Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Timeline of the Events of the Beginning of May, 2009

  • April 29th- A last-minute dash to the airport with three cats and waaay too much luggage, but all of us made it to Alaska okay, if uncomfortably. (sidenote- Yin Yin reacted to the Xanax preflight test like a belligerent little drunk, staggering around and hissing at the other cats, it did NOT calm her down at all. And, not that I recommend drugging your animals for amusement purposes, but it was VERY funny to watch.)
  • April 30th-May 3rd- Unseasonably gorgeous weather in Anchorage at a pet-friendly hotel, we celebrate a friend's birthday at a questionable club, shop for camping supplies and other summer essentials, and hang out with NSA's son. Hectic and more expensive than I would have wished, but a reasonably good time.
  • May 4th- A friend drives us down to Homer in a mini-van packed to the roof, we find a hotel room, smuggle the cats in. NSA's asthma is bothering him, probably due to the very fine ash from Mt. Redoubt and the very dry spring that hasn't kept it down. And the stress of moving, travel, etc.
  • May 5th- Friend and I pick up a few missed items while NSA relaxes at the hotel room. After a couple of frantic texts, we return to the room to find NSA drenched in sweat, his breathing intensely labored, and having already called 911, who take an excruciatingly long time to arrive. Ride in the ambulance, which pulls over on the way to the hospital to let the paramedics work on NSA, who is semi-lucid but completely frantic.
  • May 6th- A horrible, horrible night during which NSA has to be put into an induced coma and intubated because he's combative and not responding well to the drugs. I have the unenviable experience of seeing my forty-five year old husband on a ventilator in the ICU.
  • May 7th- It rains, washing away some of the volcanic ash.
  • May 8th- I learn a new word, "extubated," the opposite of having a tube stuck down your throat. NSA is loopy and out of it from all of the drugs he's on, but in a relatively good mood since he has a constant supply of IV painkillers. We watch Casanova and I can't help but think of Heath Ledger, while NSA finds it particularly enjoyable in his altered state because of the bright colors and broad humor. He alternately calls me by his ex-wife's or sister's names. He's smiley and fun, and charms the nurses.
  • May 9th- 13th- We get an inexpensive hotel room in town that doesn't care that we have cats to give NSA time to build up his strength.
  • May 14th- After chinese food and making love, NSA has an evil, evil pain in his groin. When he wakes me up writhing around, I insist we call the paramedics. He's resistant, but eventually gives in. And so back to the hospital we go. In the ER, they're surprised to see him again, but won't give him anything for the pain until he starts vomiting blood.
  • May 15th- After determining that the stone in his right kidney moved, NSA is released from the hospital again, worried about the expense of everything and how much insurance will cover. I'm understandably upset and feeling overwhelmed.
  • May 16th- NSA passes an 8mm kidney stone, the size of a small pea. It's strangely impressive. We move the three cats and the little bit of stuff we brought with us into the cabin, which is dusty, and either cozy or cramped depending on our moods. The cats adapt remarkably quickly to their new environment, mostly due to the windows and abundant wildilfe to watch.


Sass said...

I'm so glad to see an update.

I've been thinking of you...glad to know you're safe and sound. ;)

Susan said...

Oh my goodness J. Am hoping things are settling down a bit. Last item dated May 16th, today's date June 10th, that leaves us wondering about the over 3 weeks in between. Still hopin' you get a camera. And volcanic ash - that's cool. love to NSA, you and those Alaskan cats. xo S. Miss D avec les Chats

Karen said...

So sorry you had such a time right off the bat. Hoping things are better and have settled down.

Good luck to you, NSA, and the kitties.

Sending good thoughts your way. Let us know how you are.

amyeliz said...

Wow! I hope things are looking up for you & NSA. I'm flying acros the country in a few weeks with 2 cats. Knowing that you did it with 3, gave me an enormous amount of comfort.

I'm hoping June, July August, etc..... will be happy and peaceful for all of you.


sAm said...

Oh good heavens - what a trying time! I do have to agree, though - that is an impressive kidney stone!!

Miss Pants said...

Oh my goodness, sounds like May was absolute hell month for you and NSA. I hope things have since improved...I'm sending happy and healthy vibes your way. xoxo

Lisa said...

I'm happy that you've updated! I have been thinking of you and wondering.

It sounds like the two of you have been through hell... I hope things are better.