Thanks for the all the positive vibes and well wishes for my half marathon Saturday. I had a great race....considering. I felt good all the way although I was getting very tired on the last hill, a hill I never notice when I'm driving my car. I finished one minute faster than my time last year. I'm thrilled!
I almost didn't make it to the race. Friday evening, as I was being a good little racing geek and preparing for bed around 10:00 PM, I got a call from the Cajun state to the east where my mom was spending the week at a casino.
Mom was in the Emergency Room (ER). Evil Twin cheered. I slapped her silly and waited to hear what the ER nurse had to say.
My poor mom collided with unforgiving concrete when a parking lot snake (in the form of a speed bump hump) reached up and grabbed her foot as she was hurrying to her car in the rain. She couldn't catch herself and ended up with a goose egg on her forehead, a broken nose, and a very sore shoulder. Her right eye was swollen shut for awhile and she has limited sight in that eye at this point. She had no sight in the eye immediately after the accident.
Evil Twin was again rejoicing, this time at my poor mom's attempt to look like a raccoon. Evil Twin was fed to the Lochness Monster in the Red River in Shreveport.
Um.....wait. Isn't Lochness in Scotland?
Mom is very sore all over. Fortunately, she does not have a concussion.
Needless to say, after getting the call Friday evening, I was not able to sleep. I stayed up awhile and got additional information from the ER and encouraged them to admit Mom overnight for observation. I finally fell asleep in the wee hours. I really wasn't sure I would be racing the next morning or driving four hours to Shreveport, LA.
Obviously, I raced. I didn't stay for any post-race activities or even to wait for the guy running in house slippers and pajamas to finish. I headed home. Hubby and I packed an overnight bag and hit the road. To give
ourselves me a little comfort, we made a quick stop for a yummy Tex-Mex post-race lunch on our way out of town. I eased a little stress with some homemade flour tortillas!
Mom left the hospital this morning and we drove her back. Hubby drove her car. I folded my tall mother into my small/mid-size SUV buggy and off we went. At least the weather was GOSH DERN gorgeous for our trip back.
It was also nice that we were able to use her room last night at the casino so we had a place to stay.
I'm tired. Hubby's tired. Even Cat is tired and all he did was sleep, eat, pee and poop. Evil Twin? Who gives a flying flip?
Photo credit: Ha ha! Fooled you. I DID NOT take a photo of my mom's face, unlike her sister who took a photo a couple of years ago when my mom passed out (at a cemetery) and hit head head and nose. Yeah, what a place to pass out. At least it wasn't close to an open grave....
Speaking of Mom's sister, she had called my mom's house a day before the accident asking her if she was ok. Hum......maybe she hired the parking lot snake.