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Hi, Everyone!!! A Note from MamaVia

Hi!!!  Mama here…more or less…on the 22nd, Papa kidnapped me from the sofa and forced me to get on a plane full of people with GERMS…and we flew into Billings, Montana….then drove to Sheridan, Wyoming.  Papa seems to think that although I was BORN in WASHINGTON STATE, grew up in SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, and lived 12 years in SAN ANTONIO….(with 6 months of “hard time” at Lowry AFB, Colorado) that I hadn’t seen “the real west”…trust me…I saw what I wanted to see….Indians?  There’s Indians in Washington State….and California….mountains?  There’s mountains in both states…and some called “Hills” in Texas…so…..in MY CONSIDERED OPINION….I HAD MISSED NOTHING!!!  I once drove to Mount Rushmore….and the Crazy Horse Monument….it’s not like I am a sheltered traveler….but….to keep everything happy…I dragged my raggedy ass off the sofa, sent Boo to Brenda’s house, threw some of my skorts into a paper bag and off we went…SIGH……….

Thursday, the 23rd…I woke up with a sore throat…oh, lovely…so, went to the pharmacy, got some cold-ease and hoped I wouldn’t get sick…clambered into the rented Subaru Outback and my “chauffeur” drove me up the crookedest derned road I’ve ever been on…nothing but rock…oh, look at the rocks…oh, look at that rock!  Needless to say….I got car sick…grabbed my pillow, got in the backseat, and went to sleep…my head wedged against one door, my feet propped against the other…hoping that the Great Indian, “Falling Rocks” wasn’t going to attack the Outback…

Met my husband’s “friend”….a short ugly little man….a cross between a troll and a leprechaun…obviously a heavy drinker from the florid face, bulbous nose and BIG MOUTH.  A MYSOGYNIST….whose wife adores him…he is HUGE into guns, prepping, himself, drinking and generally being an asshole….I cannot stand him…he is an authentic “Florida Cracker” and proud of it.  How he found such a wonderful, caring, considerate wife, I’ll never know…..my husband drinks too much when he is around Cracker….and I don’t like that, either.

I’m not really sure when I got sick…but I can barely remember the 6 days we were gone.  All I wanted to do was to come home.  Somewhere about the 24th or 25th….I can actually FEEL the crap in my lungs “crackling”…I can BARELY breathe….my dearest insisted we go to “Buffalo”…where all he did was sit on a park bench under a tree on the street…(I called my doc at home & made an appointment on the 29th)..we didn’t shop, we didn’t walk (who could walk with all that crackling and out of breath stuff?). We went with Cracker & Wife for dinner…I don’t remember eating, or talking or even where we went.  I couldn’t breathe…at some point, we went shopping…my DH purchased a pair of cowboy boots for me (why?  I don’t know!) and a hat….the boots didn’t really look at that “hot” with my skorts!  I began thinking I needed to go to the emergency room…I couldn’t breathe…I wanted to go home….FINALLY….the 28th!!  Up at 2am for the two hour drive back to Billings…yes, I slept in the back…airport at 4 am, turn in the rental, go thru security….sit around to finally get on the plane…I still can’t breathe (do you see the theme, here?). FINALLY….home at 5:30 Eastern…go get the dog at 7…home by 8….(thank you, son, for driving me…). I fell asleep exhausted…

By the time I got to my doc on the 29th, I was barely alive….my fingertips were bluish, my ankles are so swollen that I feel the water “sloshing” with every step….I can’t “let water” at all…I’m struggling for every breath…the receptionist was so shocked at my presentation, she forget to collect her co-pay…I’m put into a room with no weigh in, no blood pressure check…and, suddenly, it’s like a scene from E.R….Dr. Browning is shouting for Epi-shots and steroids and giving instructions…several nurses are preparing shots and breathing machines and putting monitors in me…my oxygen concentration at 75% has everyone going nuts…

Finally…the Epi and steroids kick in…and my oxygen gets up to 82%…maybe I will live after all…finally, after another hour of breathing treatments…I’m up to almost 91%…and they send me for some prescriptions and “bed rest”…I was ordered to go get a lung X-Ray….diagnosis: Community Acquired Pnemonia and COPD….last X-ray, several years ago, showed a spot on my right lung…we will see if it has grown any larger…or if, as I suspect, it’s just some scar tissue from my many bouts of Pnemonia and chronic bronchitis…all is well….

House Update:

Nothing much “substantial” has happened this month…the paint is done….

 

And….the paver driveway, sidewalk and porch are done…

 

The “waterline tiles” are installed in the pool….

 

The chandeliers are installed….

 

The cabinets and cabinet lighting completed….

 

And…my soaker tub is close to complete….

 

I’m so sick of waiting for everyone to get off their thumbs and get this house done!!!  We’ve been dealing with this since mid November…and I’m pretty sick of those men not getting anything done!!!  What SHOULD take a day, takes a week…what SHOULD take a week, takes a month…several weeks ago, I would have given this builder 5 stars…please don’t ask for a reference until after they quit piddling around and get this house done!!!  Maybe it’s like being pregnant…the last month is the worst for waiting…

I’ll let y’all know about the X-Ray when I get the results…I hope everyone is well…

Love, mama

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6 Responses to Hi, Everyone!!! A Note from MamaVia

  1. renaes24 says:

    Please keep us up to date……worried for you.

  2. TrulyUSA says:

    Good to hear from you, but I hope you get over whatever this is! Sorry your trip was less than fun, being sick doesn’t help that’s for sure. The house is looking great and I love the shade of blue and the pavers. I would love to do pavers at my house, too. Please let us know how you are doing! Kelly we miss you!

  3. Mama Via says:

    Hi everyone!!! Good news! “No change” in the “mass” in my right lung since 2012…everything is fine with that lung. Second…saw Dr G today, the pulmonologist…he says I’m “doing better than expected”…”go home, rest, keep up the treatments, keep clearing lungs..,come back in 4 weeks when you are fully recovered from pneumonia…”…ok…I can do that…

    White count still up–another 10 days of antibiotics…no problem…

    And….Wait for it….we have a closing date on the house…August 5th!!! Yea!!!! Son and I went to look at the house today…and the back patio is in…the patio around the pool is done…we have the initial walk-thru and punch list on 7/24….so we are close to the e d of this saga….

    My assignment today was to pack the Noritake into the quilted moving/storage bags and empty the first small closet…mission accomplished…are y’all coming to help me tomorrow? I decided I’m just going to do one small area a day and work on this move slowly and quietly without any craziness…29 days to go…

    Love to you all….more tomorrow!

    • TrulyUSA says:

      Thank goodness! I’m so glad you are on the mend, by all means go slowly and rest!

      • Mama Via says:

        Hi, Truly!!! I bought an Oxi-meter….it is supposed to measure my oxygen and heart rate at any time I stick my chubby little finger into it…THANKFULLY…I’ve only been below 90% once today…when I got up…before I took some meds…but I’ve been as high as 97% a few times….so, all is well!!! I’m not gonna die before we close on the house!!!! Yeah!!!

      • TrulyUSA says:

        Please take it slow with moving – I worry about you!

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