So my regular followers know by now my mom was lifeflighted over a week ago from her VERY rural home to the nearest large hospital due to a heart attack and complications from preexisting heart/lung disease. (If you didn’t, you do now 🙂 )
I’ve been here with her since Thursday morning-taking night shift at the hospital so my dad can go home to the farm, get some rest and do what needs to be done.
You’d think a body might catch a break when some giant life-altering event like this happens. But NOOOOOOO!
In the week plus a day since Mama has been hospitalized we have had (not really, but sorta) funny one [#unblessed] moment after another.
Last Friday morning, following my dad to the hospital, he did the same sliding “stop” at a stop sign turning right onto an access road that he’s done every time he goes this way for 20 years. But this time-you guessed it!– a very enthusiastic and attentive LEO saw him and pulled his old red farm truck over.
Following behind, I’ll just be honest, more than one salty word slipped out as I anticipated the worst possible outcome in case fatigue and stress prompted Papa to tell the officer what’s what. Thankfully, it didn’t come to that and after running the plates and license the cop let him go. [#unblessed]
Sunday I came to the farm by myself for the first time and left Papa at the hospital. He had remembered to give me a house key and I had carefully put it in my purse.
Got inside-no problem.
I needed to add clothes to a load in the washer and stepped out on the porch to toss them in. Being the well-trained daughter I am, I shut the house door behind me. Locked myself out of the house.
No car keys.
Everyone down this way was in church.
So I did the only thing I could do. I put on an old pair of Papa’s boat shoes (after checking for spiders) and hoofed it the two miles to my uncle’s house so he could give me the spare key. At midday. In the Florida sun. No one stopped to ask if I needed a ride. [#unblessed]
Tuesday I thought I was being very innovative in getting my critical daily medicine prescriptions filled at the local pharmacy HERE since I didn’t bring a sufficient supply from home. Called CVS and it was a breeze except for one hiccup. A single script was out of refills so I had to call my doctor and ask for an emergency 14 day supply to be sent. Nurse took the message, said she’d get it done. That was at 11:15. I head to the pharmacy about 3:00 to pick everything up. Two are ready but the one from the doctor isn’t.
Thinking that there had been a snafu-they might have called it in without thinking to my pharmacy back home-I telephone the office only to be told that the doctor was going to do it this time, but that because he wanted me to do a follow-up appointment (which I had cancelled but forgot to reschedule), he was basically doing it under duress. (Even though this is a “don’t you dare stop it suddenly” medicine and I told the nurse my mom was lifeflighted to the hospital with a heart attack).
All the fight was out of me. I “yes ma’amed” my way through that phone call and said “thank you so much”. The nurse waited until the minute before their office closed to fax the script just because she could. [#unblessed]
They are trying to move the fluid off my mom’s heart and lungs with aggressive IV diuretics. She had one round Tuesday but by Wednesday morning her potassium was so low we had to bring that back up before the next round. Well, the next round started at 6:30 Wednesday night. (For those of you who don’t know about these things, IV diuretics mean trips to the bathroom about every 20-30 minutes.) Yep! All night long, me and Mama made that three foot trek from the bed to the potty-unhooking oxygen, unplugging the IV pole (it won’t hold a battery charge) and carefully moving her fragile self twice an hour until about 3:30 in the morning. Apparently cardiologists figure that if they are on 24 hour call, patients should be too. [#unblessed]
Heading home Thursday morning after little sleep on Wednesday night, I see blue lights behind me. I check my speed. Within the limit. I’m talking on the cell but not texting. I have no idea why I’m being pulled over.
License and registration. He tells me that the tag I have on my truck comes back to the Toyota Camry we own.
Now, you have to understand our family has many vehicles and they issued new tags this year. I didn’t pay close enough attention when taking them outside to put them on and got them mixed up. But “switching” tags is a serious offense. And then, OF COURSE, I had not put the new insurance card in the glove compartment-it was floating in my purse. (Thankfully I found it.) For about 10 minutes my heart was racing although I had already decided that if I got off with a ticket I’d pay it without blinking an eye. He did let me go but I’m convinced he thought I was a crazy woman who should have known better [#unblessed]
Today, I tried to get my injectable RA medicine shipped to the same pharmacy since my shot is due tomorrow. Went through the whole routine of getting the shipment set up and find out the earliest they can get it here is NEXT Thursday. When I probably won’t be here at all. [#unblessed]
I’m sitting here in my parents’ home, typing and taking a break. Because my oldest son may be here tomorrow. See, the largest, strongest and potentially deadliest hurricane is headed either for his home on the east side of Florida or for us here in the western panhandle-but we are further inland. My truck is stocked with bottled water and other supplies “just in case”. We don’t know if Mama will be released before Irma gets here or not but we’ll be OK. Who would have thought? It figures. [#unblessed]
Each incident adds stress to the system but none are really all that traumatic.
Because when you’ve buried a child, nothing short of death really rocks your world very much.
And I’ve learned to laugh (once the adrenaline wears off)-because if I don’t, I’ll just cry.