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Got one of those phone calls last night that you don't really like to get: "Hi, I'm at the hospital."

My sis, avventura1234 took a fall while working and either bruised or broke a rib. She said, "I was being so careful, too, because I know I'm tired."

She's tired because she has to work two jobs to keep a roof over her and her kids' heads. She went to the ED at Emanuel Hospital (her birthplace, and mine, incidentally) because she was in enough pain and fear to overrule her almost complete lack of healthcare coverage.

Upshot: the rib is probably not broken. The owner of the company said he'd pay for everything, which puts her at a significant advantage over a lot of people. Her kids are self-sufficient, I live across the street, and am easily able to help out.

avventura1234 left her phone in the emergency room, so my 17 year old niece and I rode our bikes back over there in the drizzle at 10:30 to get it. It was actually kind of pleasant out on the empty Sunday-night streets.

Today is the first day of summer, but that fact has not been communicated to the skies over the Willamette Valley, which remain pearly gray. It is...mild. Kind of timeless-feeling. Not actually raining today, so that makes a change.

I got word this morning of a an act of solidarity and support from a friend who could little afford to offer it, and I'm feeling very grateful. My sis is much better today, and now all I have to worry about is my appearance as a witness before a grand jury on Thursday.


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Jun. 21st, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh dear! So glad to know sis is okay, but yikes! And wow, also so glad she's got a generous employer. (HEALTH CARE REFORM NOW PLEASE OMG WTF US OF A.) Just very glad all around.

Yay for the things to be grateful for, and for the act of being grateful. Mindfulness is always a balm to the spirit. Good for you, I say.

Also! I can report a sliver of sun was actually sighted by me not even five minutes ago outside my window. And possibly! A hint of blue sky peeking from a hole between two cloud banks. I am fairly certain I didn't hallucinate it, either.
Jun. 21st, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
If you did hallucinate it, it was a shared hallucination, 'cause I think I saw it too!

My weather widget shows the little hands of cloud releasing their grip on the sun in the next few days, so maybe that'll happen. Then we can bitch about the heat, which is always fun! :D

I've realized that half of my weather angst this season is worrying what other people think of it. I've decided to like it for its own sake.

And yes, the mindfulness of others--"balm for the spirit" is a perfect way of putting it.
Jun. 21st, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Just had a brilliant idea -- we should celebrate our mutual love for weather just as it is by getting together!! If it's nice enough, we can sit outside, if it's too chilly/wet, we enjoy ourselves inside instead. What say you? Available Friday evening?
Jun. 21st, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I am! And that's a splendid idea! I think I'm up to the strength I need to bike over there. I hope so, because my car is now dead.

But yes! It's a seven mile ride, I've mapped it out since I first started riding Clyde, and if you don't mind being a little flexible on my arrival time, I'll be there!

I have a basket. What can I bring?
Jun. 21st, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Flexibility is my middle name, man.

How about some fruit and cheese? Not a lot -- I'll have some fruit and cheese, too -- but I'm thinking I'd make a soup (if it's chillier) or just do something simple like a smorgasbord or salad if it's warmer, and those would go great with either.
Jun. 21st, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Got any preferences? Hard, soft, moldy? Bloomed, washed, waxed?

I'll bring some rice crackers or oatcakes or something too, for my now-I'm-on-a-special-diet gluten-free requirements.
Jun. 21st, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Not a fan of moldy cheeses or any goat/sheep cheeses (although I am getting acclimated to manchego, I recently realized, so who knows?) but I hesitate to give too many restrictions because I'll try most anything. No idea what bloomed/washed/waxed are, but they sound impressive! ;)

I was planning to have rice crackers in view of your GF-ness, but feel free to bring whatever you'd like in the GF cracker vein.
Jun. 21st, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
I have just the cheese! Yummy délice de Bourgogne. If I can find it. And MIAEL: it it's not your cup of tea, I will eat it all hahahahaha!
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Jun. 21st, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
Canada has its priorities in order on this and on so many other things. Even with my best-of-breed American private healthcare coverage, I would be worried about the co-payment cost of three hours in Emergency and an X-ray.

We are so, so far off base.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear about your sister's injury, but so glad she's going to be ok. Glad also that she has you so close by, and ready to hop on Clyde to visit at any hr of the day or night.

Jun. 22nd, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
It's been a very good arrangement for several years, for both of us.

Your window-box icon is so cheery!
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Jun. 22nd, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
I have great plans for a blog post after my stint on the witness stand.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 11:59 am (UTC)
Ouch. Wishing your sis a speedy recovery. And I'm sure she knows how lucky she is to have you there.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you. She's a little stiff, but moving about (and when I say moving about, I mean riding her bike to her fulltime job), so we're pretty sure she's on the mend!

I've been meaning to send you an abject and groveling message. I haven't given up on the thing, and awoke this morning with a new hour-a-day determination. Have you given up on me? I wouldn't blame you if you had!
Jun. 25th, 2010 10:41 am (UTC)
You know, I have absolutely no moral highground here. I uploaded the rest before my holiday, and I meant to email you but then I realised I've completely lost 20 and will have to do it again. But, next week, obviously. :)
And i think, really, with the huge amount of work I asked you to fit into your busy and currently stressful life, I'm the one that should be doing the grovelling. And possibly more of the helping. Let me know if I can do any editing/sticking things together for you.
Jun. 25th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Let's agree not to grovel anymore, and I'll stick to my schedule of an hour a day now that things have calmed down, and together we shall overcome!

I may, indeed, ask you for some editing help. Let me see what the weekend brings.
Jun. 24th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
how did i miss this post!?

i'm so glad your sister is ok! wish her well from me.

Jun. 24th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
I will pass along your good wishes, thanks! She's fine. I worry about her working so much, but I think maybe she's getting the message herself.

Not that she has lots of choices, but I do think there are some. Meanwhile, I do what I can. Wish it were more.
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