Well, There’s One Bit of Good News

The res­cued hatch­lings lived through the night. I feel bet­ter now. I’m let­ting the kids sleep in and then we’ll dri­ve down to the wildlife rehab place.

The only sound oth­er than the con­stant hum of var­i­ous PCs is the bur­bling of the foun­tain. Okay, and occa­sion­al­ly the dog throw­ing her­self at the patio door in an attempt to reach the squir­rels. The kids are sleep­ing. The cats are qui­et. The birds are momen­tar­i­ly con­tent. I’ve been ter­ri­bly lazy and there’s no laun­dry going yet and the dish­wash­er is most­ly emp­ty. Very, very qui­et. Unusu­al around here.

My father is hav­ing major surgery on his neck at 10 am. I should be there and I know that my good daugh­ter stock is going down. How­ev­er, he brought up the fact that he isn’t just in the same hos­pi­tal, but in the same wing where Katie’s father died in 1999. And if I go, I’ll have all three kids with me. And I don’t real­ly want to pro­voke a depression/grieving relapse in Katie. Nor do I real­ly know how long the oth­er two will be able to qui­et­ly amuse them­selves in a hos­pi­tal set­ting, and I don’t want to put any of them in a sit­u­a­tion where they are guar­an­teed to get in trouble—that’s stupid.

After Dad­dy recov­ers from the neck surgery, he has to have the same thing done to his low­er back. He had a fusion there in the mid-70s and I guess the war­ran­ty ran out.

He’s such a big, capa­ble, phys­i­cal man that it’s been very dif­fi­cult to imag­ine him lay­ing in a hos­pi­tal bed. Again. The mid-70s surgery was real­ly hard and recov­ery took a long time. I was about 10 then. Maybe I don’t want to go to the hos­pi­tal to pro­tect myself as much as Katie?

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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