Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Mixed Day

This cloudy, rainy Tuesday started with a dermatology appointment for me to have some more funky looking moles removed, 2 of which were on my face and neck. The looks on the way out of the doctor's office were ones I wasn't ready for. Granted this is no disability and is completely temporary, but I couldn't help but feel the stares from others as I walked out of the clinic with bandages covering my wounds and streaky, blotchy skin from the anesthetic.

Once I arrived back home I went out to the barn to feed the cat and found him lying on the floor not moving. Gator's gone. He was just a kitten when we found him hiding in one of our sheds crying for his mother 3 years ago. We decided to tame him and keep him around to help control the mice population in the barn. Binny named him, and most appropriately considering Gator was quite the wild kitty at first. He would hiss and hide when we came in the barn to feed him but warmed up to us fairly quickly. Lately he would run over when he heard the door of the barn open and rub up against our legs as we scooped food into his pan. Not sure what killed him but from our experience farm cats don't seem to live long very long lives.

As Mae bounded off the school bus she smiled so wide that I could see that she lost another tooth today. This time it was one that was ready to come out, not one that she thought should come out. The tooth Fairy has been notified and has a stop planned for later tonight.

Binny beat me at a game of checkers!

And lastly, Grandma Dee just called to let us know that Grandpa Conrad is in the hospital. He started feeling not so well Monday night and as my grandmother tried to help him to bed he said he would feel best if he went to the hospital instead. So off they went and he was admitted last evening. The culprit seems to be Congestive Heart Failure which is treatable (my grandmother has been hospitalized several times for this as well) but not fun in any case. He's on oxygen and has had several tests including an echocardiogram to check his heart. I spoke with him for a few a minutes before the nurse came in and he had to pass the phone back to Grandma Dee. Grandma says he's doing better but I'm almost positive she'd say that even if he wasn't. I guess I can't blame her for not wanting us to worry, and really we can't do much from two thousand miles away anyhow. He will likely remain in the hospital for another day but hopefully he'll be able to go home on Thanksgiving, which would be something to be thankful for.

So overall, my body hurts, our barn cat is gone, Mae lost a tooth, Binny was victorious at Checkers and Grandpa Conrad is on the mend. One hell of a day.


Wild Child said...

Lots of ups and downs. My own grandmother turned 91 (so your grandpa must have been born in 1917 and mine in 1918). Yes, amazing what's happened since then. Grandma was great at her 90th birthday party and a year later she was run down. Hodgkin's lymphona and she decided to do the chemotherapy. It's been a tough row to hoe for her, but she is tough and seems to be getting better. Hope your grandpa does well.

Bonnie Domrois said...

Hope grandpa feels better soon and is home by Thanksgiving! RIP Gator! Heck of a day--may stability find you soon...then again, what fun would that be?

Riot Kitty said...

Oh! I am so sorry about your kitty. I like my cats more than most people.

Shady Lady said...

Wow, what a day. Go Binny! Yay Mae! Poor kitty. :( Hugs to you and healing thoughts to grandpa.

Kelly said...

Let's all eat a little extra gravy in memory of Gator.

Good thoughts for Grandpa Conrad!


LL Cool Joe said...

Yeah that does sound like a hell of a day.

Sending good wishes to you for your Grandpa.

I've had a few moles removed and the end results are worth it!

t.t. millers said...

Wow! Sounds like a rough one! I am sending smiles your way! =)
and praying for your grandpa. I lost my Poppop two years ago and miss him so much.
Have a happy thanksgiving!

Jenni said...

some days are so much more full than others. hope you have a peaceful holiday.