It's been a challenging couple of weeks culminating in a spectacularly craptastic day yesterday.
On the bright side, I think I finished my Christmas shopping, got the last of the packages mailed, and the grocery shopping done.
On the craptastic side, all that involved visits to Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Meijer, Postal Connections, and two trips to the post office.
On the bright side, it wasn't as bad as I expected it to be at any of those places and I made sure to make eye contact and smile at all the employees whom I encountered, which resulted in smiles and pleasant encounters.
On the craptastic side, I've had to stop taking my arthritis meds and I was exhausted and in pain (and for some reason one of my fingers was swollen and painful) by the time I returned to The 'Duh, made the last stop at the post office and unloaded the groceries.
On the REALLY craptastic side, I had my yearly mammogram scheduled for 5:00 that evening. I'd had to postpone it because I've been struggling with tendonitis and couldn't raise my arms over my head for several weeks. I put away the stuff that needed to be refrigerated and left the rest for later so I could remove my shoes and put my feet up for 20 minutes before I had to leave for that appointment. And then, after getting pushed and prodded and squished, I went and tempted fate by posting on Facebook that my long day was finally over. Little did I know, it was only half over.
I went home, warmed up some leftovers for supper, and Bookmark61 and I watched Elf. At 9:00, I had just put on my pajamas and was reveling in the freedom from clothes and shoes and errands when my phone vibrated. It was Joyouswind. She was sick, laying on the floor and too weak to get up. So I did what any mother would do and put my clothes and shoes back on, told my husband what was going on and that I would get the daughter to bed, take her puppy out for his end of the day business, and stay until I was sure everything would be okay.
Two hours later, my husband was helping the daughter down three flights of stairs and into my van, a friend of hers was picking up the puppy, and I was trying to figure out where I'd put down my cell phone before heading to the ER. At midnight I told Brett he might as well go home and get some sleep. They'd started an IV on Joyouswind to get her hydrated, pumped her full of anti-nausea meds and taken blood samples.
At 1 AM they wheeled her away for an ultrasound. At 2:30 AM they said everything looked pretty good and she'd probably picked up "something viral" (but blood tests ruled out influenza). At 3 AM the IV bag was empty and they were all set to release her until she sat up and got violently ill again. At 3:15 AM they gave her a shot that stopped the nausea and knocked her silly. At 3:30 AM they tried to release her but she was knocked so silly she couldn't stand up. At 4 AM we finally managed to get her into a wheelchair and loaded into the van. At 4:30 AM I got back to The 'Duh and helped her up the stairs to her old bedroom. At 5 AM I finally went to bed and catnapped for about three hours, but my back and knees and blasted finger were hurting too badly for me to sleep.
This morning was spent back at Meijer getting prescriptions filled and buying food she can eat - bananas, Jello, applesauce, apple juice - all things I generally have on hand, but of course the bananas were overripe and I was completely out of everything else and hadn't restocked when I did the big two-weeks' grocery shopping.
The daughter is sleeping off her long night. I'm washing every single thing both of us were wearing last night. Gotta get rid of those hospital cooties. Fighting to stay awake... must put up Christmas tree today! We've gotten two gifts in the mail and no tree to put them under.
So what do we take away from this? Never tempt fate by declaring your day long, exhausting, or finished because fate loves to serve up a big, steaming plate of your own words for you to eat. Lesson learned. Today has just begun... it will be an average day... no expectations good or bad today... no-sir-ee!
My finger is still swollen. Not that I'm complaining.