You all surely know by now that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE snow! So I was ecstatic when I heard that we were due to get a 2-3" snowfall on Sunday (that's a pretty significant snowfall for this area). It was snowing and accumulating when we got up Sunday morning, but we still made it into church. DD called that morning to suggest we move up our cookie baking day so we could bake cookies while the snow was falling. On the way to church, with the snow falling so beautifully, I decided that sounded like a spectacular idea ... and if that didn't put us into the Christmas spirit, nothing would. I was looking forward to baking cookies with DD and the Ts while watching the snow fall ... but unfortunately God had other plans for my afternoon ... and evening ... and Monday, too.
As I was getting my coat to leave, I got a call on my cell ... it was from a doctor from the ER at the hospital in my home town. My dad was going to be transported to Barnes hospital in St. Louis.
My dad had reported, via e-mail that morning, that he had developed a partial loss of vision in his right eye the night before. The ER personnel at the small regional hospital in his home town weren't equipped to do the extensive testing necessary to determine what was causing the vision loss so they sent him to Barnes (a large teaching hospital in St. Louis, an hour from his hometown).
DH & I drove home, changed clothes, grabbed a bite to eat, called my sisters and DD to let them know what was going on, and drove over to St. Louis to meet him at the ER. 7 hours later (much of it spent waiting and waiting and waiting), they advised us that they needed to keep him overnight so that they could run more tests the next morning. It was a long, stressful, exhausting day.
They ran a number of tests yesterday and have diagnosed his vision loss due to glaucoma. He was released late yesterday afternoon and is home and back to his routine now.
Thankfully, the two stressful days had a good ending ... a diagnosis, my dad back home ... and a phone call from DD inviting me to join her on a little shopping expedition. We had a great time ... but any time spent with DD is a great time in my book. A perfect ending to a rough couple of days.
Needless to say, today is going to be a LAZY day! ;-)