"if you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room"

Sunday, April 13, 2014

back "home" again

We have been really busy the last several days catching up and doing "family" things. We arrived at our daughter and son in law's home Saturday afternoon and are all set up in their driveway. Rudee's Mom was not feeling well when we went to visit her and had been getting treatment for bronchitis from her doctor but did not seem to be getting better. Wednesday afternoon the doctor sent her to the local emergency room for some IV antibiotics and oxygen. Rudee met the ambulance there and after a couple of hours of treatment they decided to admit her. We have been visiting her each day since and her condition has improved quite a bit. Yesterday they transferred her to a rehabilitation facility to help get her back on her feet again. She has now been diagnosed with COPD caused by the many years of living with and around people who smoked. Rudee's Dad smoked heavily and passed away last year of lung cancer so she was exposed to all that second hand smoke for over 50 years that they were married. Her sister who lives next door to their Mother and helps her with a lot of her daily chores is also a heavy cigarette smoker. I know quitting is tough, I quit a two pack a day habit about 10 years ago, and I'm not going to judge someone who feels they cannot quit but, the simple fact is, Rudee's Mom can no longer tolerate anyone smoking around her so the days of simply "lighting one up" inside her house (or in her car) are over.

Yesterday afternoon our daughter and her neighbor had a combined birthday party for our grand daughter and two of the neighbors children who shared April birthdays. We had quite the garage full!

The guys had other work to do before and after the party. Our daughter's house in in the country and they have a well for water. Saturday morning they woke up and no water! We checked everything we could before deciding to pull the in ground pump as it looked like that may be the issue. Son in Law Ryan borrowed a nearby back hoe to make the job easier and we got the pump removed in about an hour. He found that the well casing was leaking at one of the connections and the pump had injected a bunch of clay ruining it. We made a trip to town after the party and got a new pump and all the parts needed to make the repair. Their well pump only goes down about 50' and it looks like they will need to go deeper to get a consistent supply of water but at least they have some flow again. Here is our son Matt and son in law Ryan inspecting the hole. :-)

The weather has been pretty decent the last several days and looks like it may continue with only a slight cool down for the coming week. We are looking forward to seeing some of our friends and of course keep up our spoiling duties! I'll keep you posted.

1 comment:

  1. Enjoy your family time. COPD is very bad, my dad had it from smoking to many years, my mom has it, now Al's sister is also diagnosed with it. Sure am glad I never took up the habit, and can't stand to be anywhere near it (sometimes a hazard being in Campbellsville!).