Saturday, July 15, 2006

A Vacation from Vacation

As I mentioned in my last post, I went to DFW for a week. It wore me out. Between constantly running around and constantly being with my parents and my mother's need for constantly eating, I was draggin' big time. I haven't even unpacked yet. I thought this week would be my resting, recovering from the "vacation".

Then my husband's appendix exploded.

Thankfully, he was in surgery when it happened. It was all really fast, actually. Well, as fast as hospitals EVER are, right? But when they went to do it the easy, fast way (laporoscopy), he started bleeding out. He'd had a heart attack like two months ago, and the blood thinners were messing it up. Thankfully, the surgery had been delayed for a couple of hours while they had platelets brought in from Austin, so they'd planned for this possibility and handled it. Then the surgeon went to remove the appendix, and "it fell apart in his hands". To quote him, "It was the nastiest thing I've ever seen." Coming from a SURGEON, I figure that's pretty gross, and did not allow my brain to visualize. So now his recovery will be longer.

That gives me another week. I have a week before I head back to DFW to ditch the kids --- errr --- drop off the kids at my parents. I'll get to DFW on Friday or Saturday, then Tuesday, I'm heading for Atlanta for RWA's National Conference. Shari and I will be having fun, but it's a big time, hectic, fast-paced kind of fun. Getting up early (that means before noon - yikes) and getting to bed around midnight (if we decide to crash early) with constant events in the meantime. Seminars, the bar, classes, the bar, editor/agent appointments and panels, networking, the bar. See what I mean? It's crazy, but in a super fun way!

I'll return from there on August 1st. And I'll need a vacation. Recharge and all that. Because for the next two weeks afterward will be all about BACK TO SCHOOL. For four kids. That's a lot of shopping. I figure coming August 16th, I'll be ready for a day of nothingness in the worse way - the first day of school, and once again, my house will be nothing but QUIET!

Now, if only I can survive til then...

13 comments:

Dy said...

*hugs* Deep breaths, Bren. You've had so much thrown at you lately and I know sometimes it feels like its never-ending, but hug those children of yours, and give your husband a kiss and everything will work out. Make sure he gets the rest he needs! And you too!

And have a blast in Atlanta!

Teresa said...

I hope Brian is feeling much better very soon. You and Shari will have so much fun on your trip - sounds exciting!

And I just can't believe that school starts in another month - where has the summer gone?!

Dwight The Troubled Teen said...

Your old man in the hospital and two girlfriends out of town at a convention???

Wowsers. I can hear the wocka-chicka music from four states away.

Brenda Bradshaw said...

laughs - I won't be at the conference WHILE he's in the hospital!! He gets out tomorrow (Monday) and back at work on Friday.

It's all good.

daionara said...

So what big names are at the conference this year? I may need autographs, seriously...(g)

daionara said...

ARGh I hate trying to comment sometimes, it gets eaten!

Sorry things are rough.

What big names are at the Conference this year? I may need autographs, or I might have envy issues...seriously *grin*

Christine Keach said...

Wow! Sorry to hear about Brian, but I'm glad they fixed him up nice and good and quick. I'm SOOO jealous of you and Shari going to Nationals! Be sure to remember everything so you can fill me in when you get back!

Rhonda said...

2 words ... "the bar" - wish I was gonna be there with you!

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Tempest Knight said...

*lol* I know how it is. I go on vacations and I need a vacation just to recover from my vacations. Have fun at the Nationals! *g*

Dwight The Troubled Teen said...

1. Where the hell are you, Brenners?


2. Where did Shandie's blog go? Is she in trouble?

BabyBlogger said...

I really am enjoying your blog. Thanks for a consistently good read.

God is good! Sounds like your husband was in the right place at the right time...and just in time!

Hope your mom's cornea transplant goes well too.

Take Care!

Christine Keach said...

Um, what's the point of having a blog if you don't update? Like Dwight asks, where the hell are you????