Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Day the Tour Stood Still

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hindsight being 20/20 and all, I suppose John's blood-curdling yell at 8AM should have tipped me off that our day in Dallas was going to be a wee bit difficult.

As it was, when I skidded into the hotel bathroom, still half-asleep, and saw the golf ball-sized lump on John's forehead, I was hoping it was merely a flesh wound. (Heh.) The irony, of course, is that it was merely a flesh wound, and would soon be the least of our worries.

Since John was laid out on the bathroom floor, my first order of business was making sure he was conscious (and would stay so), ordering a car to get us to the hospital, and getting us both decently clothed - in that order. In addition to the head wound, John was beyond miserable with what we thought was the flu, so the walk-in clinic we first went to turned us away (none too nicely, I might add), since they couldn't tell if his symptoms were from the flu or the head bonk. So, we called another cab, and waited. The clinic doctor came out and threatened to call an ambulance if we didn't leave quickly, or if John closed his eyes for too long, so it was a long, tense wait. (John was alert enough that we didn't think an ambulance was necessary, but we both had only had a few hours of sleep that night, so he kept trying to put his head down.)

Skipping past a few hours of tedious misery: John was laid out in the ER and on an IV. His head seemed Ok, and the flu test came back negative, so they planned to get just one more bag of fluids in him and then release him. It was getting late, though, so I had to head back to the hotel to get ready for the show. I figured I'd do it solo, and then meet up with John afterward at the hotel.

I should mention that at this point I thought the show at Legacy Books started at 3. It did not; it started at 2. Yeeeah. (Thanks, Amy, for that phone call. And sorry 'bout the screeching.)

I arrived at 1:50 to a lovely crowd of cake-hungry Wreckies:


However, thanks to a host of technical difficulties, all the store's horses and all the store's men could not get my slide show together again. (Not for lack of trying, mind you. Kyle & Jeremy, you guys are awesome.) I really would be doing the show solo: no slides, no John, and not even a mic, at first. Heh.

But here's the crazy thing: it was a great event. Seriously. The crowd was so enthusiastic, and so happy to be there, that I think we all had a fabulous time. It didn't hurt that we had a gorgeous cake on hand, courtesy of Bronwen Weber's Frosted Art Bakery:

Mmmm. Chocolate.

(The three lovely ladies you see here are students at a local pastry school. Since Bronwen was at a cake show, they generously volunteered to help serve.)

Plano really turned on the Southern charm for me. Check out these girls' shirts:


Some even brought gifts, like this gorgeous apron Brooke W. made for me:

Isn't it cute?
(This is Brooke's photo, not mine. I only wish I had a Lucille Ball dress like that.)

And we can't forget our cupcake Wreckplica winners!

From left to right: Kayla, Nicole, & Christy

Here are their entries:

It's Snappy! Haven't seen him in forever.

She even added the rose petals. Awesome.

Fondant censor bars FTW!

When I was about three quarters of the way through the signing line, I found out that John was not only still in the hospital, but that he also had pneumonia. I'm glad I didn't know the whole truth yet (no one did): that in addition to his lungs being filled with fluid, he was also in shock and had a bacterial infection raging through his blood stream.

John was in critical condition for the next two days, and we are still finding out all the many and colorful ways he could have lost limbs or even his life had the infection taken a nasty turn - or if he hadn't been admitted when he was. Yep, all told, we are very happy he bonked the bejeepers out of his noggin.

So that's the story, my dear Wreckies. Well, not completely: I could go on about my fractured emotional state, the tears, the worry, the hotel that locked me out of my room that first night when I was trying so desperately to get to John, the kind nurses who still let me in when I got there late, the fact that John was calling hotels from his bed in ICU to get me into a better & closer hotel, the cab driver who spread the word about us, so that I had other drivers telling me they were praying for John, the ICU food staff who brought extra meals when I hadn't eaten all day, my amazing contacts at Andrews McMeel (Kathy & Amy) who repeatedly told me not to worry about the tour, but to take care of John...yeah, I could go on about all of that.

Or, better yet, I could go on about all of you. The e-mails, the stories, the jokes, the offers of help: you Wreckies made us laugh and cry by turns, but most of all you made us feel like we had one big, snarky family pulling for us. If you'll forgive the gushiness for a moment - I promise we'll get back to poo jokes soon - please know that John and I will always be indebted to you for your kindness these past few days. You've shown us that you are not just our readers, you are our friends. I only hope we can thank each of you personally someday.

Today John is out of the hospital (wahoo!!) and recuperating in our hotel here in Dallas. We're still figuring out what's going to happen from here, and when we'll get to go home, but I believe a rescheduling of the missed events is in the works. So stay tuned. In the meantime, I'll do my best to keep the Wreckage coming. ;)

Thanks to Brooke W., Katie T., and David H. for letting me use/steal some of their photos.
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Tana said...

so glad to hear john is better! now excuse me while i die of bronwyn weber cake envy.

Bonnie said...

I'm so glad to hear that John is out of the hospital and so sorry that you guys had to go through all that. Cheers to all those who made your ordeal any easier and boos to those who made it more difficult. The part about those cab drivers made me tear up. Both of you get some rest and know that we'll be here sending hugs your way.

((((hugs))))((((hugs)))(((hugs)))

~bonnie b

beth said...

So, so sorry to hear about all of your troubles. Really hope John fully recovers soon, and that you can both get some much deserved rest. Your site keeps me laughing so much, and my 11yo daughter and I search for CakeWrecks every time we go to the grocery store! :) Love and prayers from Memphis, TN.

Jessica H said...

WAHOO for being out of the hospital!!! So happy for you both. Thank God that John knocked his noggin when he did. God works in mysterious ways!

Two more dumb jokes that I thought of:

What did the construction worker say to the wall?
"One more crack out of you and I'll plaster you."


Two ditch diggers were out working in rocky soil. The first ditch digger says, "Where's the shovel?" The second replies, "Sure does."

Goof said...

Yay glad t hear he's recovering!!

And despite Murpheys law hitting you two in the head, and more; you two were able to make the best of it.

((((HUGS)))) Love and Prayers

Lorraine said...

Best of luck to you both, dear. Glad everyone's doing better. Now take a deep breath and RELAX!

Samantha Suzuki Photography said...

Yeah for being out of the hospital. And if I promise to wash my hands and wear a mask and not bring my snotty nosed kids, will you add a So Cal date to that newly rescheduled tour? We'd love to see you (and we have nice hospitals here...ocean views, botoxed nurses and tan doctors, not that you'd NEED a hospital, just sayin'.)

Still praying for you both.

Morning Glory said...

I just got a note from BookPeople saying that you've rescheduled your Austin visit for this Saturday. Is that true? Are you really resuming your tour so soon?

wenx said...

Adding my "so glad you're doing OK!!!", etc. to everyone else's well-wishes :)

I also wanted to thank you for such an awesome book. I haven't had the chance to get more than 1/3 of the way through it yet, so far it rocks!!!! :)

However, the enjoyment your book & blog give me are only part of the reason I wanted to say "thanks". Another part is this: I got the book to give to my mom this weekend as a birthday present, because I know she'll get a kick out of it too :) She took a few cake decorating classes when I was very young, and made all my birthday cakes (and piano recital cakes, etc.) growing up.

The most important part of the "thanks", though, is that my grandmother passed away a few weeks ago, and my mother (and her siblings) spent 2 weeks with my gran in the hospital before she finally passed. It's been an emotional time for my family; so I can't wait to give your book to my mom and sit & laugh with her as I introduce her to your wonderful world of Cake Wrecks. It's gonna be great to see her enjoy it as much as I do.

So from the bottom of my heart: THANK YOU, Jen & John--and all of the rest of the Cake Wreck readers--for everything :)

~Wendi

elaine said...

Okay. Go home. The tour can wait. Get healthy and stay there.

Cheryl said...

I'm so relieved that John is out of the hospital - I was worried about you two! (I'm a nurse, so you can imagine where my mind was racing too - it goes best without saying, trust me.) Sounds like the over-all experience has been good for your "world" tour, and hopefully, it can be rescheduled when everyone feels better. Just stop John from pre-writing the posts! The Nostradomus of bloggers there - sheesh!

Sariah said...

I have been SO WORRIED. Seriously. I mean, to get this worked up over people I've never actually met, never corresponded with? I've been reading this blog for something like a year now, have friended you Facebook, and follow you on Twitter. (This isn't stalking, is it???) I feel like I *should* know you guys. Anyway, I'm so glad John is feeling so much better and things are still going so well for you guys. What would I do without my daily dose of CW???

I'm gushing. SORRY!! I'm such a dork. Hey, on your next tour do you think you could talk The Powers That Be into having a stop in Phoenix? Cuz that would be awesome. For me. :)

Anonymous said...

Selfishly, I am very sad that I won't be seeing you here in NYC today as planned; I was so looking forward to it! I am very happy to hear that everyone is on the mend and that a reschedule is in the works. Rest up and come see us soon!

The Black Dog said...

Jen, I'm so happy to hear that John is doing much better and that he is on his way back to good health. You're still loved here in DC and I can't wait until you and John are eventually able to make your way here.

Mirror Images said...

I don't know if I should laugh or cry (with you). I'm glad he's ok, and you're ok, but please - don't do this again!! I don't know if my heart can take it!

Brooke said...

Sitting here crying. So glad to hear John recovered from is ordeal. What a nightmare for both of you.

Jasry said...

Get-well wishes from a Missouri transplant down here at the TexMex border!! Gee, I lose computer access for a few days, and all heck breaks loose around here. I'll have to hunt up the boxes with my cake stuff in it and create a wreckplica in honor of John's recovery! {{HUGS}}

Ang and Mike said...

Although I know that God works in mysterious ways, I would never have guessed He would have gone the 'crack a head in a hotel bathroom' route:) Glad to hear that John is on the mend and that you'll be coming to Cincinnati;) maybe you can combine those personal thank yous with a 2nd world tour:)

PuckerTucker21 said...

Even in the face of destruction and pain you continue to post! Good for you! I would be in pieces if my hubby was in the hospital. We're all so glad to hear that he's doing better and wish you both the best recovery (because emotional recovery is tough too)!!!

Kate said...

OMG! That post made me all teary! I hope you make it home soon. There is just something about being in your own bed that helps recovery! Hugs to you both.

Anonymous said...

Obviously, keeping the snarky sense of humor is what's helping you get through all this!!

I'll say tehillim (psalms) for your husband's recovery and for everything to get back to wrecky normality for you as soon as possible.

Take care!!!

Ruth

NJS said...

That's quite an adventure. So glad you are both okay again :). Take plenty of time to fully recover... and eat lots of cake to help... especially ridiculously chocolaty or pumpkin with cream cheese frosting cakes (my personal favorites at the moment).

Anonymous said...

Get Well Soon John. We love you Jen!

Jenn in CA

Anonymous said...

SO glad to hear he's doing better and out of the hospital. Who knew a slippery bathroom would actually be the savior in catching that infection.

Whenever you get to NYC we'll be there with open arms. Take care of yourselves!

CitricSugar said...

Really happy to hear that John is on his way to recovery and that the world send you good wishes to surround you! I am sorry to have not sent a joke for recovery. Our standard practice in my family is to make fun of someone until they get better and I didn't feel we knew each other well enough to get away with that... However, if you can get past the complete wrongness of it all, I believe our sense of humour delivered us through my mum's battle with breast cancer (hilarious!!) especially when I made that joke one time about the bright side being mammograms only taking half as long (insert cheesy drum roll and cymbal clash), not to mention all the places the "cutlet" ended up.... A sense of humour can carry you through some of the worst things in life and thanks to you two, a great many people are a lot less sick than they could've been. (Probably not less incontinent, though....)

Bless you both and, John, may someone who's close to you make fun of you until you're better!

Kathleen said...

Did my part to help with the medical bills and got my copy of Cake Wrecks today at the local Barnes and Nobel. The sales people all love the book.

Laura Wynn said...

As much as I hate talking in 'text'...OMG. You are both amazing, and huzzah for blessings in disguise with that head bump. Glad everything is so much better!

Tari said...

Wahoo! So happy to hear John is back at your side. Take your time recovering--we snarky folks can wait a little longer.

Angela said...

More good thoughts coming your way. Best to you both!

Katie said...

I'm so glad to hear that John is doing better! It's funny how the internet can really make you feel like you know and care about people that you don't actually know, but I've been worried about y'all since this started. Thanks, Jen, for providing us with the story. I'd been wondering how the head wound was connected to the pneumonia and the blood infection.

A joke to aid further recovery:
What goes thumpthump ARRRR thumpthump ARRRRRRR?
A pirate falling down the stairs!

Word verification: trago. Tragedy to go! Much more interesting than your ordinary home troubles. It's a useful word right now!

Frances said...

So glad John's on the mend. I'll be thinking about you both!!!

Riley Joy said...

Wow, that sounds like it was scary! D: I'm glad that he's out of the hospital though!

And some marvelous (er, un-marvelous?) wreckage there!

Reluctant Kerry said...

A married couple were chatting as they golfed the back 9. The wife asked her husband, “So honey, if I died, would you re-marry?” The husband, used to such queries and half unconscious responded, “Well, yes, I suppose I would.” Mildly distressed, the wife asked, “Ok, would you let her live in our house?!” The husband replied, “Well, honey, I think I might, the house is paid for.” The wife then insists, “Surely you would not let her sleep in our bed!” He gives the same answer, “Well, I probably would, it is paid for.” The wife, growing perturbed demands, “Oh honey, tell me you would not let her put her dirty hands on my golf clubs!” Without thinking and nearly asleep he groans, “Of course I wouldn’t let her use her use your golf clubs. She’s left-handed.”

Janelle said...

What a crazy time you guys have had! I am SO glad John's out of the hospital and on the mend! Take good care of yourselves, okay?

Anonymous said...

Soooooooo happy to hear that ya'll are doing better! I have had you both in my thoughts and prayers. Hope you will be back in the Sunshine state soon!

Long time reader, possibly first time commentor
Leslee

Jules said...

Woohooo for John being sprung from the hospital! Hope you two are on the mend and getting plenty of rest! I think you both deserve a seriously good vacation after all of this (and I hope you get to take one). At the very least, maybe some cake ;)

Lindentree said...

Jen and John, I read your Twitter updates with my heart in my throat. I can only imagine!

I hope that in a few years you will look back on what an amazing/harrowing/terrifying adventure your book tour was...and laugh!

Rest up, and take care of yourselves.

Anonymous said...

wow this is almost like a horror movie wear each day it gets worse first its a cake wrecks "world" tour then they get sick and miss some days and now john cais in the hospital ill i hope is that this is the climax and things to turn around Jen my best wishes to you and John

jess said...

Jen,
I am so happy to hear that John is okay...and that you are feeling better too. :) yes I read your tweets. Looking at this website is the highlight of my day...and I cannot wait for the book. Take care! :)

Liz said...

I'm so glad things are looking up for you two! John- glad to hear you're feeling better!

JellyJo said...

Wow. What a story! That's just unbelievable. I mean, I believe you, but... well, you know what I mean. I'm so glad to hear that John is doing better. I've really been wondering about how things were going for you, and it's really great of you to fill us in. So many bloggers would just tend to their issues and leave us all hanging, and I think it's incredible how you've managed to keep us all posted with all that you've had to deal with. Thanks, and rest up, and have some cake! You guys deserve it!

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that John is on the mend and that all is well! You had us worried for a while, but I'm so glad that things turned out all right.
On a lighter note, you won't soon forget your first "wrecky" book tour! God Bless!

Alyssa said...

I am so glad to hear that John is out of the hospital and recovering. You can never say that this has been a boring book tour!

Send you and John lots of positive thoughts and (((hugs)))

Chris said...

So glad everything is ok! Have been thinking of you and spreading the word to friends to keep you in thoughts and prayers! Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

This might be the first CakeWrecks post that has made me cry. I'm glad you're resting in a hotel instead of a hospital (horrible place to have to recover in). I hope John continues to feel better.

MommyAmy said...

So glad John is ok and that you guys made it through that! Seriously, it's all uphill from here!!!

J.M.O. said...

I'm so glad to hear that John is doing better and out of the hospital! I'm so sorry!! Be sure to take care and take time to get better before you even consider rebooking those tour dates! :)
Hugs!
Jill

Anonymous said...

so glad hubs is out of the hospital!!!

Tori said...

so happy he's going to be ok!! great that you found out when you did. good luck with everything!!

Lucille Ball Jr. said...

wow that is quite a stop on tour!

lori said...

I'm so glad that all is well, now! Now you can take a deep breath, and then take some time to put your lives back in order...

Belle said...

WHAT AN ORDEAL! Happy to hear you are both recovering and well. Best Luck on the book sales and any further tours! Please, grab your poison pen and inform the Medical Board and anyone else you can think of about the treatment by the clinic staff. That is uncalled for! I am going to buy your book to help with the hospital bills, okay?

denise:) said...

Amazing show of support from strangers- i love how the taxi drivers rallied for you!
Best wishes for a speedy recovery-d;)

Elizabeth said...

YAY!!!!! So glad to hear you're both feeling better! John, you'd better listen to Jen and the doctors and rest up so you can get all the way better. :) Love the blog - I read it every day, and look back through the wrecks when I need a little stress relief and some laughs!

Faith said...

I'm so glad John's recuperating. And I'm so sorry you saw some of the worst of Dallas. :(

Brandy said...

the cab driver who spread the word about us, so that I had other drivers telling me they were praying for John,

Awww, that is just about one of the sweetest things I've heard in a while! People don't suck sometimes!

Glad to hear he is doing better!

JessieD said...

I am so glad John is getting better. I am sending good vibes and strength to the both of you.

(May I add, I am beyond impresssed that you are still posting! I would be curled in a ball under the bed by now!!)

Take it easy, and come back snarking!

bowlwoman said...

So glad he doing better, and you guys just take it easy and get John well! Austin is waiting, and we'll wait as long as necessary. :)

Jenn said...

Aww,

Your sweet message made me cry. I am SUPER happy you both are on the up and up! Please visit Boston sometime.

Love,
Jenn

Laura said...

Are there any cupcake wrecks?

Annie said...

I am so happy you are better guys!!! I just found out about the whole thing and I wish John fast and complete recovery!
Keeping fingers crossed for the world tour!

KCSB said...

YEAH! No more hospital! What a blessing to be bonked on the head. Take care of yourselves, first...we don't want to hear John had a relapse! Isn't it amazing how a crisis can make you realize just how good people can be! Will keep you in my prayers!

KCSB said...

YEAH! No more hospital! What a blessing to be bonked on the head. Take care of yourselves, first...we don't want to hear John had a relapse! Isn't it amazing how a crisis can make you realize just how good people can be! Will keep you in my prayers!

Anonymous said...

Whenever I hear about Americans getting ill it makes me worry as you don't have the advantage of the brilliant (almost free) healthcare system we have here in the UK, and I worry about insurance companies trying to weasel out of paying for healthcare.

Best wishes and hope for a speedy, cost-free recovery.

thecatsmeow said...

Wow...glad to hear you guys are on the road to recovery. Who'd have ever thought a whack on the head would wind up being lucky? Here's hoping any further wreckiness will be strictly confined to the cakes!

That chocolate one you posted a pic of is awesome, BTW...almost too pretty to eat, except for the fact that I can't resist chocolate!

feathergirl said...

That apron is to die for.

I'm glad John is out of the hospital. I hope his recovery involves cake.

Sarah said...

I've been reading your blog for about a year now, bought the tshirt and book and have told everyone I know about your site and what you do to brighten my days (even to suggest your site as a topic for an English essay on online communities), but this is the first time I've felt compelled to comment.

I was so upset to hear that John's health was so endangered, and that Jen was dealing with her own battles (with sickness and everything else). I've been praying nonstop for the both of you and that you are able to reschedule your tour.

You don't know how much your blog means to me, and hearing that you are not 100% well worries me as badly as if one of my best friends had fallen ill.

Take care, God bless, and get rest and recuperate!

Brigette said...

Glad John's been sprung! Sorry the weather isn't cooperating - this is VERY unlike October in Dallas, really truly. And once again - FEEL BETTER!

Nicole said...

So good to hear that things are looking up. Lots of love and prayers to you and your family!

half-bakedcake said...

Jen, my husband has a nasty cough (what we all called "the croup" growing up...expect it's related to la grippe and maybe the vapors). In addition, we went through a series of tragic losses in his family very recently, and I'm here to put forth the notion that there are few things worse than seeing the man you love in severe physical or emotional pain. I'm glad John's getting better, and that you're able to spend time hanging out with him and just enjoying being around him. I read in your book liner that you guys have 2 cats...we're big time cat people, and I know our kitties are sending out well-wishes to you guys, too. Well, Angus is just sitting on the couch asleep and drooling, but I'm sure he sends his love.

megan said...

glad john is out of the hospital! i'm so sorry you both had to go through all that scariness! i hope you get back home soon!

Andra O said...

I'm a relatively new reader and LOVE your site. Being in a Baking program adds a certain something to it as well. Anyways, I'm so glad to hear that things are going better for both of you.

Bunny said...

My goodness! The whole story really drives the point home! You two went through quite an ordeal, and I am so glad you weathered the storm! Proof of how tough you are, I say! Rest and heal, the both of you! You've earned it!

The Kirbys dance for your continued recovery!

<(^.^<) (>^.^)> <(^.^<) (>^.^)>

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that John is doing so much better. *hugs* to both of you.
I love your blog, it always brings a smile to my face, so thank you for all the effort you put in.

MollieJoy said...

Happy to hear that John is on the mend! :D

Thank you for making my day a little bit brighter with your wit and awesomeness.

Sparky said...

I understand the desire to thank us all personally, I do, but it's really not necessary. John's good health is thanks enough (cheesy but true.)

And anyway, no matter what kind of day we're having, we know all we have to do to feel a little better is click on over to Cake Wrecks. You've helped all of us through hard times, whether it's the death of a relative or not having the money to pay the electric.

So you're welcome, I suppose, if that's what you want to hear... But most of us, and I think I'm speaking accurately here, feel indebted to YOU guys still.

I guess that's what friendship is, though. Saying thank you when the other person feels they're the one that should be grateful.

Carrie said...

Glad John is doing better!!!!! Hope you're okay too! Good luck!!!! :)

Rachel J said...

I am so glad that John is on the mend! I read cakewrecks every day, but I began obsessivly checking the site once you said that he had a staph infection and was getting worse. I had an extremely rare and vicious staph infection when I was 5 and thanks to the amazing doctors, nurses, family, friends, and God, I survived and only lost my left leg. Those infections can be terrible and tear though the body before you know it. So although I have never met you or John (even though I feel like I have), I found myself seriously concerned about him. I can now breathe a sigh of relief as I'm sure y'all are!

p.s. I hope to see y'all on your next tour! I'm in between your extended Dallas stop and Austin in Houston (4th largest city!). I'll be the one waving as you pass by

Humi said...

So glad to hear he is feeling better! I think after all of this you both deserve a vacation. I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say that we would endure a short Cake Wrecks hiatus if it meant that the two of you could rest and recuperate safely! You've both brought smiles to our faces and laughter on a hard day many times over, such great people should be praised!

-Humi, a loyal reader in Virginia

mariethea said...

That does sound like a blessing in disguise--glad everything is getting better now! (just be sure to finish the antibacterial regimen) that's some serious stuff :)

Aly said...

Oh my goodness! What a slew of crazy events! So glad things are settling down now & John is on the mend.

how is it that a post about so much serious stuff still has humor to it? You really are talented Jen.
take care!

Anonymous said...

One of my all-time favorite jokes:


A bear walks into a bar in Billings, Montana and sits down. He bangs on the bar with his paw and demands a beer
The bartender approaches and says, "We don't serve beer to bears in bars in Billings.
The bear, becoming angry, demands again that he be served a beer.
The bartender tells him again, more forcefully, "we don't serve beer to belligerent bears in bars in Billings."
The bear, Very angry now says, 'If you don't serve me a beer right now, I'm going to eat that lady sitting at the end of the bar.'
The bartender says, 'Sorry we don't serve beer to belligerent, bully bears in bars in Billings.'
The bear goes to the end of the bar and, as promised, eats the woman. He comes back to his seat and again demands a beer.
The bartender states, 'Sorry, but we especially don't serve beer to belligerent, bully bears in bars in Billings who are on drugs."
The bear looks at him Quizzically and says,
'I'm not on drugs
The bartender says
You are now.
That was a barbitchyouate"!

Anonymous said...

It does not sound quite right to say that I am so happy that John hit his head...but I surely am!

Thank you for the update. We've never met but my heart was aching for both of you as sure as if we were neighbors. I am so relieved to hear the good news.

Kathleen

CookieMonster said...

Oh, my, word! What a story! I'm all misty-eyed. Thanks for filling us all in. I'm glad things are all right now.

Mandy said...

God bless you, Jen & John.

Anonymous said...

Wow. What a wild ride. I'm so happy to hear that things are looking up. You and John keep taking good care of each other :-)

-Julie

Lindsey said...

Glad things are taking a turn for the better! Sending loads and loads of hugs and warm fuzzies your way! :)
-side note- when you start planning your next tour... which of course will have to happen because you're just too cool! ... I really would be okay if Utah were on the list... :)
Again... virtual hugs for you!!

AlisonH said...

John, your guardian angel must read your blog to have picked up on that same sense of humor. Heh. "Whistling 'How Great Thou Art'" after bonking your head like that.

SO glad to hear you're doing so well. And wow on the cabdrivers, Jen. Many, many prayers were and are still being said for you both, including mine.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for updating us in today's post. My entire family has been thinking of you and wishing you well. I am so happy to hear that John is out of the hospital. But take it easy - give yourself time to really recover.
Hey, when you reschedule your book tour please consider adding Philadelphia to the list.
- Shannon

Pip said...

So I'm sitting in my Editing class tonight, browsing CW (I'm a long-time lurker, and it's a slow class). And I look up as my prof says "and here is why you need to know proper grammar" -

It a Gril.

Ten slides of Cake Wrecks followed. He got all the really glorious ones - Falker Satherhood, Under Neat That, the computer-printed nightmare, the Weeding cake. Your influence is further-reaching than I'd ever imagined...

Keep up the good work, and I'm glad you guys are both feeling better!

Pam said...

So thankful to hear that John's out of the hospital and recovering nicely. God is good.
Thanks for all the laughter, sometimes to the brink of falling out of my chair, and joy that you bring into my days. I love your blog, and sure do wish you could have made it to the Cincinnati/Dayton Ohio area on your tour.
Your book is great! I read it cover to cover in about an hour yesterday.

VLM said...

I'm so glad John is doing better! You guys take care!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear John is feeling better! Reading your blog is one of the bright spots in my day! My kids beg me to "go to Cake Wrecks" on a daily basis for them. Hope you both take it easy.

If you do another book tour, please consider coming to Grand Rapids, MI, home to some wonderful independent bookstores and a longtime American Culinary Federation-accredited culinary arts school. Would love to have you stop here. --Kristen

Alison said...

Yeah!!!! I am so glad that all of our prayers were answered. You are like friends. John, may your recovery be speedy and leave you better than before.
I am sure that all of your friends and family of wreckies would agree, the tour can wait. The best things in life are in fact worth waiting for.

Kristin said...

So glad that John is doing better (and presumably you are too)!

Susan said...

Super glad you got sprung from the hospital John!!!

WV: somorron: Glad somorron sent you to the hospital so you could get the right care at the right time!

norby said...

Gee whiz, you two. Talk about a lucky knock on the head for sure!

Glad to hear John is recuperating-hope his recovery is quick and painless and you're both home (or back on tour) quickly!

Natalie said...

I love a happy ending! We're all blessed to be on this earth together.

Juliet said...

I am so glad to hear that John is feeling better. My thoughts have been with you both.

Kristin said...

Woohooo!! So glad John is out of hospital! I hope the rest of his recovery is speedy :)

Exmouth, Western Australia, is ready for you to give your personal thanks anytime ;)

The Quirky Confectioner said...

am so relieved to hear John is going to be okay. Sounds like he had a very lucky escape.
I couldn't belive the way you were treated at the first clinic. I am appalled that they would turn away someone with a head injury. To me that breaks most of the ethical rules of medicine. New blog... "Clinic Wrecks" just a thought

Shu said...

I am very glad he is feeling better... please give your man a hug from yet another worried wreckie!

Helsyd said...

what a relief that John is now out of hospital - I hope you are back on tour soon!

Michelle said...

Yea! That was sooo awesome!!

Mauiboo said...

This is the first time at this web site & now I'm in LOVE with it.You have done a fabulous job here & I can't wait to do more reading,looking & laughing!!!
I will be praying for your John.(he needs to get completely well not just "I'm feeling a little better" NO it has to be "Wow! I feel like my old self again maybe even better!"believe me I really do know from experience)& Jen my dear you need to go to the spa a few times & get pampered the right way,go all out for YOU! Get a massage,facial,medi/pedi,hell get everything on your beautiful body rubbed down & just relax.You deserve it! I'm sure that one of your fans/friends will be more than happy to make sure John is doing well & let you DESTRESS!!So I hope you are going to do the spa thing.(I was afraid to have a massage,it was the undress & wear this robe part that I had a hard time with I keep my panties on made it easier, but the first time will have you coming back for more!)
So in closing God is with you & prayers are being said. It may take some time, being that sick will take a lot of time, but John needs to think of him first!
If you get the World Tour 2 anywhere near Northern California I will be the first in line!!
Much love always,Beckie/Mauiboo

Mauiboo said...

This is the first time at this web site & now I'm in LOVE with it.You have done a fabulous job here & I can't wait to do more reading,looking & laughing!!!
I will be praying for your John.(he needs to get completely well not just "I'm feeling a little better" NO it has to be "Wow! I feel like my old self again maybe even better!"believe me I really do know from experience)& Jen my dear you need to go to the spa a few times & get pampered the right way,go all out for YOU! Get a massage,facial,medi/pedi,hell get everything on your beautiful body rubbed down & just relax.You deserve it! I'm sure that one of your fans/friends will be more than happy to make sure John is doing well & let you DESTRESS!!So I hope you are going to do the spa thing.(I was afraid to have a massage,it was the undress & wear this robe part that I had a hard time with I keep my panties on made it easier, but the first time will have you coming back for more!)
So in closing God is with you & prayers are being said. It may take some time, being that sick will take a lot of time, but John needs to think of him first!
If you get the World Tour 2 anywhere near Northern California I will be the first in line!!
Much love always,Beckie/Mauiboo

Lori said...

Wow, what a nightmare! So glad everything is better!

LA said...

SO glad that John is ok!
on a side note: you can always tell when youve arrived in Texas cuz half the people are so huge :( its so sad. PS: i live in texas and i'm a dietitian and rabid baker :) so its not meant as an insult. its just true.

Anonymous said...

Soooooo when are you selling the movie rights to this story? Or writing the book about the book tour?

Chey said...

I'm so glad to hear John's out of the hospital and recovering!! That sounds like some really scary stuff he went through, and thank gods it didn't get worse. You give us laughter and smiles every day, I'm just glad that, even if it was in the form of bad jokes and good thoughts, we were able to give something back.

Here's hoping that when the (much less chaotic) World Tour 2 rolls around, I'll be able to come to it!

heather (errantdreams) said...

Oh wow. I'm not religious, but it really seems like something or someone was looking out for you & John, and I'm so relieved he's okay. Hugs & best wishes to both of you.

By the way, your book arrived just in time to cheer my husband up from his own family illness worries (for a little while there they thought his mother had pneumonia too---thankfully not). Every time things got tough I handed him the book again and they got a little easier. Thank you. =)

Chris, Gina and Hunter said...

I cried reading this post. I can completely empathize with your situation, Jen. I am so glad you were there for John when he needed you and that he got the care he so desperately needed. From the taxi drivers to the nurses to the readers, you are cared for by a lot of people. This is not just about a blog! Thank you for sharing your story.

Jacq said...

This post is so sweet, and I am very happy to hear that John is on the mend.

Sue said...

Hurrah! So glad John's better. Perhaps one day you can do a "world" tour over here in England!!

Best wishes to you both. I wish I had a poo joke I could share but I can't think of one now. And I'm supposed to be working....

Kinipayla said...

*breaths sigh of relief* Thank God that you are out of the hospital and doing much better John. I'm so glad to hear that you are going to be ok.

Anonymous said...

I am glad he is feeling better.

Fyrebird said...

I'm so glad to hear that John is on the mend and that you carried on through Jen.

I love Cake Wrecks to pieces and think you have a wonderful blog. All the best to both of you on the next rescheduled parts of the tour!

Xowie said...

Oh I am so pleased that John is out of the hospital.

I'm sorry that it's been such a trying time for you guys. Here's to a speedy recovery for John and some lovely band aids for you emotional fractures. They have magical sticking qualities so, when the fractures heal, you'd never know they were there in the first place.

Much, much love and thank you for being such a trooper. xXx

Patty O'Chair said...

So glad everything is working out and it is fantastic that you're able to reschedule the missed dates. I'm no stranger to medical emergencies turning into those blessings in disguise... so I'm going to quote Sophia from the "Golden Girls"-

"Why do blessings wear disguises? If I were a blessing, I'd walk around naked!"

Thanks for the updates and many more get-completely-well wishes for you both.

that girl down south said...

I'm so happy to hear he will make it! I've been thinking about you two since it started.

*gemmifer* said...

You two are the BEST! What an incredible ordeal John went through, and you by association. I am so relieved that he's feeling better and that you're back on the road. I wish you a relatively drama-free remainder of the tour!

thechenster said...

Oh my goodness! I'm happy to hear that John is doing better, and I'll be rooting for a full recovery. I wish you both the best!

alisaz said...

So happy to hear John is out of the hospital, I was really worried about you guys.. World tour! World Tour!! Just think of how many things could possibly go wrong and turn out oooh so right if you went through this in, oh let's say, Taiwan!!! dooo iiiiittt....

Anne said...

Wow... thank goodness he hit his head!

I'm really glad he's out now and ok, and the many, many raindances and prayers and good energy and etcs that people sent from all over might have helped, and really, fair play to you both (and all) for continuing the tour after all this!

I really hope you've had all the bad luck you can possibly have by this stage, and the rest of the tour runs as smoothly as icing with too much water in it all over the top of the cake, in best Wreck style! (with sprinkles)

Anonymous said...

Hope he is feeling better now! How scary.

-Christina

Susania said...

God bless you both!!! What a scary time to go through, especially being away from home!

Joy Carder said...

Holy scariness. I'm glad John is doing better, you two take care and your wreckies will be waiting for when you are both well enough to get back.

Chardit said...

Jen, my father nearly died from the same infection. It was touch and go for him - we were ready to say goodbye when finally the antibiotics kicked in. So glad, he's better.

Dark Truth said...

Sending you and John lots of hugs! So glad he is feeling better!

Shawty said...

You make it up to us with the blog, and the amazing thank you! So glad that everything turned out all right... Have fun and get better John!

Glory von Hathor said...

I'm quite tardy with the wishes of wellness here but hope John gets well soon. It must have been a very scary bump on the head for you to not make an Epcot joke. But glad it got him sent off to hospital in time.

MMTyler said...

I do love Texas, they do have a special kind of "friendly" that I'm glad provided you some comfort during your terribly scary adventure. I'm so relieved John's feeling better! My best wishes still go to you both!

Louise W. said...

I have been a cake-wreck fan for a long time now, though I've never commented! I just wanted to say that I am so glad John is on the mend, and to take your time healing! Thanks for your commitment to your fans!

I love Cake Wrecks!

Marjorie said...

Glad John is recovering. I've not checked your blog for a few days so had no idea this was all going on.

Very bestr wishes to you both.

Shelly said...

I am just catching up on my Cake Wrecks for the week (I've been in and out of the hospital myself for the last month), so just read this post.

I am so glad to hear that John is out of the hospital. I hope that he is on his way to a speedy recovery.

Take it easy, John. Enjoy all the doting you can get - you know it won't last once you're well!

Lisa said...

I too have been away from the computer and only just read this. I am so glad to hear that John is out of the hospital, and amazed at the massive outpouring of kindness from strangers. I teared up reading about the cab drivers. Both of you will be in my thoughts. Get some rest and don't worry about the tour. Anyone who would be there would much rather have the two of you in good health rather than trying to suck it up for the sake of the tour. {{{hugs}}} for you both.

Lisa

scrappin{jewlz} said...

oh, my gosh! sounds like you have been spending way to much time with Murphy..!

Glad to hear that John is out of the hospital and feeling better!

Amy D. said...

Sending love and best wishes to you both!

Natalie said...

Wow! That's a lot of disastrous stuff that happened! I am so glad that John recovered okay. And thanks for getting "back to business" so quickly after all of this! I love reading this blog.

ellaelise said...

Oh my... I always read your blog & Twitter, but never comment. I read this post and got misty-eyed, and then saw John's comment and lost it. I am so, so, sorry that you both went through that, but so, so, so, so, so happy that things are looking up. Please (both of you!) rest & relax before taking on the world again... pneumonia is very serious and needs to be treated as so.

Much love & well-wishes to you both.

Anonymous said...

As the daughter of a nurse, thank you for mentioning nurses and their kindness. And best wishes for John's swift recovery!

Lisa Harrigan said...

I only drop by occasionally and just heard about your John. Sounds like my Harold. He got sick a major blood infection on the First Day of an around the USofA trip we were planning. So here we are in Denver, and my husband collapses out of the bed and can't stand up again.
Yep, major MRSA infection. And yes, he is better now.
Just remember, to give him lots of time to get his strength back. This will take months for him to recover.
And remember to give yourself time to breathe. He's ok now on the road to recovery and you need your energy too.
*hugs* to everyone.

Iron Chef Kosher! said...

It was by sheer coincidence that I decided to log onto you today - & I am glad I can therefore add my prayers to everyone else's! While I still look forward to seeing you in Bethesda, I refuse to hold you to it.

KingfisherBlue said...

Hi Jen

I am so sorry to hear about John being so poorly - my husband was taken seriously ill (again!) in May last year and it's quite a ride. It's so good to see that he's on the mend again. I'm thinking of you here over the pond.

The wrecks that everyone is coming up with as you go around your tour are brilliant and have me crying with laughter!

Best wishes to you both
Michelle x x

Anonymous said...

Hope you and your husband are doing better and I hope he's quickly regaining strength! As for some laughter, here's a gem a little child told a friend of mine...

Q: What's blue and smells like red paint?
A: BLUE PAINT.

Honeysugar said...

hi, did you really like that dress??? l have those fabrics on my stash do you want one of those??? Silvia

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