When you least expect it…

Living On Oxygen for Life

Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and how we react to that can really show us how much of a team we are. We’re not just married and love each other; we are all-in through thick and thin with all the rollercoasters and good times that make up our life.

Throughout this year, K has been telling me that he really, really needs a vacation on a beach. He’s experienced an emergency visit to an ER clinic for himself at which time I had to bail on him because I developed a MASSIVE migraine while waiting in the patient room with him. Thank goodness his sister came to our rescue so that I could go home leaving him there alone until she got there. (I felt so guilty!) He’s had to deal with working in 100+ degrees heat over the summer. There’s also been my up and down health with the fact that I could no longer do the chores around the house that I used to do, which meant that K had to do them. That’s not all of it but you get the gist, right? So, yeah, he really needed a beach vacation.

I told K that, with the way our budget looked, we were going to have to get creative about being able to afford going on vacation. I knew he really needed it but I was concerned, not only for the financial aspect, but also I wasn’t sure if I could make the 10-hour drive this year. I didn’t want to say no. He works so hard and does so much for me. Thus, came his idea. Out of the blue he said that he wants my help in selling all his McFarlane action figures on eBay and that’s what we did.

We got incredible lucky with a German buyer who bought 5 really large boxes filled with K’s action figures, earning enough money to pay for the hotel in South Padre Island. We actually earned quite a bit of money! So, everything was looking good for our vacation plans. That is until K mentioned a little problem a week and a half before we were to leave.

K had noticed some floaters in his GOOD eye and he knew that he was suppose to call the Optometrist right away. They got him in the next morning. A few hours later, I got a phone call from K while he was in the doctor’s office, asking me if I had already taken my diuretic. *cue the drama music* Luckily, I was still in bed because it was only 10am. (Hey… I sleep in! Don’t hate me because I can! *wink*) He wanted me to get up *UGH*, get dressed and he was on the way home to pick me up because he needed eye surgery within a few hours. *Wait..what????*

I was freaking out. I was worried about K having to go through surgery again, having enough energy to be in the waiting room, having to run all the prescription pickups, taking care of K after surgery and then of course paying the copay bill of the surgery, the doctor and the anesthesiologist. What worried us the most was the amount of time K was going to have to take off work. Sick leave and vacation pay only covered most of it but it’s the few days that was unpaid that worried us.

We are NOT rich but we just sold a huge amount of K’s action figures and we had that money but that means we had to cancel our anniversary/my birthday vacation that I just reserved. That hurt… In fact, I cried.

But looking back at this whole situation, this whole thing felt like everything aligned just for this moment. Somebody up there was looking out for us. We’re not out of the woods yet but this shows us how well and how much of a team we are.

Not only K and I are a team but also K’s sister and my sisters too. My older sister came down and cooked 2 quiches and a huge pan of lasagna so that I didn’t have to cook. My sisters and mother kept texting me encouraging support to me, which helped a lot. I’ll try to blog more often. You can catch me on my Living on O2 for Life Facebook page or ChristineLovesDaisies Instagram if you have those apps.

So, this is why I’ve been mostly quiet. I don’t like posting things that seem negative or stressful but I wanted to let you know that we’re ok and alive. =o) Lots of love to you all! *hugs* FYI: if you start seeing a lot of floaters in your eyes, that could be from tears in or a detached retina. Get it checked out ASAP (within a few days!)

6 thoughts on “When you least expect it…

  1. So glad things are on the mend. I am sorry you didn’t get to the beach. Hope the weather cools off soon so you all aren’t so miserable.

  2. Hello,
    I am so sorry you cannot go to the beach. But thank goodness you guys were able to get K to the Doctor in time!
    Your health worsening must be scary. I know the feeling of that. So I am writing you to let you know if you are okay with it you two are in
    my prayers and you have all my care.
    Here is to hoping you two can still get to the beach. But maybe a candlelight dinner for two instead?
    Take care and all my best, Lisa.

    • Lisa your prayers are always a welcome. We didn’t get to the beach this year but maybe next year some time. K and I went out to dinner together at our favorite restaurant and splurged on crab patties and filet mignon! It’s our anniversary dinner tradition. Yum! *hugs*

  3. Christine, nothing is worse than to have your husband sick and he is your caregiver! and all his sickness came on so fast you weren’t prepared to have anyone there with you, That is when you appreciate family who drops everything to take care of you. I always feel bad when I am in the hospital being taken care of but I cannot return the favor because of oxygen and what not! The beach will be there tomorrow and all into next year. The fighters you two are, I am sure you will get there. In the meantime both you and K get a little better and remember many prayers are coming love margie novak


    • Margaret.. you are so right. It was scary. I’ve mostly planned or expected that it would be me that would be the emergency, not K. I think mentally I could deal with that better. I know what you mean by “being taken care of.” I’m sure you’re like me in the regard that we don’t ask for special treatment. However I know that it’s wrong for me NOT to ask for help when I need it because it can land me in the position of needing to be taken care of. Even though you aren’t able to return the favor physically, I bet you make yourself available if a person needs someone to listen. Thank you for the prayers. They’re always welcomed. *hugs*

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