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Another ER Adventure

The day began beautifully!  First I pre-made my coffee the night before, which always results in that grand coffee smell wafting into my bedroom, gently waking me from my cough medicine-induced stupor.  (I’ve had a bit of a cold lately.)  Then I stepped outside to find actual brisk, Fall air in place of the murky, humid mornings we have had here for the past six weeks.

You know that very first day when the light falls just a bit differently and there is something in the air slightly incomprehensible but varied enough that you know seasons are changing?  That day was today.  Every year I take note of that seasonal change and try to embrace it.

The joy continued as the Perfume Stalker offered to take Sue to Pre-School, which automatically adds at least 45 minutes to our homeschool day.  The boys eagerly grabbed their Spelling workbooks and began trying to “work ahead”–a little known concept in this novice homeschooling house.

The day was unfolding perfectly before me.  We had nowhere to be until football practice at 6 pm–a day of freedom to fit in some extras like playing board games, collecting fall leaves and making gluten-free brownies.  Doesn’t it all sound so glorious?

Hold on.

And then the phone call.  It’s the Perfume Stalker, aka Ashley: “Well, you aren’t going to believe this, but Sue threw up in my car.  Again.”  See this is the second time she’s thrown up in this friend’s car in the past few weeks.  It’s a bit strange because she is not sick, and unlike the Town & Country, the Perfume Stalker’s Suburban is frighteningly clean, so it’s not like there is some lingering, bad smell…unless clean is bad?

And as I’m rushing out the door to rescue Sue, H’s grandmother, who is 88 and staying with us for three weeks while H’s parents are out of the country, hobbles into the kitchen, doubled over in pain.  “I’m so very, very sorry but I think I need to go to the hospital.”  (This sweet woman may be 88, but she looks 68 and behaves like a 48-year-old, so to see her in this shape was shocking and concerning!)

Get ready, set GO!  (Sung to the tune of the William Tell Overture.)

“Call the husband, text the husband, get out of that meeting now!   Get every single bottle of medicine that she takes all around.  Pack the clothes and the food for the hospital.  And DON’T forget….to feed the neighbor’s dog!”

(I was honestly trying to fit in something about reminding H this was the last day to sell the Boston Butts tickets for Joseph’s football team, but I couldn’t make the syllables work.)

About the time we are ready to head out the door to the ER, Ashley arrives with a vomit-dribbled Sue.  She looks slightly peaked, but announces a keen desire for “toast.”  I quickly swab her off, brush her teeth, and arrange her in my bed with a “towel shield” and Sesame Street.

H arrives soon, sad to be missing yet another enthralling team-building event at his company.  I provide him with a quick homeschool plan for the day, and we’re off to the ER.  This time, however, I know my way around!  I proudly waltz through secret back doors, greet receptionists by name, and am heartened when we have the same nurse we had two weeks ago.

Seven ER hours later (which translates to 14 real-time hours), we have learned that thankfully, H’s grandmother does not have an intestinal blockage. She is slightly dehydrated, has slow sodium and is possibly lactose-intolerant.  We leave with new medicines, marching orders, new diet plans and a renewed confidence in our abilities to add even more medications to her ever-expanding medication spreadsheet chart.

I arrive home to find that H has outdone himself as the 41-year-old-stay-at-home-homeschool-dad-rare bookselling-laundress.  He’s taken all three children to the post office where Edward loudly read the “Prohibited Items” poster for a lunch-time postal crowd, regaling them with questions about whether or not handguns were the same thing as “pistols” and wondering aloud if any of the patrons were actually packing a gun.

And he’s churned through laundry using an excessive amount perhaps a teensy bit too much homeade laundry powder.

Thankfully we caught this before the laundry room flooded.

All in all, it’s been a a full day, but a good day.

(Thanks, God.)

Posted on 16 September '08 by , under Accidental Homeschooling, Faith is the Evidence.

14 Comments to “Another ER Adventure”

#1 Posted by autismfamily (17.09.08 at 00:39 )

Wow that is an adventure and all in one day. Lucky you have help otherwise sick girl would have gone with you to ER. Good thing you got the laundry room before disaster.

Any ideas on why she gets sick in car, can she tell you or does not know either? hope Wed is better.

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#2 Posted by Mrsbear (17.09.08 at 00:46 )

At least it ended well, thankfully. I mean for you, not the perfume stalker. Could it be maybe her driving is making your little one car sick? Not to question her abilities or anything, but…that is a freakish coincidence. Congrats to hubby for taking the ball and running with it. 🙂 Hope Wednesday is an improvement.

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#3 Posted by Peanut (17.09.08 at 07:28 )

It all happens at once, doesn’t it?! Glad to hear that everything turned out ok. That’s great that your hubby was able to bail you out… mine has been known to do that a time or two!

#4 Posted by kim (17.09.08 at 08:54 )

My oh my!
What an ordeal
I am so glad Grandma is ok
She is a darling thing!
Love ya

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#5 Posted by Elle (17.09.08 at 08:58 )

When it rains it pours as my mom likes to say. Glad she’s okay. I don’t think the Perfume Stalker is going to be offering any more rides.

#6 Posted by andreacook (17.09.08 at 09:52 )

Are you in training for Super Mom of the Year or something? Oh, I know, you are piloting for a new sitcom? You are amazing. Thx for sharing. Don’t forget to water your g-ma-in-law. 🙂

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#7 Posted by April ~ EnchantedDandelions (17.09.08 at 12:18 )

Oh geesh, dear! And here I thought my day yesterday was exciting (with the highlight being Abbie getting a bead stuck up her nose). I’m glad Grandma is okay. I hope Sue feels better and stops getting sick. Could it be something that she cleans the car with?

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#8 Posted by Steph at the Red Clay Diaries (17.09.08 at 13:43 )

Really funny post about a probably-not-so-funny day.

FWIW, My preschooler used to get sick in the car. Now we know to watch her and make sure she doesn’t spend the trip with her head down (reading, coloring, playing Leapster). I guess she’s just more prone to motion sickness. We ask her to look out the window whenever she complains of a tummy ache. And for awhile we always had a “throw-up cup” in her cup holder. 🙂
Hope today goes better!

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#9 Posted by janine (17.09.08 at 14:22 )

Wow – that WAS a full day. Well done for handling it so well.

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#10 Posted by hellokittiemama/MT (18.09.08 at 00:10 )


When it rains, it pours.

Lactose intolerance? Don’t get me started on that one….

I’m thinking about Sue and throwing up in the big suburban – is it because it is a higher/bouncier ride?

Is ‘the perfume stalker’ driving like a maniac (or a jersey driver…)???

Hopefully tomorrow is a puke-free day!!!!

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#11 Posted by Danette (18.09.08 at 07:50 )

Wow, never a dull moment! Glad to hear H’s grandma is ok, and hopefully no more vomiting in the car…

btw the part about your son reading the prohibited items list cracked me up 🙂

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#12 Posted by Patty O. (18.09.08 at 14:03 )

YIKES. I was stressed just reading this. Glad it all turned out ok.

BTW, would you mind sharing your homemade laundry soap recipe? I have been wanting to try making it. Thanks.

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#13 Posted by Kate (18.09.08 at 22:54 )

What a day, huh – a good indicater that we are not in control! Wanted to stop by since I might be out of blogging commission next week with the move, and I can’t get my internet on in the new house for maybe two weeks!!!! Talk to you later.

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