Today started out cold and rainy, but turned out to be beautiful and sunny. We have some additional visitors for a couple of days – a college friend of Lou's and his wife are in town. They are out and about seeing the area, but it's nice to catch up.
Kathy, Steve, and I went out for a driving tour to check out the sights – photos coming tomorrow.
Lou had a nightmare last night – I had to wake him up because he was screaming, “No, No, No,” and moving his legs like he was running. Apparently he was being abducted by alien doctors wearing black suits …??!?? Maybe I shouldn't have shared the “Monsters, Monster, Monsters” sleep walking episode at The Mt. Vernon house at dinner last night.
Lou said the pups were perfect angels for him this afternoon (Stitch is sleeping with his bat – a toy the kids brought him. He carries it everywhere.):
Apologies for the apparently heart racing title of yesterday’s post. You know I wouldn’t post any bad news and surprise you all.
Things continue to progress nicely here. Lou was up early – already has two walks in and a trip to the lab for blood work. And, ate a nice sandwich – that Kathy made (she is feeling fine). And, she made one for me too!!! We are being spoiled.
Stitch steals Lou’s sock
But, he brings it back.
Some morning photos from around the homestead:
The leaves on this tree are still yellow, but the early morning sun makes them look orange
The leaves on this tree really are orange
Steve swept all the leaves off the deck, and they came right back …
Found a Baby Orange Crush hiding in the trees by the road
Maybe we can keep this one too
The ferns have pretty much turned – some of these were all white
Across the street
Project Armageddon has moved to the front yard and driveway – more to come
Now that I have your attention, please continue reading …
Last night, shortly after 11pm, I heard a sound at our bedroom door. I figured it was the dogs, since they were staying with Kathy & Steve. And then, there was a quiet, “Sharon.” OK, I don’t think Natasha learned to speak while we were gone. I got up, and there was Steve – asking if I knew where the emergency room was.
Whoa – what’s going on? Lou is right here, sleeping. Turns out Kathy had a really bad nosebleed that wouldn’t stop. OK, I figured it was easier to show them where it was, so we trooped off to Belfast.
Oops, as we started to pull out of the driveway, the dogs started barking. Ummm, yeah, perhaps we needed a contingency plan for that. (Lou ended up opening the bedroom door and yelling at them to quiet down).
This is what the front of the Waldo County Emergency Entrance looks like close to midnight:
Of course, by now, the nosebleed had stopped. But we checked in quickly and Kathy was about to be seen, when a woman in an ambulance shows up (looking ok, I might add). Coming in an ambulance trumps walking in, so Kathy had a short delay before being seen by the doctor. Anyway, we were in and out within an hour. The doctor wasn’t much help, and Kathy is good today.
We also learned Maine Hospital Protocol (something confirmed during the previous weeks) – It is best to take at least 6 visitors with you when you go to the Hospital, even the emergency room. The little waiting room was filled with family members checking on “Sis.”
Kathy was anxious to show Lou her new bracelet this morning:
Lou had a better night’s sleep, even with the excitement. He said we were just missing the helicopter landing on the roof … He was up and about this morning, not having any trouble navigating the stairs. The dogs are still checking him out, but being gentle.
Oh – and the point of this post – Do you know where your nearest emergency room is (for people and pets)? Do you have instructions ready for guests who might be staying at your house, kindly taking care of your pets? We will have, from now on…
Got released at about 1:30pm and made it home safely. Lou checked in with the landscapers and the dogs, then went upstairs to rest. It's 5:30pm and he just came back down for a soda. The dogs are being gentle so far.
All is well – Lou is feeling better each day. He just finished his dinner (turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and orange sherbet). I do laugh when I see him eating at 5pm, but am happy to see he has an appetite.
Note – he needs his compression socks back on, but I am refusing to help, since he laughed at me.
Since Lou won’t let me take his photo, I went out for a drive this morning and took a few shots.