Where do I start with the past 24 hours?
Friday night was spent watching house of the flying daggers, whilst the husband snoozed on the sofa.
We went to bed at about 11 pm, and just as I was dropping off the phone rang. Now, unless you are some kind of party animal (I am not) the only calls you get at that time are family ones and bring bad news, so when I saw it was my best friend on the phone I was a little panicked.
Apparently she was just on her way to the hospital, following the ambulance that was taking her daughter (Miss G's best friend) into accident and emergency with chronic stomach pains, which she was presuming was appendicitis. Would I come to hold her hand?
Of course I would. That's what best friends do, isn't it?
Up I jump, dash to get dressed, and just as I am doing so the husband starts hollering 'there's a bat in the house'. A what? 'A bat - LOOK!!!'. Sure enough, flapping it's leathery little wings around the bedroom was a bat. How the hell do you get a bat out of your house? The husband suggested a net. Sadly we are lacking in emergency bat catching nets, so I suggested he chased it out, and dashed off down to the hospital.
When I arrived at the accident and emergency department - eerily quiet for a Friday night. Maybe as a result of the recession? Not so much cash for nights out = less chance of drunken accidents. I might have stumbled upon something positive to come out of this strapped for cash situation we all find ourselves in.
Anyway, I'm digressing...Sash (my best friend) greeted me with a mask to put on. Apparently Eby was showing signs of swine flu as well as suspected appendicitis. Plus a water infection as well as the throat infection she already had and was on antibiotics for (that girl - when she's poorly, she really likes to get her money's worth).
Looking good, aren't we?...
3 hours later, we are told she is to be moved to a different hospital, where all the suspected swine flu cases are, and when there the doctors would take her bloods and test for what was going on. Crikey, what started off as a relatively simple possible appendicitis was turning into a whole different kettle of fish.
I left the hospital at around 2am, when they were getting ready to move her in the ambulance to the other hospital, and returned home to the bat infested house.
Actually, by now the bat had left out a window. I'm not sure how the little bugger got in, it must have snuck in the door when I was letting the cats in earlier. Maybe it hasn't left out a window at all, maybe it is still cozied up somewhere, nice and quiet, ready for another night of flapping around my bedroom. I'll have to let you know.
Today (after not enough hours sleep) we set off on an enforced family fun day for some sushi lunch, and to watch the walking with dinosaurs live show. Ginger thought we were going to the cinema, he couldn't really get his little curly head round it at all. 'Can I kiss them?' he asked. 'Probably not' I answered, they might bite.
The show was awesome, 2 hours long, so not so long that my poor legs were completely crippled by the lack of legroom, or so short that I thought 'well, that was a waste of money'. It was educational, and fun. I'd highly recommend going to see it, if you happen to have a show coming to you, and you have a child. Miss G is not particularly enthralled by dinos, but she thought it was amazing too. Ginger's face just about sums it up, really....
Just look at the tender mama and baby t-rex moment. Sweet.
So, back to Eby and the hospital. Her swine flu blood tests wont be back for a few days, she isn't reacting well to tami-flu, and is getting quite sick from it. They don't think she has appendicitis (thankfully), but think her stomach pain is from swollen glands due to an infection - which could be swine flu related, or something else (like I said, she was already on antibiotics for a throat infection). She's ok, not impressed about being in the hospital, but coping very well. Probably really very relieved that she doesn't have to have an operation. Bless her. Miss G phoned her earlier and they managed a brief conversation, along the lines of 'I love you, I miss you'. On the plus side, she is a room by herself, so the chance of her getting something else whilst in the hospital is reduced. Phew. Hopefully she'll be out sometime after the weekend, although the doctors haven't been particularly forthcoming as to how long they'll be keeping her in for.
Tomorrow I am off to my parents' for a couple of days of catching up with family and friends, so let's hope there's no bat incident tonight. Or, even worse, some kind of dinosaur snuck it's way into my handbag and has come home with us. I don't think there's a net big enough for a t-rex, do you?
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