recovery, Ruby.

      Sending you and your friend positive vibes!

      voted up indeed!

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 4 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      You are so awesome to dedicate this to your friend Tom!From your words I can picture the caring soul you are to all!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Maria, Thank you for being a good friend. Happy you enjoyed the song. Vince Gill has always been one of my favorite country HUNKS..LOL Peace and joy....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Ruchira, Happy to see you and I feel your good vibes..Thank you so much...Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Picadilly, Nice to meet you. You are so kind. Thank you. I see you are following me. I will be over to see you..Thank's again..Cheers

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ruby... Tom will be fine with some great help from the workers there and a wonderful friend like you...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rolly, It's remarkable how much he's improved with physical trerapy. Thank you for a thoughtful comment..Peace

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Ruby it is indeed sad to hear about Tom, praying to Almighty for his well being and he should enjoy the delicious food.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello girishpuri, Thank you so much. I'm afraid i bragged a bit about being a gourmet. LOL, but i'm pretty good at cooking some good old country food like fried chicken.. Thank's for the prayer. God bless you...

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Hi Ruby,

      Give my regards to Tom and wish him well from me.

      This is a very positive life affirming poem and your mother was right.

      Remember the good things life has to offer. Just like this poem.

      We all need to blow some bubbles sometimes. Life can be fun.

      Voted up and 4/5 buttons.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Molometer, I love your comment, blowing bubbles is so much fun. Thank you for kind words..Cheers

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      Erin LeFey 4 years ago from Maryland

      How fun Ruby and I love the song. I've been through Physical Rehab enough to know you find that strength eventually to pop out of bed its just hard in the beginning.

      The more I hear this song, the more I like it!

      Take care my dear sister, Love to you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You know what's so strange, I have never heard this song before, but it seemed perfect for this Ditty nitty. So happy you liked it too. Thank you my friend. You make my day when i see your beautiful smiling face. Cheers

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Aww, what a sweet tribute to Tom. I can only imagine that this wonderful poem made him crack a big smile.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Glad to know he is doing fine Ruby. It is never easy coming back from an injury. Best wishes to you both.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Always, my mother just got out of rehab too...she just rebelled and quit, lol! I'm sorry that your friend Tom doesn't have that option, but it sounds like he's going to have a nice homecoming party. I'm sure he'll get a charge out of your cute poem, too!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello M.T. Good to see you. He got a real kick out of this, made him smile BIG time. Thank you for dropping by..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ricky, Thank you so much for coming back for best wishes..I appreciate you..Cheers

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mollymeadows, Tom wanted to quit everyday too. He is home now and glad he stayed . He is doing good, walking really well. I hope your Mother is well. Thank you for coming by..Cheers

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      With friends like you , Ruby,to make him smile

      You will make his recovery an inch and not a mile

      With this merry song and message on his lips

      I am sure he'll soon be dancing on his new hips.

      You're a great friend with a positive outlook. My kind of pal.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Docmo, I love your poem. Thank you. You're a great friend too. My kind of guy..Cheers

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      sofs 4 years ago

      Ruby, best wishes to Tom, and to you his lovely friend :) He is a lucky dude to have you for a friend. :) God Bless!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      George Jones once broke his hip when you wiggled/walked by but he is still singing your praises in a wheelchair over at my place - so at Johnny Olsen used to scream on THE PRICE IS RIGHT - Ruby, come on downnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!

      lake erie time 5:29am

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sophie, Thank you for a sweet comment. He got a kick out of the word Dude..HaHa Thank's for coming by...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Epi, You are a blast! I'm jealous. Goerge at your pad, 'gotta catch a plane. He needs a good nurse and maybe a rocking chair? HaHa I love your clever comments, made Ruby's day..Wooahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Aaawh lovely Poem. Wishing Tom a speedy recovery.

      Thanks.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Hope Tom is better soon--but oh my Ruby--you have a clever way with words--

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Elena, Thank you for a speedy recovery wish..Cheers my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey, What a sweet comment. Thank you. Tom is getting better everyday..Smiles my friend..

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      oh, this is delightful Ruby the excellent gourmet...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello raciniwa, Good to see you. Thank you for a delightful comment. A gourmet, I am not..HaHa

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      50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

      hi Ms. Ruby, I imagine, Tom is doing better by now, since I'm so late in getting here to read a fine poem.

      Again, voted you up and awesome,

      peace,

      dust

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Dusty, Hey, better late than never, it's good to see you. Thank you for visiting, and thank you for the jokes you send. I enjoy them all..

      Peace,

      Ruby

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Very clever with the words here Ruby..truly a poet.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello unknown spy, Thank you for a GREAT comment..Cheers

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      That hub is awesome. Vince Gill is a talented artist.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Integrity, I'm thrilled you liked my silly poem. Vince Gill is one of my favorites..Cheers my friend...

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Very cute and uplifting poem for your friend. Loved your choice of songs by Vince Gill. Never heard that one before.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Peg, Happy you enjoyed my silly nilly and Vince Gill, he's great. Thank you....

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