First, was the one where Max my boy pug ate so much kitty roca that he ended up with impacted bowels and couldn't poop. So I took him to the vet and spent $200 only to have him crap all over the floor before I even got to pay the bill.
Then there was the one where we all saw a naturopath who gave us remedies. I was optimistic that this would improve our health, but instead got an ear that hurt like hell and bled. I stopped taking the little pellets and my ear feels better. It is probably a coincidence, but I am not taking any chances after what happened last night.
At 10:30 Mr. Tantrum came to tell me that he was taking his dad to the Emergency Room. I promptly went from almost asleep to panic mode. I also then didn't sleep a wink all night.
It appears now that my Father in Law was experiencing numbness in his right side, and had been advised to go to the ER to get checked out. That advice was good because it appears that he had a mild stroke. He spent the night in the hospital and most of the day there having every test run and being monitored. Neither of these things are calming for him. He is exactly like me, Type A over achiever that cannot sit still if we are sedated and tied to a chair.
We have run the gamut of emotions today from sheer terror to laughter about what he now can have. (Someone suggested shots of Olive Oil, someone else a diet of entirely celery and Hawthorne berry.) About all I finally feel is relief that he is going to be okay, and that there is no long term damage from the incident.
I am thankful that when he actually had the stroke he was with someone that actually got him to sit down and take an aspirin. (He thought he was having a mild heart attack or something....which either way the aspirin more than likely broke up the clot.)
I am thankful that we all will continue to be together (all 19,000 of us, cats, dogs, sheep and koalas) for a lot longer. I am worried about my parents too, because they aren't old enough for this stuff, and heck my father in law is a really healthy guy. But the stress of the last year probably didn't help with this either.....stress increases Blood Pressure and other things. So we are going to cook better, lower fat fresher foods that still taste good, and we are all taking up jogging at the command of Bacon...although somehow I think that when we are done with the jog we aren't going to be getting any bacon for breakfast anymore.