Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tornado day.

Thanks to climate change, Monday was a tornado so I was off work. A tornado day is like a snow day, you can't go to work because of the bad weather, only this time instead of snow banks blocking us, the city was trashed and many places were shut down. Friday we had a high F3, a high F2 and an F1 tear through the Ottawa area. Amazingly since most people were still at work and school, there were no deaths. Many areas look like a war zone or like we live in tornado alley. Many of you are probably thinking, "I didn't know Canada gets bad tornadoes like that in September", we don't. Tornados this powerful have never happened before anywhere in Canada in September. A few in summer out west but we used to get mostly F0 or F1. It will be interesting to see how the deniers will scramble to explain away this. I feel so bad for the people who have no home to return to, actually many don't even have a street to return to.

 It's after one in the morning and I am sitting in the hospital with mom. She thought she was having chest pains again and so the home is obligated to treat it as a heart attack. We have been here since 8 p.m. and we finally saw a doctor. My diagnosis was anxiety, I know because I know mom. She still hasn't slept and I think her new medications are too strong for her system even though they don't work. I predict that they will do nothing, it's a wasted night. After many test they said it's anxiety, that there is nothing they can do, a waste of time. Welcome to my life.

 I don't know how she can keep this up, I'm exhausted and want to sleep, she has been walking non stop in circles around the room since 8 p.m. no exaggeration, I can't even get her to sit down. We are waiting for a final blood test and then we can go home after two in the morning. Guess I will miss work tomorrow.


1st Man said...

Hello! I'm a fellow blogger and visit all my favorite blogs but don't always have time to comment. But I read every word. I felt the need to comment and let you know that people out here care about you. We care about your mom. Many of us have been through this with parents, grandparents and other loved ones. It's so tough. There are times when it just seems like this can't go on, for either of you. Just remember that even in the darkest of times, the times you are tired beyond tired, the times you think you just don't know how much more you can take, just remember all the people across the world that have your back. We do. We care.

Hang in there!

Sixpence Notthewiser said...

When it rains it pours, no? Hold on there.


anne marie in philly said...

my BIL/SIL went thru this with my MIL. but my MIL was living with them. it got too much and MIL was placed in a care facility. when she passed, everyone was relieved.

Mistress Maddie said...

With all that's going on, your definelty not in Kanas.

Deedles said...

Tornadoes in September? I didn't know Canada had tornadoes at all! It always seemed like such a serene country to me. Of course, I'm notoriously geographically challenged.
This is going to sound trite but it is sincerely meant. Take some time out for yourself everyday. Even if it's only a few minutes. Breathe deep, hug a bunny, eat a chicken, contemplate your navel or clean the lint out of it. Do not, I repeat, do not go walking outside into the arms of a tornado no matter how tempting it may be! Do not neglect taking care of yourself. We are here if you need to vent. Sending you more granny hugs.

Michael said...

Hi Steven,
Tornados are scary things. We had six here last a week ago Monday, and we don't usually get them. I was stuck at school for 3 1/2 hours with middle school students. That is a nightmare in itself. And it happened right at dismissal. I am so sorry to read about what you are dealing with. I know it must be very trying and difficult. I hope that some of the comments that your fellow bloggers write will in some way give you some comfort. Thank you for keeping us updated about what is going on. You are in my thoughts.

Old Lurker said...

If you would like, I can ask Patriot Lurker to explain away tornadoes for you.

I must say that treating every chest pain as a heart attack sounds like a big and unnecessary burden on the health care system, in addition to being an annoyance to you. Thank goodness USAians don't have to deal with such inefficiencies.

Did you get some sleep? Did you have to skip work?

JohnMichael said...

I hope she is alright.

Stay safe in these tornados.

Ur-spo said...

I have never heard of a tornado day; fascinating !