I really should just change this post to ‘What went wrong for Charles this time?’ because that’s how the week is going. In fact, this post is so late in the day because I was waiting for something good to write about. So, we’ll start with that.
My son just earned his orange belt in martial arts. He’s very proud and did a great job with the test. Now, he works his way towards a purple belt, which is going to take a lot longer. I’m sure he’ll get there in the blink of an eye though. Feels like it wasn’t very long ago (August) that he first put on a white belt. It’s interesting seeing what he can do too because we can’t practice the grapples and throws with him. The kicks are difficult enough since we’re never ready for the impact even with the pads. Nice way to end a really rough week.
Now, Sunday was an early wake up with a trip to the emergency room. My son woke up crying about his ear hurting. We tried to hold out until a clinic opened, but that was going to be 2 hours. The only place open was the E.R. and he was bawling by the time we got there. Got even worse when we got a bed too. There were definitely worse cases there, but it’s still hard to stay calm while your kid is crying, thrashing, and screaming that he needs a doctor. It was only an ear infection caused by his cold, so he started to calm down after a little cleaning and medicine. This still meant I only had a few hours sleep and had to make it to the next weekend.
Why couldn’t I rest this week? Well, about 2 weeks ago, my wife got t-boned and her car needs two new doors. It’s at the shop and we’re having some issues. Long story short, the insurance company is having a little trouble getting in touch with the other driver and that’s delaying everything. So, the car is at the shop while this is getting settled and it can’t get worked on until insurance finishes the hunt. This means I’m driving my wife to work and my dad is picking her up. Keep in mind that I’m already driving my son to school, which means I have to get him moving a half hour earlier now. No time for biking since I have to get both of them ready, myself showered, possibly eat something, and out the door to battle traffic. This could be going on for another 2 weeks at least. So, I’m going to apologize now if I get snippy and irritable because this is rough.
And that’s . . . Oh . . . Yeah . . . I almost forgot the bigger disaster. So, my son had the ear infection and my own ears decided to pull a ‘Hold My Beer’ move. DOUBLE EAR INFECTION! This hit me on Tuesday and I went to the doctor after my chauffeur stint stopped for the morning. My left ear earned the reaction ‘Wow, that’s really red. Even the tubes are red’. That was the good one too. My right ear had a chunk of earwax sitting ON the eardrum and it might have been there for awhile. Since this wasn’t a specialist, they didn’t want to try too hard to remove the blob. They tried a pick, which felt like a spike trying to get into my skull. The water peroxide thing didn’t do much either, but I guess it loosened something enough for ‘Return of the Brain Needle’ to make some progress. This resulted in being told that the skin beneath that glob was fragile and there ‘might’ be some bleeding. Just like I ‘might’ eat pizza if it’s put in front of me. Let’s just say I think I freaked out a bunch of people at the grocery store and a cashier who happened to be on my right-hand side. After 6 hours of that nonsense, I was looking up if people can die of blood lose from such a slow seep. Honestly, it still does it at times. I have to do ear drops and see a specialist if things don’t improve in a few weeks.
That was my week and next week looks to be just as exhausting with all the driving, but with rain and possible snow this time. I’m slowly making progress on Quest of the Broken-Hearted even with these disasters. Next weekend is Super Bowl, so nothing will happen then in terms of writing. So, my hope is that I’ll finish this book within two weeks and then I’ll finish the posts for March. It’ll be too close to my son’s break to tackle another book, so I’ll focus on Ichabod Brooks outlines and maybe do another read through of War of Nytefall: Loyalty. By the way, should I consider doing guest posts for this new series? Just trying to figure stuff out.
What are the goals?
- Rid myself of ear infection.
- Write more Quest of the Broken-Hearted
- Possibly do a few more March posts if I’m not in book writing mood.
- Driving people around
- Maybe cooking
- Staring forlornly at the stationary bike
- Read more ‘One Piece’
- Figure out what manga series to tackle after ‘One Piece’
- Rue the day