Sunday, July 13, 2014
My 84 year old aunt, who lives 20 minutes from me and whom I am very close with wound up in the hospital with pneumonia. Her husband also has pneumonia, although not as serious, and he's 87. One of their daughters moved back home to help out - arriving less than a week before her mom went into the hospital. Now she has come down with a cold and can't go visit her mother, who had over a liter of fluid drained from around her lungs yesterday.
Friday night/Saturday morning I was awakened at 2:53 a.m. by the loud crash of an auto collision right outside my house. I jumped out of bed, called 911 and watched out the front door until the fire truck arrived a few minutes later. I was still about 95% asleep and knew that help had arrived and there was nothing I could do to be useful, so I went back to bed. Of course, my bedroom is in the front of the house and it was a coolish night, so I had the window open. There were police and tow trucks and people talking until about 4:30 am on the street in front of my house, so it took a good while for me to actually fall asleep again.
I had to go to my vet's office before noon on Saturday to pick up medicine for one of my cats, then I went to see my aunt and uncle and cousins at the hospital. I had some very special mini cinnamon buns from Duffey Roll (a Denver specialty) for everyone. I spent hours at the hospital, all through the fluid draining procedure and then found out my aunt hadn't been able to eat for many hours. She was delighted with the treats I'd brought and it was the first thing she ate as soon as she got permission.
By the time I got home last evening I felt totally drained. I tried a little activity to try and get energized without success. Two different elderly neighbors had left phone messages asking about the car accident the night before, but I had to go talk to another neighbor or two to get more information. Then I communicated what I'd discovered to the interested parties.
I promised to pick up a few things at the grocery for one of those households of older folks today, which I still need to do. I'll try to get to kick back before dark tonight. Much to do and time flies by so quickly. Also - got a letter from the place where I had my mammogram done a few weeks ago in yesterday's mail that there was an irregularity that requires a re-check. I'm not worried about it - just hoping I can get that fit in with other medical appointments I have scheduled for August 1st so I don't have to take more time off work.
Work has been crazy busy for several weeks and shows no signs of calming, so that will be another type of challenge. I could use a little calm to show up in my life, but not likely to happen anytime soon.
At least I'm cruising on the challange. That's something.