IWSG: Emergency

Has it been a month since I posted?  It’s IWSG time already and I haven’t even caught my breath. I haven’t finished checking whether various browser anti-malware add-ons have updated their lists to reflect that my blog is now hack free vs. free to hack. But while the getting is good, I’d better thank Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this monthly event.

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Co-hosts for May:

Stephen Tremp
Stephanie Faris
Susan Gourley/Kelley
Bish Denham
Fundy Blue
M.J. Fifield
Loni Townsend

Since last time I posted, I’ve spent hundreds of hours cleaning malware and fixing links via Google Webmaster tools. I wasn’t even close to finishing when I went to church and my phone flashed 2 calls from siblings within minutes of the opening song. That couldn’t mean anything good. It didn’t. My mom had fallen and broken her lower leg. The bones came through her skin, she bled out, and the EMTs did CPR. At the hospital, the ER doc called my sister into the family counseling room. He was covered in blood up to his knees and told her they couldn’t do surgery because my mom wasn’t stable. So a day and a half of packing and getting prescriptions later, off I went to Seattle. Between hospital visits and editing jobs, I didn’t do a single thing with taxes in two weeks. I didn’t even finish the editing jobs. Mom’s wounds weren’t healing, so more surgeries were scheduled. Before I came home, she had her leg amputated above the knee.

I’m home, but it didn’t even take me 2 weeks to lose all the weight I gained in Seattle because of farm chores. When does writing fit in? It doesn’t. The IRS wants us to submit our taxes. I keep trying, but every day a new emergency pops up. Not all major, but even the minor ones add up to sleepless nights and days where I’m ready for a nap before noon. I still can’t sleep more than 4 or 5 hours at night…. but I’m falling asleep now in spite of my shingles acting up. So goodnight. I hope your problems are minor and your successes are major.

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  1. I read your post and it touched my heart. You’re experiencing an awful lot of life tests at the moment. If it is any comfort, I have been there. My mom was dying of cancer, my husband sick and still is, our taxes due and I am a writer who was going zig-zag because I needed time for myself to write. So, I chose a day in the week where I would go to a cafe and sit with my iPad and write in my journal and watch people. Did it help? Yes. I was able to get in touch with myself for a few hours. I also started to write some short stories in those few hours and it helped strengthen me for what I had to go back to.

    I wish you all the best. Hold on. That what you’re going through will pass.
    Patricia @ http://www.patgarciaandeverythingmustchange.com/2016/05/the-second-milestone-iwsg-article-may-4.html

  2. Della Williamson

    If it doesn’t rain. It pours. Hugs. I hate it when things like that happen. But in the end it all usually works out okay. The key is good sleep (hard to get sometimes) a cat and dog to cuddle. Sip tea by a window and appreciate the view. And just dig in and get it done. And when things calm down a bit? Appreciate the good things we do have. And more hugs. And eat a truffle.

    • Della Williamson

      Your Mom doing okay? Think she will adjust to her leg loss okay? It does take a bit of getting used to. And actually. The hardest part is getting used to dealing with stupid inconsiderate people. Pity is the worst. And then there are some because they aren’t sure how to deal with it themselves, make stupid jokes. Some because they are just plain mean. Your Mom is going to be really stressed out about this and adjusting to a whole new living situation. And it will be just as hard on you and the rest of the family. I recommend getting in touch with a support group as fast as you can. You all have a lot to relearn. Because the physical, mental and emotional process stretches far beyond those first steps. My heart and prayers are with you all. Hugs. And don’t forget the truffle.

  3. Louise (Fundy Blue)

    Hi, SAH! I’m so sorry that your mother has gone through such a difficult time! Not to mention you and your extended family. My aunt went through amputations of her legs, and she came through it well, although it was a challenging for her during her adjustment and after. Sending you all some healing prayers and energy.

    Sometimes writing just doesn’t fit in! It’s okay. You have more pressing priorities now, and when you’re through this period, writing will feel so good! All the best to you!

  4. Well, I still can’t get through to your site at work since their firewall still blocks me. But at least my phone doesn’t complain about it anymore.

    It’s a tough situation for your mom, but I think in many ways it’s even tougher on you. Make sure to eat enough and get as much rest as possible. Having all these things pile up on you just adds to the stress.

    Take care of yourself and best wishes for your mom.

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