Killing time and hospital stays
I have been thinking that maybe I should post something so people don’t forget about my blog. What has been going on since my last post of any content, which was over on Blogspot?
I have been volunteering, of course. It helps people and it helps me pass time.
I settled in with Gail, who is kind enough to host me until sometime in the beginning of March, when I will go to my parents’ house for the final stretch before I leave for Ukraine. She also brought me with her and her daughter to Ukrainian school. Her daughter goes every Saturday. It must have been a funny sight to see me sitting in the small desk next to these 11 year old kids! It is nice of them to let me sit in, and much appreciated. I need to get back into the swing with learning Ukrainian. It has been such a difficult couple of weeks that I kind of let it go for a little while. Now I really need to buckle down.
I also spent most of last week in two hospitals with my dad. He went into Urgent Care on Tuesday morning and by Tuesday afternoon he was checked in to the hospital. I ended up bringing him to Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis on Thursday afternoon because they wanted to perform a procedure for him and did not have the equipment to do it in Hutchinson. He did not get the procedure done until Friday. Now, this poor man had not eaten anything since Monday. Nothing. So you can imagine that by Friday afternoon he was pretty hungry. He ended up going home on Saturday and is doing well but will need surgery still, in about a month or two.
I have also been shopping. Not too excited about it, truth be told. After being unemployed for two years, and soon leaving for Ukraine for 27 months, there are some things I simply have to buy. But I am none too excited about it. I have purchased things I never thought I would ever purchase, like a compact sleeping bag. I really resisted that, thinking “will I REALLY use this??” Apparently the answer to that question is “yes”. Add that to the fact that because I have not really bought anything for a couple of years, a few things are due for purchase. A lot of things. Sigh.
I have been adjusting to life as I now know it – a bit of a nomad, in a bit of a stasis until I go. Assuming I get to go. My cats are getting adjusted to their new daddy, and he says they are sleeping with him, which is a good thing. I am glad they are adjusting – it eases my mind about that. I miss them terribly though.
I am also still negotiating with the bank regarding my house – no, selling it was not the end, at least not for me. So I am now actually trying to chase them down so I can get this off my back and still be able to go. Because of this, things don’t feel “real” re: my going to Ukraine. I am trying to keep the faith that this will all work out. I believe this is why I ended up with an invite for the end of March instead of sometime in February, which was my original nomination date. I am trusting G-d on this, but still trying to help G-d move things along at the same time. I am trying not to worry. My mantra is “things always work out.” But it always helps to have others on my side, so if anyone actually reads this and wants to send some prayers, positive thoughts or good vibes my way, I am accepting them all.