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What a week it has been!

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. emoticon

At least I'm cruising on the challange. That's something.
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  • TEENY_BIKINI
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    1539 days ago
  • CATIATM
    That is a lot to handle. How thoughtful of you to think of your aunt's comfort. I'm sure she appreciated the treats you brought her, as well as the thought behind it.

    Prayers for good health and strength to persevere. emoticon
    1569 days ago
  • KAYDEN45
    Wow you had a lot going on. Take Care of you and hopefully you will be able to get some rest and time to yourself.
    1570 days ago
  • FLORIDASUN
    Oh my goodness...you DO have so much on your plate right now. I surely hope your aunt gets better soon along with her husband and daughter. Those colds are nothing to mess with now that we've heard so much about MERSA...I think it's MERSA...

    It's really really good of you to look out for your neighbors..that would NEVER happen here in FL. Neighbors barely speak to each other. We've lived in our house for 13 years and only nod hello at our neighbors on one side. The newish family that moved in on the other side have only said hi once or twice. Which actually is fine by me because after dealing with people all day long I'm probably not the chatty Cathy type anyhow. Sometimes it's a chore to meet up with our weekly group. I'd rather just chill at home.

    Take good care of yourself and make sure you get the rest you need. I'm sending you lots of positive vibes and big big hugs my friend! emoticon
    1585 days ago
  • JUMPINJULIE
    I hope your Aunt and Uncle and Cousin feel better soon I hope you get to kick back relax.
    1585 days ago
  • SAFARIBABE
    Hang in there Sugar! Hope your auntie and uncle feel better soon!
    1587 days ago
  • TERI-RIFIC
    You've been through a lot. emoticon I hope you get a rest.
    1588 days ago
  • CATHYSFITLIFE
    I hope your aunt, her husband and daughter will be better soon! You certainly had quite a week! I hope things calms down for you soon. emoticon
    1588 days ago
  • 4EVERNESS
    Definitely not a weak has been (what a week it has been)! Keep up the good work, but for your sanity, watch out that some of those neighbors aren't beginning a negative, harmful co-dependency. You need your rest and you time too! A worn out person runs down their immunities, and there where would anyone in this saga be? Take care of yourself and Kudos for all that you do!
    1588 days ago
  • JAZZEJR
    Wow. Hope things settle down and your aunt continues to improve. Reminds me that I'm way overdue for my pneumonia immunization.
    1588 days ago
  • GAILSMAILS
    Phew! The stars must be aligned in a special way or something! Things have been crazy!!
    Hope you can get some rest!
    1588 days ago
  • SVELTEWARRIOR
    I hope your family members feel better soon!!!!! I am sending calming thoughts your way
    1588 days ago
  • HICKOK-HALEY
    That is a busy week. I hope everyone feels better soon. emoticon
    1589 days ago
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