I've been dealing with blizzards-- of snow, of illness, of phone calls.
Sunday was the lowest attendance in the 4 years I've been here. It was snowing heavily. People dispersed relatively quickly after worship. I took Daughter out for lunch and then took her home. When I got home, my poor car could not make it up the slope of my driveway. After several attempts, I parked in the street. I was pondering trying to clear the driveway as I walked up to the house. I slipped on the driveway and my arm started to tingle. I think it was telling me not to even think about it.
Yesterday one of the men came over with his snowblower and salt. It still took 3 men to push my car up the driveway to the garage. We cancelled yesterday evening's meeting and I stayed home. Much of the city was shut down. This morning the roads were better, and I was able to get over to the church (where one of our men spent 2 1/2 hrs clearing the sidewalks and such at the church-- there was 3 ft drift in front of the office door. We are supposed to get more snow overnight. I hope it's not too much.
We have 3 people right now struggling with very serious illnesses. Two are facing death, and one is facing major lifestyle changes. All of them are relatively young. (Of course, my definition of young changes with each passing year.) I'm providing care to the patients and their families and to all the church members who are upset by these illnesses.
The final blizzard is the most frustrating. Daughter is manic. She is calling me multiple times a day, and texting when she isn't calling. She sent a text at 2 in the morning informing me she wanted to learn to drive and she needed a Ford truck. She has a new boyfriend, and wants to get engaged. She informed me this morning that they will be getting married in November.
She is driving me buggy. She has decided she doesn't trust the new staff member, C. Of course, she didn't like the old staff member, R, until the new one arrived. Last night I received a call from Home Owner. Daughter was refusing to take her meds from C. She wanted to wait for R to get back. R wasn't going to be back until morning. She had taken one of the residents to the ER, and she had been admitted. Home Owner had asked her to spend the night with the resident at the hospital. She did finally take her meds. She gets on a roll and is calling me every 20 minutes. Her mood can change drastically between phone calls. The snow has kept them home the last two days. I hope she can go in tomorrow, though we are supposed to get more snow tonight.
I'm hoping all the blizzards are almost over.