Ice Storm & Scar ~ Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop

I can cover two Mama Kat prompts with one story today! “worst winter weather story” and “that scar”. Around the middle of January last year I started having pain between my shoulder blades. It wasn’t unbearable, but it was constant and annoying and nothing seemed to help – not Advil, not the heating pad, not even a massage. I finally went to the doctor and he ordered an MRI of my neck. Within a few hours of sliding out of the MRI machine that Friday I was sitting in a neurosurgeon’s office while he made arrangements for me to have surgery Monday morning. The good thing was I didn’t have time to worry. I had surgery Monday the 26th and came home in the afternoon on Tuesday the 27th. Between the time I got home and midnight that night the ice storm hit. It was a MASSIVE storm, and the weight of the ice pulled down trees and power lines throughout the region. We had no power, no heat, no hot water, no way to cook food. Temperatures were in the twenties and estimates for getting the power back on were 7-10 days. If there’s anything worse that being on bedrest recovering from major surgery it’s being on bedrest recovering from major surgery in a cold, dark house with two bored children and a husband who’s risking his life driving around all day on ice-covered roads. Our power was out for eight days, and I took sponge baths in cold water every day. My throat was sore from the surgery, so I lived on room temperature (cold) liquids and pain pills for a week. I learned two important lessons from this experience. Are you paying attention? 1.) If you are in the hospital and a major storm of some type is expected DO NOT RUSH TO GET HOME. Hospitals have generators, which means they have heat, hot water, and hot food when no one else does. 2.) In certain circumstances, it is perfectly acceptable to take pain pills for a reason other than pain. I think “mental anguish” is the phrase I’m looking for here. Eventually the fallen trees got cut up and hauled away, the smooshed car got fixed, the power came back on, the kids went back to school, and I went back to work. But I’ve still got the scar to remind me of my Ice Storm 2009 adventure.

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12 thoughts on “Ice Storm & Scar ~ Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop”

  1. Oh, my! What a story you have to tell. I am so glad that everything turned out all right in the end.

    I did the Writer's Workshop too. But a different topic.

  2. Being without power is the WORST! When we had a hurricane here a few years ago (I know strange since we NEVER have them) the power was out for over a week. All the food went bad, no restaurants were open, we had to grill everything. Luckily we only had one kid at the time (and he was the easy one) but still. I gained a new appreciation for my boy Ben Franklin!

    And, I can't even see the scar so guess your surgeon did a pretty good job!

  3. That is horrific! I would have begged to go to a hotel away from it all.

    You are one tough cookie, or those pain pills were really, really good :-))

  4. Oh man! My mom actually has a similar scar. She had the whole vertibrae surgery moving her throat over to get to her spine. No fun!

    That's terrible though. I would be a total woos having to take cold sponge baths. Glad everyone was okay though. The important thing :O)

    Stopping by from Mama Kat's!

  5. That is SOME story! I am so glad everything worked out OK! : ) I am also glad you didn't have time to worry. Worry is so stressful!

  6. 8 days without power? EIGHT?! Holy cow! That's bad enough, without adding on a recovery from surgery. "Perfectly acceptable to take pain pills," indeed!

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