And a good time was had by all…
This was the annual New Year’s Chinese dinner get-together for all the Tehachapi Depot Signal Crew friends and our out of town guests. Robert and I have been celebrating the new year by eating out at a Chinese restaurant on New Year’s day for more than 40 years now. When we moved to Tehachapi 10 years ago, we brought the tradition with us. We always have a great time and I make some kind of favor for people to take home as a reminder of their good time.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, was a turning point in Robert and my lives. He had his second cataract surgery that morning and that night, in the wee hours of Wednesday, November 16, he woke me rummaging around in the bedroom in the dark — he’d gone to bed with a fever and a horrible chest cough. I had given him a dose of generic Nyquil and put him to bed about 8:30 p.m. Now, at 3:30. a.m., he was carrying on about not being able to find his slippers. I got up and turned on the bathroom light, figuring that his eye would still be very sensitive to light, and asked him what he was looking for. He was agitated and burning up with fever, but shaking wildly. I wound up calling 911 and the paramedics took his temperature (103.6) and his blood sugar reading (187). Off to Tehachapi Hospital we went. I followed in our car and by mid-morning on Wednesday, it was decided that Robert needed to be transferred to a hospital in Bakersfield.
The next three days were spent with Robert hooked up to IV’s with antibiotics and medications. Tests revealed that he’d had a severe urinary tract infection and more importantly, his left kidney had died some time in the past and his right kidney was doing all of the work. The right kidney was functioning at 98%. The Urologist that was called in to consult with us that the left kidney would have to be removed. He told Robert to call and make an appointment to see him. The first appointment we obtained was for December 20th, and it got moved to tomorrow, January 3, 2017. We will learn when and what the dr. plans to do about Robert’s kidney situation.
I haven’t been very faithful about writing these past few weeks — it’s just been kind of a ‘moving through the days’ period, trying to get through the holidays. Friends developed severe health problems, and this put me in a more introspective mood, thinking of our own health situation and how many years we might have before we faced more major health issues as our friends were doing.
Be safe, be well (please), and do be happy. Happiness is an attitude and it can be changed in the split second that you think of something other than unhappy thoughts. Know that you are loved beyond measure. Take comfort in that knowledge, and be kind to others.