Why So Quiet?

I am seemingly being uncharacteristically quiet while the government is engaging in lots of skulduggery. Trust me, I am NOT being quiet in person. I just don’t have time to write about it.

The girls (the 3-year-old and 4-month-old granddaughters) have been accompanying me and Mom to her various doctor and surgeon appointments. Everybody in the waiting rooms are always amazed at how patiently and happily the girls wait with us.  We’re waiting on the scheduling of Mom’s next big surgery. This one will include a parotidectomy with possible facial paralysis on one side. Even though Mom’s a retired RN, I’m not sure if she actually heard the surgeon, or whether she blanked it out.  I decided not to inquire or spell it out.  Is that presumptuous of me? She is very fearful of surgery, but she absolutely has no chance of survival without it.  In the meantime, she’s had her burial outfit freshly cleaned and is making her funeral preparations so that we won’t be bothered with it.

In the midst of infant milestones and recurrent cancer, daughter brought home a red doberman pup for the kids because, well, life.

The plates that I have spinning are coming crashing down. I found a sheep that had gotten wedged behind a gate and couldn’t get out that had apparently happened when we were away for a family celebration event over the weekend. Probably died of thirst and/or heat. Absolutely my fault for neglecting to count sheep because I’ve been focused on things like the baby, Mom, the toddler, the pup, daughter’s 18-year-old kitty who is now blind and deaf, the orphaned chicks whose Mommy and siblings were apparently eaten one night, and grandsons, homework, laundry, how to afford groceries for so many (make everything from scratch), etc.  I’m neglecting my 3-year-old granddaughter to the care of inane cartoons far too often. My cleanliness standards have fallen into the slattern category.  Hovel living is the life for me!  What the heck, I can clean next year, right?  Except baby will be crawling around eating the mystery objects on the floor in a couple months. Crap.

Daughter is likewise experiencing crashing plates of her own.  She works eight hours a day, commutes two hours a day, and does two college classes at night with LOTS of homework. If she wasn’t so highly organized, she’d be a total wreck. While she has a  grade of 100% in both classes (yeah, our family tends to be overly competitive), she’s stressed out about bills, homework, and grades. She will not be gladdening the hearts of retailers this Christmas season but, instead, is buying used items for the kids every payday.  She and I both thought she could quickly finish her degree at night while the children were small but, alas, we overestimated my energy and didn’t account for Mom’s cancer recurring. After this term ends, she may not go back. I hate it for her that she’s missing so much time with her youngest, she feels that she needs to finish her degree to increase her earning capacity for her family, but I dunno. I know a lot of folks that have gone back to college to get their degree, or a different degree, in order to boost their earning capacity. All they got was the same old low-paying job that they had before, only now they have to pay back student loans with it along with all their other expenses.

Meanwhile, a relative that has a SIL that flies in and out of some strange places called to let us know his observations about Ebola gleaned from first-hand observation and with talking with other people whose work take them in and out of there as well.  His conclusions are that (a) our government is lying to us (b) their governments are lying to everybody (c) a lot more people are dead and dying than the “official” count, and (d) they (federal government) have to know the truth and are deliberately trying to kill people because nobody can be that damn incompetent.  His advice to family members? Stockpile food, clean water, etc. because in the event that this thing becomes widespread in any particular area, well, you know things could get ugly as towns set up their own quarantine zones.

Another relative that is a RN at a hospital in another state says that they haven’t really had much in the way of training and just the usual for protective gear, no matter what the CDC says about readiness. They aren’t ready now and will never be ready for Ebola. They don’t have the staff, gear, or isolation facilities.  Only a complete idiot or Obama appointee (but I repeat myself) would think otherwise. Even the larger hospitals have cut their budgets in anticipation of Obamacare. The wards are understaffed. If you want a family member cared for in the hospital, you stay with them, and I fear it will only continue to worsen.

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  1. 1

    kcduffy said,

    I think of you and yours every day, and you are at the top of my prayer list…I miss you, and wish there was something I could do to help ease your burden.

    Don’t be surprised if I call tomorrow. 🙂 Then again, don’t be surprised if I don’t…cuz I’m sort of a dingbat…but you knew that. 😀

    • 2

      swampie said,

      ROFL. Yeah, I’m dingbat central, so I understand completely! Don’t be surprised if the phone keeps ringing! SwampMan says I have to take the boys to their cub scout Halloween party tonight. Uh, ooooookay….. Guess that means that dinner will have to be cooked early, and all the livestock fed, and puppy….well, I’m ready to go back to bed. Where’s my coffee! Oh, crap, gotta make it.

      • 3

        kcduffy said,

        Duffy just called – coming home sick from work…and I’ve already got the bedding in the laundry…

        Mr. Floppy is a happy camper, though – he dashed out the door when the ol man was headed off to work. Funny, he puffs himself all up while he’s outdoors, and not being a little cat in the first place, he looks HUGE when he does that. Chased the neighbor cat under the shed, strolled around like he owns the place, just came back in…

        I’m going to PLAN to call you Monday…unless you tell me otherwise! I do have access to FormerlyKnown AsGCP on the Kindle now, with no troubles about access or anything, so trying to get back in the loop there.

        I think I’ll make another pot of coffee… 😀

  2. 4

    swampie said,

    Dang, how’d you manage that (access to former known as GCP on the Kindle)? I can get on there a couple times, then have to clear the cache, and I don’t want to clear the cache so I don’t.

    • 5

      kcduffy said,

      I don’t know! I thought the Powers Behind the Throne had done something! I haven’t cleared the cache all week. I wonder of signing out, then signing back in did anything to trigger this…

      I plan to be in Jax the weekend of December 13, heading this way again the morning of the 14th. That’s a Sunday. Breakfast/brunch, maybe?

      • 6

        swampie said,

        Yeah, for sure, I think! It looks like Mom’s surgeries will be in November, but radiation will probably start in Dec.

      • 7

        kcduffy said,

        Looking so forward to seeing you again…I HAVE to leave Callahan in time to get home before dark, but that means we’ll have to start early! 😀

      • 8

        kcduffy said,

        Just thought I’d drop by and say hi. I want to put snow on my blog, too, howdjadodat???

        Life is going pretty well – the ol man is sick but not deathly ill. The cat is much better, that lump that grew back has all but disappeared. Will be that direction sometime around the 20th – the Florida Hang Five is in Ocala the weekend of the 15th…will go to see the kids in Jax before coming home.

        Think of you often. Will try to call when I get some time to myself. Miss you!!!

    • 9

      kcduffy said,

      Aaaaand for 4 days I haven’t had access on my Kindle again…

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