Tuesday, June 21, 2016

We are Home!

We left the ranch a little after 1:00 yesterday afternoon. There was no way I could hurry the process of packing our things and closing up the camper  for what will more than likely be several months.
I douby we get to go back until fall when the weather cools off. Our routine is that I do the packing and cleaning up and Louis Dean takes it all out to load in the truck. In the heat of a Texas summer - this is quite a chore for an older guy and he had to come in and cool off several times. His son came down and helped us finish the last of it! We brought enough STUFF to stay an entire month!
WHY, oh, WHY do we do this???
Normally my heart is just a touch sad at leaving but this time I was beyond ready!
 We were there 7 days and 5 of them were wonderful so I can't complain that I was in bad shape from Saturday morning on.

I never get tired of looking at the scenery. The horses were meandering around along the side of the road leading up to the gate.

Louis Dean has been my knight in shining armor!
He's been doing all the driving since May 19th! I'm hoping I haven't forgotten how to drive and walk right! Just as we started down the road after closing the gate, we saw a roadrunner. Louis Dean pointed it out to me and then put the truck in reverse and backed up some before rolling down the windows. I asked what he was doing. "I thought you would want to take a picture!" So I did but it wasn't a good one. Still, that just goes to show you what a sweet man he is. It also shows how sick I am to not even think about taking pictures!

I called the doctor when we got to the Interstate and, since he was in surgery all day and since we were still at least 2 hours away. I was given the option of going to the Emergency Room when I got into town or seeing my doctor at 1:00 Tuesday afternoon.
I chose to wait for my doctor. 
It takes both of us to drive when we are in traffic or on the highway.
Traffic was awful and we missed one turn when we were on the edge of town. It was an important turn as we ended up in Dallas! We made the best of it by coming in the back way instead of any highway. Moving is a whole lot better than sitting in traffic even if it is the long way around.

We made it home by 4:30 and then, once again, Louis Dean did the unloading while I unpack, put the food back in the pantry, fridge and freezer and started the laundry! After the sun went down we both went out to water our scorched flowers and plants. I didn't think about it being full fledged summertime when we left so I didn't get anyone to water for us.

I knew Kailey was going to have to have tubes put in her ears but on the way home I discovered the doctors have pushed this up and it would be the next morning!!
Amber was going to take all four kids with her!
We just wouldn't hear of THAT so after being home 6 whole hours, we packed a bag and went over to Quadville to spend the night and keep the other three while the parents took Kailey.
Since we are not 'morning people' it was a whole lot easier to just go over before bed.
When we arrived Amber had freshened up the guest room, lit a candle and the house was fragrant with the aroma of fresh banana bread still in the oven! She even had a large bottle of flavored water for me all chilled and everything! Everything looked so nice! I took a shower and we went right to bed.

It's a good thing we were there this morning because Logan woke us up telling us Harrison was sitting on the toilet and had thrown up all over himself. Yup! He was sick - again!

So was Trystan. She could barely eat breakfast because her throat was hurting.

Logan is the only one that's NOT sick!

I have to brag a little bit about the kids!
Even sick, they know how to do their morning routine.
They get up, wash their faces, brush their teeth and put on their clothes!

It thrills my heart that Amber and Mike are already teaching them to be responsible!
I did very little this morning other than play Finding Dory with them and propping my foot up while I drank coffee. Granddad found a Bubble Guppy program so he was watching that with them while I was getting dressed to go to MY doctor.

Kailey did fine with getting the tubes in her ears!
Rayne (who is in Puerto Rico for the summer) Facetimed Kailey and assured her that SHE had had the very same thing done and it was going to be fine and then Kailey could hear with no popping noises!! Plus Kailey took her Mommy's Cheap *** Easter Bunny with her. That stuffed animal has sure been around!!!

As soon as Amber and Mike got home, WE left!
Louis Dean stopped to get gas and this is what I saw right in front of me.

It's HOT in Texas, folks, and you use whatever shade you can find!!
These workers seemed pretty cheerful to me as they ate their lunch under the truck!

I'm sure I look funny with my feet up on the dashboard!
That's the way I have been riding ever since May 19th when I had my surgery!
Kailey insisted I take the little stuffed dog they had given her this morning at the hospital with me to my doctor's appointment! Sweet, SWEET girl!!
She told her Mommy as they were coming home, "I can't wait to see my Granddad!"

We made it to the doctor and he was perplexed as to why I would be having an infection NOW - four whole weeks AFTER surgery!!!

The x-rays looked great! You can even see the screws in there!

He could tell by looking at the x-rays that new bone is actually growing.
Bottom line, he gave me two different presciptions for antibiotics and said if I wasn't better in 48 hours I would be admitted to the hospital.

He also drew a line around the infected part and said if it spread outside that line to call him.
He asked me if I had had gout before and I have not.
There's a possibility that's what this is. I hope not.
We were relieved to have a treatment plan so we decided to go out for lunch at one of Louis Dean's favorite places - Golden Corral. Would you believe we got LOST trying to get back to the Interstate??
We were in Arlington but we still shouldn't be getting lost!

We finally made it and it was nice to just sit and visit while we ate.
We left there and got lost AGAIN! These highways are so twisted and convoluted it's a wonder we get around as good as we do!
During this time I got a message from Amber - she had taken Harrison and Trystan to the doctor after we left - that Harrison has strep throat - again!! Trystan running fever. Both on antibiotics! Stronger ones this time. So far Logan is doing well! She's like our sister, Nita! Last one standing!
We are just hoping and praying that Kailey and Logan don't get sick!

We made it home and I went to bed! I will pretty much stay here off and on for the next few days hoping that by Friday morning I will have recovered enough to be back on track in this healing process!

I do love our bedroom and I have books and games so it is easy to stay entertained.
I slept for a few hours and thought I'd sit up and do my journal entry before I go outside and do a little bit of watering.

I really do appreciate all the kind thoughts and prayers and the messages and emails.
Our grandson, Robert, called tonight and since we hadn't talked in a long time, I had a lot to tell him!
He could not believe all the things that have happened since that large portion of tree fell on our gazebo months ago! I went down the list of of stuff and he said, "It appears to me that everyone you love and care about has been ill, in the hospital, struggling with health issues or is taking care of someone who is!" Pretty much! EXCEPT for Robert! 


He had only good news and I was so grateful to hear that!

Tonight I am claiming this scripture!

Matthew 11:28
"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."


Linda said...

I don't think I've ever been to Arlington that I didn't get lost. Seems to me there's more traffic out your way than in Fort Worth, though I doubt I would try to drive in Ft. Worth anymore. I'm sure it's grown a lot since we lived there. I hope you begin to see improvement soon, as in tomorrow on that foot. It truly takes a village to raise quads. Good you were able to help. I don't believe I'd be able to tolerate Texas heat anymore. Sounds to me like fall may be the best time to visit the ranch. Spring was too wet, and summer is too hot. Good you have LD in your life.

Deanna Rabe said...

Praying for you and those quads, and their parents!

Martha Diener said...


Vee said...

Robert's pithy comment is so true! This all strikes me as being under the heading You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down. Praying for the quads and for you. Must tell you that Louis Dean's expression perfectly illustrates the "Would you believe that we got lost?"

Kathy said...

I am so glad you got to the doctor and got antibiotics. I am praying they help and you will be back to yourself by the end of the week. Praying for the quads too. I hate when little ones are sick.

Susie said...

LInda, You just gotta love that Robert. A wonderful young man...Now I wonder where he got all that sweetness...Yes, Some times Knights don't wear armor, they wear bib overalls. (LD) I am going to be praying for all of you. Sit still and get well woman. I think of Amber, praying she can hold it all together...it's hard on young moms when the kids are sick. Blessings to all of you, love you guys, xoxo, Susie

Sandra said...

hope those antibiotics kick you foot in the butt and also kick that sore throat thing in the butts of the quads. now that Robert mentioned it, i see it has been one thing after the other ever since the tree fell. it is time for murphy to leave town... scary thing getting lost... reminded me of a trip my dad took down here, he got lost in Tampa because he got off the interstate. he used a pay phone to call a cab. when the cab got there, he asked him to lead him to the correct entrance onto the interstate, he said i will pay you the cab fare, when the cab got to the interstate he said no charge, have a nice day...

Changes in the wind said...

Whew...you barely leave the ranch and everything gets fast paced! So glad that the xrays look good and hope it settles down with the medication.

Carol Slater said...

What a tiring post! I get tired just reading all of this. Sorry that the quads are sick and especially,with strep.
The horses are beautiful and I am sorry that you did not get to stay longer. Take care of yourself.

LV said...

That is why I am just dealing with my bad feet. I have heard the surgery sometimes worse than the cause. At my age just tolerate it. Trust things will take a turn for the better with you. I can relate to the highways. It is awful how they have changed up the highways. I try to avid the freeways at all times. I take all the round about ways.

Ginny Hartzler said...

Oh MY, Linda! You are a real trouper! You jump right in and help, even though you are sick yourself. The kids do look very low key and kind of unwell.Poor babies.I want a day by day report on your foot! I will be praying that you do not have to go to the E.R.! And I MUST see the road runner, even if it is a bad picture! They are so goofy looking, and I used to love that cartoon.

Carole said...

Linda, all the best for it not being gout. I have had that a few times and I think your skin doesn't look as taut as mine was - so here's hoping it's just a bit of inflammation! We always say RICE is best - Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation! Maybe you should binge watch a tv series to keep you still - I have been enjoying Outlander. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Wanda said...

Linda you are such a trooper. I read every word of your blog post, and my heart just goes out to you. You do so much for others, no matter what's going on in your life or health. I love your bedroom, it's so cozy. I love ours too. My second favorite room...I still love my little kitchen best of all.
Will continue to hold you in our hearts and prayers.

Blondie's Journal said...

You have been through the mill, Linda...you and LD because I can't imagine ANYONE going that many hours with one obstacle and problem after another. I pray I am as good of a grandmother as you are. And I hope all of those precious kids get over the flu and that Kailey gets well with the tubes.

I am so sorry but I can't remember what your surgery was for...a bunion? I had that and I became terribly infected by the pin they put in. 4 weeks turned into twelve and I was in insane pain. Gosh, I'm sure that didn't make you feel too good.

Your bed looks comfy. STAY there!!!

Love and hugs to both of you...


Cheapchick said...

My dear friend, I am so sorry you are feeling poorly and the kids too. Time for some good energy to go your way - healing energy!

Gypsy Heart said...

You need to get in that bed and rest, ice your foot and keep it elevated! So many care about you so please take good care!

My son had strep throat constantly as a little one. ENT Dr said removing the tonsils would help and yes, it did! He was like a different child and so healthy. Hoping the quads are much better!


Penny said...

Oh Linda, your poor foot, and the quads unwell too. I am so sorry to read this X