Well, it has certainly been A WEEK. I had to look back at my calendar to check and see if this really was the first week of school. It seems like at least two weeks ago. But yes, it was only Tuesday that I put Becca on the school bus for her first day of her sophomore year, and by Thursday, schools all over our area were closed.
It was not due to Covid, ironically. As you probably know, Hurricane Ida swept through our area on Wednesday, leaving many neighborhoods and city streets under water. Thankfully we were spared, but when I ventured out on Friday, I realized just how bad our area was hit. Everywhere we tried to go, we ran into detours and road closures. It’s going to take a while to recover from this one, but school was back in session on Friday.
That made Becca happy because she was looking forward to the first home football game of the season on Friday night. And it made this momma happy because I really enjoyed my quiet house on Tuesday and Wednesday. I would like to have a few more days like that before Covid starts to ramp up around here.
Speaking of Covid ramping up, Caroline and her roommate were part of a pooled saliva test at her college this week that came up positive. That means everyone in that group had to get a PCR test to determine who the infected individuals are, so they were on pins and needles for about 36 hours waiting for that. Fortunately, both she and her roommate were confirmed negative and allowed to resume normal activities, but I’m afraid it’s just a matter of time.
I know I was the one promising you all this would end eventually, and I know it will, but I never imagined we would still be in the weeds at this point. All we can do is keep on keeping on, but I am weary of it all, as I’m sure you are. I don’t always agree with how things are being handled by the powers that be, but I’m trying to give everyone a lot of grace as we continue to navigate these muddy waters.
In other news, I somehow got the harebrained idea to buy a new car in the middle of all this. So in addition to getting Becca ready to back to school and fielding all the phone calls from Caroline as she’s adjusting to life at college, I’ve been in and out of car dealerships for the past few weeks. This was definitely not the best time to take on this project, but once I got the ball rolling, I felt like I had to see it through.
Despite the delays due to the flooding and power outages in our area, Paul and I were able to pick up my new car on Thursday, so that’s kind of fun. I downsized a bit, going from an MDX to an RDX, and I got some of the newer features I’ve been wanting.
Then we were up bright and early on Friday morning to take Paul to the hospital for his colon resection surgery. We were having trouble finding open roads, but we finally got there and were only a few minutes late. The surgery went pretty well, insofar as they were able to remove the part of the intestine that needed to be removed and put it back together, but there were complications that made it difficult. Fortunately this doctor has a lot of experience and was able to make it work.
I spent the hours during surgery in a local coffee shop, and once the doctor called and said Paul was in recovery, I went back over to the hospital to wait there. It was still a while before they took him up to this room, but I finally got to see him by mid-afternoon. He has a nice private room with lots of natural light, so at least it’s a fairly pleasant place to be, if he has to be in a hospital.
I stayed with him for a couple of hours, and then once I was satisfied that he was doing okay, I left so I could go to the high school football game to see Becca play in the marching band. It made for a very long day, but I hated for her not to have anyone there — especially when we missed the marching band Fall Preview while we were getting Caroline settled in at college.
Since this was the first home football game with a full crowd and band presence since Covid brought life as we knew it to a screeching halt, it was quite the festive occasion. Everyone was just so happy to be there and having a Friday night that felt somewhat normal, the excitement was palpable. I’m not much of a football fan, but I do enjoy the atmosphere, and I sat with a friend, so that was fun. It made for a very long day, but I’m glad I went.
Then yesterday, Becca and I went back to the hospital to visit Paul for a few hours. It’s about 40 minutes from here, so it does make driving back and forth to see him pretty time consuming, but I’m so glad he is where he is. He’s getting really good care, and his room is in a newer section that is really bright and pretty and pristine. It’s about as pleasant as a hospital gets.
As of today, things are still up in the air as to when he will come home. I’m encouraging him to stay there as long as they will keep him because I know what it’s like to bring someone home too soon after abdominal surgery. We did that with our son, and I’ll regret it as long as I live. As dramatic as that sounds, it’s true. It is one of my biggest regrets as a parent.
All that to say, Paul is improving, but he has a ways to go. We knew recovery would be rough, but it’s definitely being complicated by the issues they ran into during surgery. We’re praying for continued healing and no lingering infection. I’ve been sharing updates on my IG Story, and they’re saved to the Life Lately highlight, but I’ll also be sharing updates in my daily newsletter throughout the week.
With that, I’m off to get myself looking presentable so we can head over to the hospital in a bit. If you missed it, I updated my Labor Day Weekend Sales with some new picks. If any of the sales change tomorrow, I’ll be sure to let you know, and Cyndi and I are also kicking off our fall fashion series. We will be styling a different fall color trend every Monday this month, so stay tuned for that.
I hope you have a blessed Sunday!