The last few days have vanished in a blur.
Wife had a doctor appointment this morning, a round trip of around 50 miles, for 08:20. So an alarm went off at 06:00 and we set off. A good appointment, all in all. Nurse took some blood sample for some tests to be run. And then off we set. Back home, and then a 14 mile round trip to the pharmacy. And when nearly home and still en route to the pharmacy, a call from the doctor office we'd just left. They'd forgotten about some of the tests that needed to be run, and could we come back? Well, that seemed like a mess, could we change that? We'd planned that after the pharmacy, we were going to make ANOTHER run, a hospital in another not-too-far-distant town, where Wife's sister was scheduled to go in for major surgery at noon. That hospital is associated with the hospital that her doctor is associated with, so they agreed to send the necessary "stuff" by FAX to that hospital's outpatient labs. Fine. Then to the pharmacy, a 14 mile or so round trip from our place, on the far side of our route. So to pharmacy. Pick up a new prescription and a refill of another. More money. Then back in car, drive to the hospital, another 30-mile round trip. Got there before S-in-L went under the knife, but already was in pre-op sedation. And there we stayed until she was out of the 3-hour-long surgery, out of Recovery, and into a room. We went in, saw her. She still unconcious from the sedatives. And back home, having spent a while day with all this and put nearly 100 miles on the car besides. Good thing I got gas yesterday.
But it wasn't all a waste. One of Wife's oldest friends, someone she's known about forever, was there. Liz's husband is shuttling from nursing home to hospital to rehab center to hospital. I don't think this will turn out well. But they got to spend a little while together, something the hospital visit seemed almost designed to enable. A Good Thing for both of them.
And also this. As noted, Wife had to go to the Outpatient Labs department. While there, we encountered a woman and a 5-year-old daughter. The child has some of the same medical conditions Wife has, and the woman was in tears and at her wit's end. Didn't help that the officious jerks at the school were the youngster is in kindergarten, are threatening her with court action due to all the missed school, the absences due to the child's conditions, frequent debilitating illnesses, bad reactions to the meds, and doctor appointments, etc. etc. etc. Wife was able to sit with her for about 20 minutes, set her up with some support groups, give some advice based on her own experiences and some of those we underwent with our own kids, and more besides. As well as to offer comfort and understanding, things in short supply. Again, one of those things that our visit and the earlier oversight combined to enable.
So it's nearly 8 p.m. I just had the first real food since around 07:00 (I don't trust hospital food, too much memory of "Soylent Green" perhaps). Wife is exhausted, passed out on recliner. I'm not much better off.
Yesterday, the temperature here was nearing 80°. Tonight's low is expect to hit 40°. I've closed all the windows, and there will definitely be blankets on the bed. (Last night, Wife was claiming horrid heat when we went to bed, so I had to get back up, crank up window fan and floor fan, and leave the blankets off the bed. An hour later, that all got revised. By 03:00, had to get back up and put another blanket on the "freezing" one.) Tomorrow's "high" supposed to be 54. But a week from today, supposed to hit 90°! Quite the roller-coaster around here.
Anyway, things are more than a bit disjointed around here right now. I'm weary and strung out.
Our reading in the Old Testament is chapters 1, 2, and 3 of 2nd Samuel.
Saul, who has been busily attempting to murder David, has died at the hands of his enemies. David is coming to the fore. And, as is often the case, there is some maneuvering on the part of those who wish to be powers in the new regime.
II Samuel 2
II Samuel 3
Our New Testament portion for the day is verses 1-17 in the 18th chapter in the Gospel of Luke.