Monday, March 9, 2009

The wrong life

I was talking to Amee on the phone this morning and told her, sometimes, I wonder if I'm actually living someone else's life and somewhere out there is the life I envisioned for Trenton & I. But then, I wouldn't wish the problems we have to deal with on anyone else. And I know in reality, they aren't worse than anyone else's problems.

We worked the cattle show in Kirksville all weekend. Went to see The Watchmen on Saturday......TERRIBLE. Came home. Went to bed. Got up at 5am (4am if you count the time change). Stayed at the wet & muddy show all day. Came home. Noticed it was only 59 degrees in our house with the heat set on 67. Should have got a clue. Didn't. Decided at 7:45 we were hungry. Decide to order taco pizza b/c I was being lazy. Trenton goes to order pizza. Decides to go downstairs first and see about furnace. Opens basement door. Yells "****". Run to doorway. Discover 3 feet of water in basement. Debate...laugh or cry...laugh or cry. Do neither, too much wasted energy. Call James & Amee. Never happened to them. Decide with husband, if it wasn't for bad luck, we'd have no luck. Suddenly realize, water heater and furnace probably shot. Quickly realize, savings down the drain, unlike 3 feet of water in basement. Call Butch, no pump. Call Chuck, no pump. Call insurance man. No answer. Call Phil Beeler, man with all answers and gadgets. Wait. Knock at door. Phil with pump. Yippee! Suddenly remember why I love small towns. Knock at door. James Jones with space heater. Thanks! Here noise in basement instructing to turn the dryer on. Realize James Jones is a monkey or gymnast, not sure which and has climbed through water, without touching water, to check break box. Turn space heater on. Sit on couch under blanket and do nothing but watch TV, b/c girl help is not needed to watch water get sucked out of basement. Leave hostile messages on facebook about situation. Make plans to shower at the Jones' in the a.m. Wait until 11:30. 1 1/2 feet water still in basement, realize tomorrow is Monday. Thank father-in-law for ALL his help and patience with stupid daughter-in-law. Insist that we won't freeze to death. Wait for husband. Go to bed. Close eyes, open eyes. Not a dream. Darn. Go to sleep.

Sounds like fun huh? I'll post pictures later. So my husband, bless his heart, stayed home from work today to take care of things b/c I #1) have no sick days left after Mom's surgery last week and #2) don't know anything about water heaters or furnace blowers or sump pumps, etc. He bought a pump and water heater at Home Depot today. Talked to the insurance man, and it really isn't going to help unless it was a leak or water break of some sort. Nelson's is supposed to come look at the furnace today to see if it's salvageable. We truly are blessed though, because not only do we have amazing friends and family willing to help us out, whether it be letting us shower at their house, offering heaters and beds, or just standing in the 3 feet of water commiserating with us, but because it could have been a lot worse. 2 weeks ago we had a brand new washer and dryer of Chuck's down there that would have been ruined. 1 week ago we had 8 puppies living down there that probably would have drowned. And worse case scenario, the furnace and water heater could have exploded or shorted out causing a fire, which would obviously have been devastating. So we are trying to look at everything from a glass half full perspective.

Several of you have asked about my mom. My posting was limited at best last week. I missed work Monday and Tuesday. Mom called me on Monday morning as I was walking out the door for work and asked if I could take her to the ER in Columbia. She had just been at the hospital Wednesday-Saturday, but wasn't feeling any better. Upon arrival they admitted her and decided to do surgery on Tuesday morning. Trenton had stayed home from work Monday b/c he was running a fever. We stayed in Columbia Monday night. They did the surgery on Tuesday morning and I came home that night. She was released on Friday. She's doing great. They removed another 3 inch section of her intestine. The problem being that when she had the surgery last May and they removed the 18 inch section, the two pieces they reconnected had grown shut. Basically disconnecting her upper bowel from her lower bowel and obstructing with anything she would eat. This has caused her pain over the last few months, but no one was able to figure out the cause. She is recovering great and feeling ALOT better! I returned to work on Wednesday to a very overwhelming amount of work and was running a fever and sick. However, I burnt the last 1/2 of a sick day I had on Monday and couldn't afford the pay cut to stay home. Bummer. Hope I stay healthy the rest of the year!

That's all for now. Promise to bring good news soon!

7 comments:

Andrea Frederick said...

Wow, your post we very funny and I laughed at your expense. I hope this week looks up and I'm glad your looking at the glass/basement half full!

Corin said...

Well, I'm glad to see you still have your sense of humor. Or at least you are still able to put on a brave face and seem like you have a since of humor. Glad to hear that your Mom is doing well.

Miss Jenn said...

I'm sorry, because I know it's not funny, but the way you typed the post was VERY funny. I'm proud of you for keeping your head up & pray that your heart is staying as buoyant.

(and I can come with a crowbar and work on that water heater to try and get it to break so you can turn it into insurance as damage from a break! :)

Cindy said...

Way to keep your chin up in a very stressful situation on both accounts! Gotta love what is thrown at us, even though we begin to wonder why!

Bree Shaw said...

hope things are getting better. way to look on the bright side of things. glad you had good friends and family to help out. what would we do without them? hope you have a better week!

Amee Jones said...

Well, now you have a dry basement. If it stays that way during this rain we will know things are looking up.

Erin said...

Guess what? It did not stay dry! Another foot of water was in there this morning. Sigh...