And when it gets that way, I narrow my focus. You’d think, as a writer, that my writing outlet would be at the top of my list, but for some reason I have a hard time blogging when things get weird.
The time from Thanksgiving to Christmas, in particular, has been super challenging.
See, Ruby started coughing. She ran a little fever, too. I thought she had a cold, and since we don’t have health insurance I put off taking her to a doctor for a few days. Yeah. She had pneumonia. She spent two days in our local hospital and was released on Thanksgiving day.
The oral antibiotic they gave her didn’t work against the bacteria that caused her pneumonia, so in the week between release and first follow up appointment, her lung got much sicker. She actually felt better, because her lung got sick enough that it actually formed a protein coating around itself and just stopped trying to work–so no coughing.
So, she and I ended up in Las Vegas. She was in the hospital for two weeks, had surgery to drain fluid from the area around her lung, the surgeon had to scrape her lung as well and was surprised to find that some of her lung actually died. She had a chest tube for her sixth birthday, lost 12 of her 72 pounds and hasn’t been in school since the Monday before Thanksgiving. We had to spend nearly a month in Las Vegas, so that her lung could be monitored by her specialist. She’s vastly improved now and will be back in school following Christmas break. Still not 100 percent–her energy is fairly low and her appetite isn’t totally back yet. But for a while there, I had almost forgotten what the old Ruby was like. I’ve never had a sicker kid.
On a lighter note, I have lots of ideas for blogging in the New Year. I’m so embarrassed by neglecting this blog, that I have been tempted to start over. Slink away, and pretend I never just let this one slip by. In the end, I realized that I love this blog. I love you. I’ll try not to abandon you again.
Stay tuned tomorrow for notes on my ideas for 2011.