Call Me Pollyanna . . .

pollyannaMy cat went hypoglycemic.

My car broke down.

My husband is in the hospital.

Does that sound like the first verse of an American country and western song?

It does, but it also describes my weekend. And, yet, the news isn’t as grim as it might seem. Not at all.

First things first. My husband went to the emergency room late last week with tightness in his chest. It turned out to be pulmonary embolisms in both lungs! That sounds awful, and it is, but . . .

. . . they caught it before he keeled over from it, which is exceedingly lucky, and he’s getting exactly the treatment he needs to address the problem. Along the way, they did a lot of tests on his heart and we now know there are no problems there! The hospital staff is well-trained and very kind.

Don, my husband, is bored and antsy but other people on the floor are in pain, very ill, frightened.

There are worse things than being bored.

Then, when I left to go to the hospital yesterday, a red indicator light came on in my car—the battery was not charging. I couldn’t be sure that I’d make it to the end of my road, let alone to the hospital 15 miles away. That sounds like a drag, and it is, but . . .

My mother and stepfather live nearby and have a car they are happy to lend. There’s a good service station close by, where they know us, and they’ll make fixing my car a priority. I’ve been inconvenienced but the car I have is a stalwart—14 years old and, generally, going strong; it can be fixed. And I have other options for getting around.

There are worse things than being inconvenienced.

Then, there’s my cat, my sweet Roxie, who is diabetic. I never would’ve imagined I could test blood sugar and give insulin injections but I do it every day with no problem. Yesterday, however, her blood sugar plummeted, which can cause seizures and death. That sounds scary, and it was, but . . .

. . . this cat is so sweet and mellow that it was easy to do what I needed to, to get her through the hypoglycemic episode. Repeated ear pricks, to get repeated blood samples for testing, leave this cat unfazed—she just purrs and loves the attention she’s getting! After lots of high-carb crunchy treats, her blood sugar rose and the problem was averted. We’ve had two cats die of cancer recently and I’ll take diabetes any day.

There are worse things than diabetes.

So, I’m sitting around on a Monday morning feeling pretty content, pretty optimistic, pretty Pollyanna-ish.

There are worse things than being a Pollyanna!


Enough about me! How was your weekend?!

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81 thoughts on “Call Me Pollyanna . . .

  1. On no! I’m so sorry that your husband had to go through that and I’m glad he’s ok! I have a Type 1 diabetic cat too, and I know how difficult it is when they have a hypo completely out of the blue – I rub a small amount of honey into her gums and check her levels every 15 mins. You’re right, there are worse things, but every problem is relative. Well done for staying positive! Hope things improve today for you!

  2. Oh Dear Kerry, your optimism is admirable and no doubt helped to face the problems! I am so sorry to hear about your husband Don and at the same time so happy nothing incurable happened. Car and sweet cat will be OK too!!! Dear friend from Upstate New York…I am sending nothing than positive thoughts and wishes for health and fortune. And when you get the ‘aftershakes’ maybe later this week ( as I always do in times of trouble) I wish you a good companion with a listening ear and plenty of comforting tea. All my Love to you, Johanna

  3. I’ll admit to have been just a little bit freaked out by those circumstances, at least two of them. Good to hear everyone got through it!

  4. Good to know you have a Pollyanna spirit. I adored her, as portrayed by Hayley Mills. And in the spirit of Pollyanna I will say I am glad your husband is only 15 miles away receiving the best possible treatment. Hugs and warm wishes from the far side of the world.

  5. Oh dear Kerry, I’m so sorry to hear your troubles. But bad things come in threes, so you’re through with your three. It’s really weird how things can go bad so quickly but I’m glad hubby is being taken care of and Roxie is fine. I hope you can relax and have a good day!

    • I seem to have gotten through the big, bad three–all quiet on all fronts this morning! I know you have had cat worries in the past–hope you and Graycie are both doing well!

      • Yes, Graycie and I are just doing fine, thanks. I’m glad that it’s quiet on all fronts with you. I’m a firm believer that no news is good news.

  6. Kerry, cheers to you for being able to write about these very challenging events with such an upbeat sense! I hope both husband and cat are on the mend, thanks in good part to your attentiveness and TLC. And the car, too. 🙂

  7. You can’t say you’ve had a dull week! So sorry to hear about Don’s hospital adventure, but it is great that he’s the healthiest on the floor! Our fur babies are family and it looks like yours is getting wonderful care. Best wishes for a quieter week!

  8. holy cow – crazy weekend. I am glad you can be so calm and rational about it all. Of course there are worse things, but that doesn’t mean that what you are going through is not crazy!

    • It’s funny–because my husband isn’t here, I have lots of “me” time–and I don’t know what to do with myself! All my normal routine is thrown off–I need to get a focus!

  9. Gosh, what a chain of events! I’m glad Don is having treatment (and following directions, thereby engendering boredom). Clots are no picnic. It’s funny how it seems the atmosphere gets electrically charged at times and various things go wrong–serially. But as they happen and you have to keep moving, you just keep solving the problem and moving on. As Johanna mentioned, this can result in ‘after shakes.’ I’ve no doubt you have the company, food, and beverages to get through those as well. Sending good thoughts your way!

  10. Oh my, being a nurse (retired) you certainly got my attention with all of the above, must say, cars are beyond me 🙂 BUT you rose to the fore and ALL is good! I am so pleased and tell bored husband to BE GOOD and follow orders !!

    • I will tell him you have given orders! The nurses he’s had have been great (doctors, too–but he’s seen more of the nurses). I’m very impressed with the care he’s gotten!

  11. I’m so sorry about your less-than-happy few days. It’s great not only that things DO seem to be looking up, but that you seem able to face up to the family’s difficulties with optimism and grit. Well done: thinking of you.

    • Thanks, Margaret–things really are looking up. I have my ancient car back, my cat seems fine, my husband is a good sport. I like the idea of “grit”–I aspire to that!

  12. Oh no, this is scary and upsetting! You are so brave. So good to see the positive side to all these frightening things. The best way to be is well…Pollyanna! I hope Don recovers quickly, but good he is in the care of doctors and nurses. And your dear Kitty! I’m sure you’ll take good care of her, with a watchful eye. And your car, yikes!

    Take care my virtual friend! Sending you hugs and more positive thoughts.

    • Thanks, Cathe, for your concern and support! I guess all my dear old car needed was a new battery and the cat is back to her normal self again. She’s been diabetic for several years so we’ve had experience but it’s still unnerving to see the sugar levels go so low! And Don is pretty darn perky for a guy who could’ve keeled over just a few days ago–it’s all looking good right now!

  13. That’s my girl!! 🙂 I feel for Don – I’ve had clots and went through a million puzzle books and movies and just wanted OUT!!! I think boredom is a great health monitor – I never want to have to endure that again, so I do everything correctly [diet and exercise wise] to ensure freedom from hospitalisation 🙂

    Sending you all kinds of good wishes and healthy vibes for Don, for Roxie, for the good old car and for you, whose role it is to hold all the strings together and keep an eye on the positive reality while the bump is ridden out!

    • So you really can relate! You’re so smart to have changed your lifestyle to ensure you stay healthy–I trust Don will, too. The bumps in my road already seem to be smoothing back to clear sailing (oops–mixed metaphor!) Everyone, including the car, are on the mend!

  14. “Life” really piled it on high this go ’round!!!! I’m not sure if it’s “Pollyanna” or the “maturity”(!!!!???) to see these as happenings in perspective! Either way, my thoughts and prayers are with you both and for all the medical staff that are in attendance!!!! Hugs……..

    • Thanks, Doreen–you’re right, it’s all about perspective. It’s so easy to imagine a far worse set of circumstances that I can feel upbeat about what did happen!

    • Thanks, Joy! They’re doing lots of medicating and testing, to see how the medications are working. We should start to get a better idea, pretty soon, of how long he has to stay!

  15. Both lungs? Don’s an overachiever; only one of mine collapsed when M was a few months old. One very boring hospital week before I got sprung but five years later all is well and I haven’t had further episodes. Praying that Don is the same.

  16. It’s the problem with bad things. They always happen at the same time. Having a positive attitude is the best thing you can do in these situations. Good luck and I’m sending you more positive thoughts and energy.

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  18. I’m sending you tons of healing vibes dear Kerry. I’m so happy your hubby will be okay. My dad suffered a brain aneurysm several years back and they caught it just in time as well. He was well surrounded when it happened and people knew what to do. 15 years later and he is still with us. Timing is everything, I’m so happy his timing was perfect!

  19. You have an incredible outlook on all of this. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been facing so many things at once. Any one of those things would be enough, but all three at once seems monumentally unfair.

    I’m glad you can do what needs to be done with your cat. I’ve tried to inject our kitty in the past and really struggled. You’re amazing.

    It is a relief to know that Don is in good hands, heart-healthy and on the mend. I’m sorry he’s so ill, but grateful you got help in time and that things will improve. Most of all, I want to give you a big hug and say there-there. You’re a strong, caring woman. How lucky for everyone who knows you to have you in their lives. xox

    • Thank you, Alys–what lovely words! It’s all looking up, too. Don is coming home today, the car is fixed, and the cat seems fine–I’ve lowered her dose. Cats can actually heal from diabetes and go into remission, unlike people. Roxie was in remission for two years before she went back on insulin! She is an incredibly docile cat and has been easy to treat–lucky for me!

    • They have not figured out why yet. They are testing to see if he has a genetic predisposition to clotting and looked at other causes but my sense is that a lot of this sort of embolism are considered idiopathic. Kind of frustrating!

      • I was going to ask if they’d looked at Genetics yet. Always want to rule that out so if present, prevention measure can be taken. I’m just so glad he is doing okay

  20. Gallivanta provided the introduction. (Thank you, G.) This is the first post that I’ve read on your blog, and what a great start! Go Pollyanna! Reminds me how much I like Mary Poppins, one of the stronger female characters of this era, IMO.

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