Monday, February 28, 2011

Matt Roloff Unplugged

Thank goodness there are no dramatic trips to the hospital to report about this last weekend. Matt couldn’t wait to unplug  himself from the 48 hour monitor he was hooked up to. Actually Jacob was the lucky one who got to help ‘rip off’ the contacts. Hope Matt didn’t lose too many layers of skin on that deal—Ouch.

Many people have suggested to Matt to take it easy and relax and he is very grateful to everyone who has expressed their concern and shared their personal health stories. Matt told me that he is taking many of your suggestions to heart and wants you to know that he does take the time to relax and wind down in the evenings. Although I do think, especially when Matt is on the farm, he will always find work to be done, meetings to conduct, paperwork to go over and phone calls that need to be made. 

Currently, the dirt project takes quite a bit of his attention because it doesn’t keep business hours. But neither does the production planning he has going on or stool kit manufacturing, or apparently his political interests. Keep an eye out for some more on OR House Bill 2344. When he said he had 14 focus areas I am not sure, but I think he may have under counted. And speaking season has definitely begun. Personally, I don’t know if I would like traveling as much as Matt does (several days a month just with the speaking engagements). That is just too many hours on airplanes and too many days in hotel rooms for me. But he really enjoys moving around the country talking to people and sharing his stories. Tonight he is excited because he’s speaking for a local organization in downtown Portland. No travel time there, perfect.

Don’t be too disappointed that Matt didn’t spend his weekend lounging in front of the television. He did carve out some social time with Amy on Saturday night and on Sunday morning he had breakfast with his folks (Ron & Peggy Roloff) who just returned from an extended trip in Thailand where they were helping protect the lives of young village girls and prevent them from being swept into human traffiking.  I talked to Peggy this morning and she and Ron are happy to be home and running errands around town. They were at a follow up doctor’s appointment to check on Peg’s leg that she had some swelling trouble with while in Thailand. Their next mission was to find some compression socks in downtown Hillsboro. Hope your leg is back to normal soon Peg!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Last Nights Emergency Room Adventure

I have to say that I was surprised this morning to see that Matt had shared Roloff World blog with his facebook friends. He didn't let me know he was going to do that, or even that I had a green light at all, but it works for me and I'm not complaining. I want to emphasize to readers that the stories I share are from my perspective based on conversations, observations and information I come across. Of course I do have to have some cooperation from the subject of these stories or this would not even be possible, but again, the perspectives and opinions are mine and to that I want to be abundantly clear.

So now what? Well he did say that he would tell you more about his visit to the emergency room last night...

Usually Matt see his glass half full, but sometimes even he can feel like his glass has a hole in the bottom. He gives the impression that he thrives when he has multiple balls in the air and projects galore to focus on, and for the most part this is true. Yet, even for him sometimes things become a bit too much. That’s the way it appeared yesterday at lunch anyway.


No one wants to be seen as vulnerable, and Matt is no exception. But I think the prospect of the stress and other heart tests that were scheduled yesterday was wearing heavy on his mind. “If I don’t survive, I want to be cremated” is what he said. Dramatic, you bet, after all this is Matt Roloff. But I could hear the thread of sincerity in his voice too. He was visibly tired and not feeling well and although he'd prefer to focus on his dirt deal, it was not happening. He had a 1pm meeting at the farm before he headed off to his tests that afternoon, I told him to at least try and relax before his tests.

When Matt got in his car to leave, a fan that was also in the restaurant followed us out and wanted to chat with him. I had begun to walk away as Matt got into his car when the man walked around to stand within his open door. He was excited to talk to Matt and seemed to have something specific he wanted to share. Knowing that Matt was truly not feeling well, I was wondering if I should try to step in, but no. Matt graciously talked with him for several minutes and the man left smiling ,not having any idea that he had encountered Matt on a very off day.

At 4pm Matt had been at the hospital for an hour and I was thinking that hopefully the most uncomfortable parts of his tests were behind him and tomorrow he will have the pep back in his step and he will be back up to his eyeballs in dirt. Well that was the idea anyway...

Later in the evening the doctor called Matt to let him know that there was something not right with his (my words, obviously I am not a medical professional) blood work on his lungs. He wanted to schedule Matt to come into radiology for a scan. When Matt told him that his chest was a little heavy and he had some burning sensation too, The doctor changed plans to sooner rather than later and with Jeremy at the wheel, back to the hospital he went. By midnight the scan was complete, showing nothing. I think this is a good thing, because he doesn't have a blood clot or something worse looming in there, but Matt remains frustrated by not having an answer to what is going on.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Matt has only dirt on his mind...

Well I guess it wasn't the best weekend to go rogue on this blog. I didn't think about how focused he would be on his dirt project. He worked dirt all weekend and spent the day working dirt today. He did briefly mention possibly doing a blog on FB last night, but so far, no time to talk more about it. He is beyond knee deep in dirt and that is all he is thinking about. I will keep trying to get a minute of his time and a speck of his focus.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Here I go...my first Roloff World post

For months now I have been trying to talk Matt Roloff into doing a blog. No positive response…he digs his heals in, hems and haws. He is sincerely resistant and I am not sure I can win him over on the idea. He tells me that he isn’t a blogging type of guy. But I disagree. He loves posting on his facebook and interacting with his fans, which, by the way, I talked him into doing too. Now look at him, going on 40,000 fans and having a great time. Let me say, I'm not asking him to slack on his facebook, FB really is the perfect way for him with his busy schedule to reach out and say hi to the people who follow him. I just think there is so much more that can be said on a blog, longer stories, more detail. To that he responded with a wide grin and said “but I like short stories” …Funny Matt, but we’ll see.

So this is what I did… Last August I put this blog together, no posts or anything, just the framework. I didn’t share it with Matt, I just sat on it, not knowing exactly when or even if I would reveal it. To be honest, I had to figure out if I wanted to invest the time and effort it would take and I wondered if I was really up to it. And like I said, Matt is not necessarily keen on blogs so I knew it may be uphill from the start.

My idea now is that I will share from my perspective about things I come across or observe. Matt and I don’t always agree so it may get interesting. I also think it would be fun to occasionally have Matt, Amy, one of the kids or a staffer guest blog with some inside scoop on what it is like to live and work in the eye of Roloff hurricane. Maybe a story or two from Camerino? Not sure if I could make that happen, he is a man of few words, but soooo funny. I also want to tackle some of those burning questions that I have and I know others do too. Like will Jeremy and Zach ever move out and what does Matt really think about it? Or how about the "Reality" debate?

Rocky is always a popular topic. Remember one of the last episodes of LPBW, poor Rocky, getting long in the tooth…No worries, he is doing alright for an old dog who will eat just about anything. That was (and sometimes still is) his problem, GAStrointestinal, heavy on the “GAS” if you know what I mean. Whewwww, Rocky! Go outside to do that, Ugh. Rocky makes himself very popular during pumpkin season. He wanders around and loves up on all the guests. I don’t think it is any surprise that his favorite place to hang out is the food court. Last year, I thought he would eat himself into a coma. Rocky, you are a big relentless mooch. He makes it so hard for people not to feed him. He is so cute with his big droopy eyes and that slobbery smile. When Rocky stands there, looks at you and nudges you with his big square head, you’re a goner. I’d say next year strap a sign around his neck, “Don’t Feed Rocky” but, really, I don’t think it would work. He’s a master.

Okay so that leads us to now. Here I am, still sitting on this thing. My conversation with Matt has been one step forward, two steps back, but in spite of that, between the lines, I think I am making progress. I can see that he is somewhat onboard, but is still very concerned that it will take to much of his time and he isn’t sure what he would talk about consistently because a lot of what he is up to can’t be talked about in detail, at least not until the ink is dry on the deal. Blah, Blah Blah...I don’t know, he could be right, but I think we have to see how it develops and I think I can keep things fresh coming from my perspective. So this is me going a little rogue. I’m taking a bit of a chance by dragging Matt kicking and screaming into the blogosphere.  My plan is to post this and see if I can get a green light. If I don’t, it will most likely go unseen, if I do, then he can share Roloff World blog with his FB fans and we are off and running. Wish me luck.