I grew up with an old saying that when life deals you lemons then you make lemonade. Okay, that works, to a point and right now it's not working AT ALL for me. Warning - rant to follow.
This past weekend we were notified by our neighbor in Michigan (who is keeping an eye on our home that we have for sale there) that a hot water pipe had exploded in the 2nd bathroom off the kitchen. Okay, she found it right after it happened so not a big deal, or so we thought. We had lived in that home for 7 years without a problem, then again, we didn't have -10 with a -20 wind chill factor and over abundance of snow either. Apparently the previous owners when they added the 2nd bath did not put ANY insulation in the outside wall AND passed the piping from the sink to the shower putting it in the ceiling ALONG the outside wall. After all has been mopped up, we have the following to deal with: new flooring in entryway/laundry room, new walls/ceiling in laundry room, new ceiling, walls floor in bathroom, hallway, kitchen, eat-in area AND pantry; new cabinets in kitchen, new kitchen island; removal of shower from 2nd bath and putting in linen closet to avoid another pipe problem; winter treatment of boiler/pipes to prevent another freeze problem.
My DH has been undergoing some tests to try to find out what a rogue cell might be. At first it appeared it was one that shows up in people who are allergic, but that was not to be the case. He is now having to undergo a bone marrow test and, depending on the numbers in the results, may even after to undergo a liver biopsy. We have been told that is a very good likelihood that he has leukemia. Depending on the type, will decide on the treatment.
I am scheduled for spinal surgery in the next few weeks to repair/replace 3 ruptured disks and several herniated ones.
Talk about life giving you lemons! Our move to Florida was to have been for a better quality and healthier life as he would get either pneumonia or severe bronchitis on the verge of pneumonia. Right now it is very hard to keep smiling and be upbeat when so much is on the plate. But, I guess this too shall pass. We have no choice but to go onward.
Damn I hate writing downers, but if I don't get it out of my system, I'll sit and cry and THAT isn't good. Besides, I don't want my DH to worry any more than he is already. So we take it one day at a time in hopes that we can put the "closed" sign on the lemonade stand.