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12/21/2014

Longest Day of the Year

Good afternoon on the longest day of the year,* official first day of Winter and a nice Sunday afternoon. Sorry, no photos today.We have had a quiet day after a very exciting one on Saturday (NOT!).

*My Bad: I should have written longest night of the year. I do know it's the shortest day! Please excuse this old senior! Thanks to the sweet blogger who caught this boo-boo.
 
 
Friday afternoon we visited Sparkle n Sprinkle in Ruskin Florida - which is about an hour from where DD & SIL live. Nice ride in what still looks like rural Florida. Not much of that left in the State nowadays.  Mr. started having plumbing problems on the way home, which caused quite a few quick bathroom stops. The situation worsened overnight, and neither of us got much sleep. Tried unsuccessfully on Saturday morning to persuade him to go to an Emergency Room. Finally SIL & I both noticed he was pale &  very bloated in the abdomen. With SIL's insistence, we drove to a walkin clinic. We walked in at noon & were told there would be a 2 hr wait. Sent SIL home to return later. Lots of patients coughing, sneezing, blowing noses. Errrgghh ..will we walk out with some germ we didn't bring in? So we availed ourselves of the face masks and antibacterial cleaner. Mr. finally got seen at 5pm. Very uncomfortable waiting time. After the clinic doc saw him, ordered an xray, THEN we are sent to another Emergency Room for a CAT scan as he thought possible bowel blockage or obstruction of some kind. Not happy news to hear at any time, but definitely not when away from home!

Called SIL to pick us up and then head to the ER. He was seen very quickly there. (No, I did not say "this is where we should have come to start"...but SIL did! Bless his heart). The medics there said "Put in a catheter first, drain the bladder, then do another Xray." Things would then be clearer on this xray, before doing a CAT scan. Having a catheter inserted for a male is NOT a fun thing to do. (DH has said that will NEVER be done to him again). By the time the bladder was drained, another xray done, the hospital medics didn't think it a bowel obstruction. Not 100% certain, but they sent him home with some medication and if the problem doesn't resolve in the next 24 - 48 hours, we are to return. Or if he gets pain or nausea, get back PDQ. I think he is a little better today, but very unhappy about the pain of the catheter, some side effects & still having frequent bathroom visits. Just not so bad as previously. We are saying thanks  be that so far, no emergency surgery to be done by doctors we don't know, and then convalesce here away from home.

On another note, in case you haven't seen the news over at DeeDee's Digis, the shop will be closing as of January 31, 2015 - due to the upcoming changes in the European VAT tax laws. While this is a very sad time for those of us who love these images, it also means it's a chance to scoop up some of your best loved images at a fabulous price reduction. I do strongly encourage checking out the link and taking advantage of the sale. I can personally attest to how easy these designs are to use. You can dress up the pre-colored designs as you desire or use the outline images to color as you choose. There's great sentiments in each set & some sets have digi papers as well. So do check out DeeDee's Digi's. There is a design to fit every card occasion.

In the meantime, have a wonderful afternoon. Thanks for dropping by for a visit, and big hugs.

27 comments:

Hazel said...

Oh MARY not good about your husband, you are so right you don't want him to be ill and away from home and your own doctors. Hope he feels better soon. Hazel x

Mrs A. said...

Oh Mary not exactly what you want happening when away from home. Hope hubby is recovering and no more symptoms present themselves. If I do not speak again I wish I you both a happy Christmas and a healthy New Year. Hugs Mrs A.

Redanne said...

Oh Mary, what a time you have both had of it! I am so sorry to hear about hubby's problems. I really do hope he improves over the next few days! Thinking of you. Hugs, Anne xx

Laurie Unger said...

Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

Sorry to hear about the Mr. I've had a catheter put in and I agree with him. Not fun! Hope he's on the mend soon! Going over to check out the digi's - thanks for the link.

Sheila H said...

Oh, Mary, I am so sorry about your hubby's medical issues. I'm definitely glad he's gotten some relief without extreme measures. I hope and pray he'll continue to get better as the days pass. Being sick away from home is definitely no fun. Take care, all of you!

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, sorry to hear that your hubby isn't too well, I do hope it will sort it's self out soon. Such a painful thing for a man, Alistair had one inserted when he had a hip op a few years back.

Take care, hugs Kate x

Kathleen said...

Hi Mary, so sorry about all the problems with MR H and hope that things are vastly improved by now. Oh by the way the word verification has now gone, you will be pleased to know.

Hope all is well for you to enjoy a fabulous Christmas.

Kath x

Nicky said...

Sorry to hear your DH has been suffering hopefully he will start to feel better soon, just had a nosey around your blog as I had not passed by in some time love the post below about the dogs

dutchess said...

oh no Mary.....poor hubby let's hope things resolve themselves with the medication....fingers crossed!....xxxx

Lisa said...

Saying prayers for your hubby, Mary, that he is feeling much better soon and no surgery needed. Ugh...being away from home and having this happen is not fun. I hope the medication works and he is feeling much, much better soon. Hugs my friend :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Jean said...

Hi Mary, I am so sorry that your husband is unwell, so distressing when you are away from home. I hope his medication works and that he is soon feeling better.
Jean x

Kylie said...

I really hope everything settles down soon. What an unpleasant experience for hubby. Terrible news too about these wonderful digi stores. They are so generous in sponsoring my challenge blogs and now they feel bad that they can't do it anymore when it isn't even their fault. Have a very Merry Christmas xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Oh my, this is a frightening thing to happen, and even more so while you are away from home. I hope it resolves itself quickly, with no emergency surgery, and I hope you hubby starts feeling better soon. Sending hugs and prayers.

Sad news about Deedee's Digis - I will most definitely miss her adorable designs.

Stamping With Bibiana said...

hello Mary: No worries you are NOT the only one...I read your title and I did not see anything "weird", It happens that I was reading it to my husband and right away HE said: [you mean "the longest night"!] je je je...then I read your explanation...so you see, me too I have a "senior" moment as you call it...I did not catch it at 1st!!!
WOW! I am so sorry for this scary and unpleasant moment...I hope he is fine now and out of any kind of emergency!!! so sorry to hear this...keep us posted, sending all the positive energy and prayers your way!
warm hugs
bibiana

Sue said...

Oh Mary I hope he is doing much better..we spent over 7 hrs with the hubby last week in the acute assessment clinic..my thoughts are with you both lots of huggles Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sue said...

Sending your hubby positive healing thoughts. Hope the meds do the trick and he is much better soon.

Off to check out DeeDees Digis.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Brenda in IN said...

Oh Mary, I'm so sorry you and hubby had to go through this and hope the medicine they gave him solves the problem. It is scary to be in an unkown enviroment with unknown doctors. I also hope he isn't in any pain and can get through the holidays and back home safely. Were you able to get any new goodies at Sparkle and Sprinkle? Or is Santa bringing craft goodies in your stocking? Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Pat said...

Oh Mary, so sorry your DH is having these problems and especially when away from home! Do hope he is soon feeling better. x

Sarah said...

So sorry to hear of this terrible episode and I do hope he is feeling brighter today xx

Brenda said...

Oh no Momma Mary, I sure hope hubby gets better without any kind of surgery and recouping away from home! And you are so right, a catheter for a man is not fun at all, and I so feel for him. Thank goodness that SIL talked him into going to be seen. Know that I will be praying that all will be ok!! Big hugs, Brenda

Bonnie said...

I pray that Joe is better today. Not good to have problems so far from home and Drs. that you know. Hope the germs floating around the clinic don't take hold in any of you. Take care.

Faith A said...

Firstly hope Hubby is feeling better today, poor man has had to suffer the last couple of days ay? and so much worse when away form home. Hope you are treating him well! :)

Secondly Winter Solstice, I am so very glad it's now past it, at least the days will get longer from now on, no don't mean in hours but in daylight. ATM it is dark at 3.30 - 4pm until 8.30 - 9am makes Winter so long and miserable.

Thirdly (is there such a word?) Deedee's closing? I hadn't seen the post, oh! so sad, there are so many companies closing because of this stupid ruling from the European Union "Government" we have had to accept so many rules we don't like or want in this country.

Carol L said...

Im so sorry this is all happening to your DH while you're trying to enjoy your Christmas vacation! I hope things are OK, but I can't help wondering if he has developed a kidney stone! Hopefully it's something simple that can be remedied quickly!
Wishing you a very merry Christmas with better days to come!

Kim Heggins said...

Mary...oh my what a time your family has been through, keeping your hubby in my prayers and pray that he continues to feel better. Take care and Merry Christmas.

Diane said...

Oh Mary, so sorry to hear about your hubby's problems, I hope things improve soon.

Best of the holidays.

Diane

Maxine D said...

What a start to your holiday Mary - so glad is is resolving - men's [plumbing problems are not fun!!
Blessings and prayers
Maxine
p.s. we get the longest day of the year this time :-)

nwilliams6 said...

Hope DH is feeling better now and everything is ok. No fun to be ill at Christmas (or any other time). Hugz - extra ones for DH (along with some prayers).