For us so far, 2023 has been the year of dodging bullets.
That's what the pews are in the title, if you were wondering. And unlike every time my phone autocorrects to duck—ducking autocorrect—I actually meant duck.
Which, let's be honest, I pretty much never mean. And it makes me incredibly ducking frustrated that with all the internet knows about me, my phone is always like, "Oh, lovey, I think you mean ducking. Here, let me change that for you."
I am of course to be grateful for very scary situations turning out as best case scenario, but halfway into the month of January (which generally seems to last three years, but technically speaking, only lasts 31 days), I am utterly exhausted.
On Thursday night, I walked into the kitchen to find my mom bent over in an L-shape, clutching the kitchen table.
I asked what was wrong as I rushed over.
She couldn't speak and she couldn't move. I held her around the waist and pulled a chair towards us, but she was rigid. I was scared she'd fall. Or we'd fall.
I was just scared.
Nick and the kids had gone to bed, so I yelled for Nick to come help. I think I was kind of panic shrieky.
He ran downstairs and took my mom while I called 911.
Nick laid her down gently on the floor, at which point she opened her eyes and was able to speak.
The fire truck and ambulance arrived fairly quickly, and soon our kitchen was filled with EMTs.
One of them was trying to get the timeline of events, and she asked what time the behavior started. I gave her the approximate time I walked into the kitchen. But I said I didn't know how long my mom had been like that.
So then she asked my mom, who had no idea. So she said, "When was the last time you were normal?"
And Betty was all, "Normal? Probably never."
They did a number of tests and told her they'd be taking her to the hospital.
To which she said, "I'd really prefer not to go."
Everyone not on the floor agreed that it was best that the lady on the floor who couldn't sit up without becoming extremely dizzy did, in fact, need to be escorted bodily to the hospital.
So she went.
The waiting room was packed, and I had to wait for her to be admitted until I could join her in the back. Even arriving in an ambulance, it took her a while to get checked in.
When I got to her in the back, they were getting ready to take her for an MRI.
The nurse left the room and my mom said, "She asked if I was allergic to anything. And I said Republicans."
I told her she just might need a Republican caregiver, so please not to repeat that, and maybe tell them something helpful like her actual drug allergy.
In any case, I left at 2:00 am still not knowing anything but confident they'd at least keep her the night for observation.
As I was to learn Friday, she'd had a small stroke. Very small. Like, barely visible on the MRI. Thank god.
And my little mama also had Covid! What the Dickens?
Thank science and human ingenuity, she wasn't sick.
I tested all of us Friday, and we were all negative. We continue to be.
I picked her up late yesterday afternoon.
She's now testing negative.
She's exhausted but OK.
Not normal, but please, we have no expectation of that.