Sunday, March 25, 2012
Ever have an experience that is trying enough at the time, but later you HAVE to think Jehovah (God) was watching out for you?
Last Tuesday I drove my daughters ancient (1996 I think) Sentra to work as always. I noted when I left home that I would need to stop for gas on the other end...I had just over a quarter of a tank. It is a 50 min. drive to work. This is routine.
About 10 min. from home on the highway, I began to think I was smelling gas fumes...thought it odd.
Then I looked at the gas gauge...BELOW EMPTY!!! WHAT???????? I made it over the next big hill..chugging a little...and headed for the very next exit with many prayers for safety.
Put in 20$ worth of gas...and headed out again. Was surprised that it only put the gauge back to where I started. Odd. Should have gone further than that! Gas odor still strong. I am so dumb! But I wouldn't have known what to check anyway.
I continue on the highway and make it to the gas station I had intended to go to in the first place...and am again riding below empty. I call my daughter and as I am getting out of the car, notice a puddle...look under the car and the puddle is from the Sentra...dripping. I still don't get it. I put more gas in the car...intending to drive on to her house (doubly stupid now!), but she says NO, park it and she will come get me. So I pull the car over to the grocery store parking lot next door. When she gets there, we roll up the windows (stupid!) and leave. I had been sitting with the doors open while I waited, enjoying the sunshine and breeze. As I get out of the car, I notice the carpet on the floor board is wet...GASOLINE IN the car!! We are in a hurry because she has a photoshoot in just a few minutes. We'll deal with it later.
DD calls her husband when we get home. HE asks if we left the windows open so the fumes could escape...we hadn't. We now realize how dangerous this is...car could ignite from the heat and fumes. (It is now about lunch time so car has been sitting for several hours.) I call AAA to have the car towed to mechanic. THEY won't touch it till the fire department has a look and tells them it is safe. One spark and things could ignite.
We call the fire dept nearest the grocery. THEY won't come..it is actually in next county. We hunt for the correct number and end up calling the Sheriffs Dept. to find out who to call. Call Emergency Management...get transferred several times and finally get Dispatch. Yes, they will be glad to have a look..am I with the car? No..but will be there in 15 - 20 min. Andrew decides he needs to potty...more than just pee (we are nearing the end of the potty training efforts so it is important to heed this call!).
20 min later, Andrew and I are back to the Sentra...I open the doors to both cars and let the wind blow through. Andrew climbs all over his mom's car, pushing buttons and adjusting EVERYthing. We wait and wait. Finally after an hour, I call the dispatch again, get someone else this time. He says they had been out but noone showed up so they left (thanks a lot!). They could see there had been some kind of leak but it was OK to move the car.
Now I call AAA back and arrange the tow. 20 min to an hr. They say. We walk to the grocery and get Andrew a cookie. Back to the car. Don't want to miss the tow. AAA calls TWICE ..nope, not there yet. Finally an hour and a half after I initiated the service call, the guy shows up, hooks up the car and in maybe five minutes is gone again!!! Andrew loved seeing the process but was not happy about the loud machinery of the winch.
Today (Sunday) DD and her husband ran into their mechanic at KH between mtgs) He had initially told them the car was not worth salvage..just junk it. (it has four brand new tires on it!) BUT today he told them he had discovered that there was a pencil tip size hole chewed in the gas line...THAT is what caused all this trouble... a MOUSE (or squirrel). He says that if the mouse had chewed an electric wire, too, the car would have exploded. He mentioned the fumes issue, too...it SHOULD have exploded sitting in the heat in the parking lot for several hours....with gasoline on the floorboards and no ventilation. Temps were in the mid 80s that day. Yikes! It was also a wonder I didn't get sick from all those gas fumes.
So, now the verdict is that the car is fine except for the interior and the gas line (not hard to fix that apparently). It will need the headliner removed and the carpet all pulled up...the gasoline ate all the adhesives. The seats will need replacing also (I don't know the why of that part). I don't know whether they will decide to repair it and keep it on the road or not. Guess that will be decided soon. The mechanic feels all the carpet that is gasoline soaked is too dangerous to have in his shop, so it is sitting in a pile in the field near his shop.
In the meantime, I am considering how grateful I am that of the things that COULD and even SHOULD have happened, none did. I can get in and out of this small car, but had it been an emergency, I would have had a hard time. Had the gas or fumes on the floor of the car ignited, my pants would probably have ignited, too. I doubt I could have gotten out. I should not have been able to get to the gas station once..never mind TWICE! The car didn't ignite on the road or when I restarted it at the gas station either time. What if I had been a smoker!!! (I am not!) The many "what if" scenarios are all pretty frightening.
I reflect now on all those things and give thanks to Jehovah...he truly must have been holding my right hand that day.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Home from the third day of the Regional Building Committee remodel project. It is the second weekend of work there, but I was not asked to be there last week. DH and I have worked three days and tonight are sure feeling it all over. It is amazing how sore you can get from walking and standing. I wish I had tracked my walking on Friday...it was much like yesterday so was probably around 11 miles. Today, finish up and clean up for this weekend with DH doing much of the escort walking this morning, I walked 7.41 miles. That is over 18 miles in two days...probably around 28 miles in all three days. MORE than a marathon! (walked of course, not run). BTW..7.41 miles is 19006 steps.
Weather has been remarkably cooperative...Many of us have sunshine faces...a few folks have gotten unfortunate sunburns. There were 234 volunteers on site today (if I remember that number exactly right..if not, it is close.) Folks have traveled from as far away as Memphis to volunteer their time and expertise (at their own expense) for this project.
It is such a wonderful experience to be part of it all...and to know there are other such projects ongoing all over the world. Celeste', I am thinking of YOU, too, as we share this experience...wish we could be working together!
We have had to be there at different times each day...and it is a 45 minute drive from home to the site. We had daylight savings Spring Forward time change last night. I startled awake at 4:06 am...and thought the alarm hadn't gone off...then couldn't remember what time I was supposed to be getting up...had to figure out which day, what time we had to be there, time we leave thus time we get up..only to realize we could sleep almost another hour...but of course, that shot of adrenaline kept me awake after that.
Well, this is volunteering at it's best. We have had a wonderful weekend. I was training to run the shuttles to off site parking and back...next week will be running it without my mentor (EEK!) along with another Sister who trained on a totally different project. This is going to be interesting! The other Sister and I have not met yet.
Wonder if I can find another pedometer (I think I have two more!) for DH to wear next week.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
From Woman's World Magazine...sorry I don't know the date of the issue or page reference.
"Most people don't realize that chronic kidney disease (CKD) is more common that diabetes! Millions of Americans are already afflicted, and at least 20 million more are at risk. Trouble is, there are very few early warning signs of CKD. "Symptoms often don't appear until the kidneys are already irreversibly damaged," says nephrologist Gary Curhan, M.D., ScD., associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. fortunately, it's easy to keep your kidneys healthy:
Eat peanuts to guard against blood sugar damage
The high blood sugar levels caused by diabetes slowly damage the blood vessels in the kidneys. But new research reveals tht eating peanuts, soybeans or legumes daily can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by 40%. tip: Already have diabetes? Your doctor can help you keep your blood sugars in check to minimize damage to your kidneys and help prevent CKD.
Have a pressure-lowering tea break
High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney disease. One of the best ways to drop it fast - by as much as 65% - is to drink fragrant hibiscus tea daily, studies suggest. also helpful: "Cut back on sugar, processed foods and salt," advises nutritionist Linda McCann, R.D., director of clinical Systems and Nutrition for Satellite Healthcare, which specializes in the treatment of chronic kidney disease.
Go easy on painkillers to prevent harm
When taken as directed, occasional use of aspirin and other over-the-counter painkillers does not seem to increase the risk of kidney disease. however, taking too much, too often, may cause damage. "if your doctor prescribes a daily painkiller - for example, baby aspirin to reduce your risk of heart disease- that's one thing. But you shouldn't take any painkiller regularly without her supervision," cautions Dr. Curhan."
"How healthy are your kidneys?
Simple blood and urine tests can provide the answer. Your doctor should check you yearly during a physical, or any time you are diagnosed with other conditions, like high blood pressure or diabetes, that may contribute to kidney disease, says McCann."
article by Camille Noe Pagan
Friday, February 10, 2012
From Woman's World (sorry..don't know date of issue)
Cats protect your heart!
Owning a kitten or cat provides enough stress relief to lower your risk of a heart attack by 30%, according to a recent 10-year study at the Univerity of Minnesota's Stroke Institute.
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