Friday, November 23, 2007

Why I've Been Gone

I know I've been MIA for quite some time, but I have two pretty good excuses.

One, my husband had an accident with the car. Notice I don't say "car accident," which would imply the car was in some kind of motion at the time. No, instead, my husband heard a funny noise coming from the car when he turned it on in the driveway, and decided to pop the hood and check it out...while the motor was still running. Not the smartest move. Some belt or other (I know very little about the inner workings of cars and am quite happy that way) snapped, hit him in the head, and knocked him down flat. When he came to, he wobbled up and fell head-first into the car. So that was three head wounds: two on the forehead, one in the back. It was the one in the back that was serious. There was literally a pool of blood in my driveway. Ruth & Paul (God was looking out for me when I somehow managed to make these two my friends) rushed over, and we rushed to the ER. Long story short: bad concussion, seven staples, bed rest for about a week, massive painkillers. I can assure you, he's never going to open the hood of a running car ever again.

In a way, though, it had a positive effect. We got to walk in the other's shoes for a little while, and it was definately eye-opening and led to some really good conversations.

Reason number two: my kids got a head cold, and so did I. Their cold lasted about three days...mine turned into pneumonia. I'm still wrestling with it, but I am getting better. Luckily, Dr. Fetus came to the rescue with a huge bottle of that nasty cough syrup that worked so well when I had bronchitis last year. Necessary, naturally, because coughing aggrivates the trigeminal neuralgia. Fortunately, that hasn't been much of a problem until today, and I'm responding well to my meds. Bed rest is boring the ever-loving shit out of me...

Anyhoo, I hope to be around more in the coming weeks. For those who celebrated a holiday yesterday, I hope it was a good one.