Don’t Spend Your Birthday Like I Did Mine!

Hi all. Hope you enjoyed the previous weekend and, like me, are already looking forward to the next one!

Mothers day flowers 2013 My Mother’s Day Flowers–h’ain’t they purty?

Joanna bday 2013  Standard Birthday activities–on Mother’s Day 🙂

I wrote this on Saturday afternoon, while taking a break from an evaluation that shouldn’t have been as tedious to write as it turned out to be. My brain felt about to explode.

That’s how I felt Friday night too, after tentative birthday plans to get me an awesome PB and chocolate icy-cream dessert at Friendly’s wound up sidelined by unexpected trips to my local satellite emergency room.

Yep. I had spent most of my b-day afternoon doing some of the easier parts of the report that took up about seven hours this weekend. A coworker had dropped in. While we chatted I heard a thump that sounded like it came from upstairs. Long story short: hubby was soon calling me from the other room. He’d “blacked out” briefly after choking on coffee and hit the hardwood.

Luckily, he didn’t hit his head, but his elbow certainly didn’t look happy and he had a nice little cut just above his hip that was turning some nasty shades of purple real fast. My darling also has a cardiac history, so we trotted off to the ER. That was about 4:00 PM.

Two hours later we were told he’d be transported to the mother hospital for overnight observation. I went home to pick up a few items for the guy.

Younger son came home and headed out to garage, as per mom’s request, to check if lawnmower was inside. (Hubby had forgotten he’d already asked older son to put it away, so it seemed odd that it wasn’t in the yard when I got home.)

Yucky story short: Mom tunes in to younger son crying and shouting for help from outside the garage. (That horrid sound may never leave my ears.) He was sort of plastered to door, with the tips of the middle fingers of both his hands stuck in the hinged space between the garage panels. Thank God I’m not the panicky type and quickly lifted the door until the gap widened and he could slide his hands out. The boy hit the ground. He panicked, and as the pain set in he got a little hysterical. When his eyes started rolling back I was sure he was going to pass out. (Getting that big kid off the ground would have been a feat. ‘Nuff said.)

Calmed the kid down and headed back to same ER with him in tow. Since I’m the primary insurance holder, the registrar girls had already scanned my insurance card when hubby showed earlier. They looked at me and said, “Oh my gosh, it’s your birthday today?”


Got the younger one home by nine. Older guy needed a ride to a practice for an upcoming affair he’s part of. Dropped him off and headed back to hospital to wait for hubby to be transported. Made it home a little after ten.

Here’s hoping next year’s commemoration of the day I was born is a little less dramatic. Boring works after that.

Never boring, however, is Nadal at a final on clay. We’ll take Rafa’s win in Madrid!

Have a great day and a great week,


10 thoughts on “Don’t Spend Your Birthday Like I Did Mine!

  1. Joanna…I hope everyone is ok! What a day you had!! The flowers are beautiful and I hope you have a wonderful year filled with happiness!! Sending good thoughts your way. Happy Birthday! 🙂


    1. Thanks to God, who I believe had his hand in things, everyone is fine. Thnx so much, Christine!


    1. I am ALL for that, Irene. Thank you, dear! Sorry I cant attend your workshop at LSFW. Have a wedding that day. Good luck!


  2. That was a nightmare day for you. I would have panicked, that’s for sure. But two days later on Mother’s Day, you still managed to make the day cheerful and bright. Thank God everyone is ok.
    Love, Mom


    1. Definitely not how I’d CHOOSE to spend the day, Mamma, that for sure. Glad you could make Sunday. Always a pleasure to have family around. We are blessed! 🙂


  3. Oh, Joanna, how horrible! I was hesitant to click the ‘like’ button, because I certainly don’t like what happened to you. To have your husband pass out and later hear your baby screaming for help must have been stressful to say the least. I think you more than earned that naughty ice cream treat!


    1. We’ll have that naughty ice cream treat a different day. Stressful, yes, but I I’m grateful I was able to “go into mode.” Being able to find the humor in those moments is a Godsend. And I even got a blog post out of it.

      All’s well that ends well, right? Thanks, Carrie!


  4. That was some birthday! I’m sorry to hear your hubby is in the hospital. I hope he’s home and better soon. How’s the son doing? Congratulations on staying calm. How are you holding up in the aftermath?


    1. Hubby is home, thanks, and tests done at the hospital and in the doc’s office show he did NOT fall because of a cardiac episode. Younger son is already shooting hoops, just not rebounding. (Not sure what that means. You know me: tennis is my game. 😉

      Thanks, Stacey!


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