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Marilee J. Layman

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08:34 pm: Changes of Plans
I felt better yesterday, but stayed on fluids. Today I decided I was up to doing the grocery shopping, so I got cash for the week at the ATM, dropped two DVDs in the drive-by box at the post office, and got groceries at the Giant. I came back out and started the van, started to back out, and I couldn't turn the wheel. I tried to get back into the handicapped space, but only managed to get back over two handicapped spaces. Then again, I wasn't stuck in the driving aisle. Everything else was working, the tires were fine, and nothing looked weird under the car. I called USAA (towing is included in my car insurance) and they said it would be about an hour before the truck got there.

I rearranged groceries in the bags and took a bag of soon-perishable things in to the desk and asked if they would put them in a fridge until I could leave. Amanda very nicely did that (and I've emailed Giant already to tell them) and I went back out to the van to wait, noticing a puddle under the van -- probably power steering fluid. I realized I wouldn't be going to the psych appointment tomorrow and maybe not the primary appointment on Wednesday, so I called Kaiser's confirm and cancel appointment line. They only had the primary appointment. Apparently they mean it when they say nobody knows I see the psych. Other than all you guys and my IRL friends and anybody who happens to read, of course. I tried calling the psych department in case they cancelled, but nothing there. So I waited.

The tow truck driver called and said he was about 10 minutes away, so I went back in to get the groceries and Amanda very nicely brought them back. Then the truck came and the driver, laboring mightily, managed to turn the wheel so he could get the van on the bed of the tow truck. While he was doing that, I called a cab because I can't get up into tow trucks. The tow truck driver pulled out of the driving aisle and up to the front of the Giant (away from the curbcut and loading area) and started filling out forms. He called me "Mary" and I gave him my license to copy from and he actually wrote "Marylee" and said "mary LEE." He was being extra helpful, though, so I didn't correct him. As he finished with the forms, the cab arrived so he gave me my groceries and I got in the cab. The tow truck driver knew where the repair place was and I gave the cab driver directions as we went. They did have a key drop (I'd never noticed and wanted to stop there to be sure) so he unloaded the car and dropped the keys and the cab driver brought me home. I'll have to set the alarm for 7:15 tomorrow so I can wake up and call them, although they may figure out what's wrong from the puddle.

I also have to call Kaiser Manassas tomorrow so the desk clerks can tell the psych why I'm not coming.

Shiva has been breathing more rapidly than usually, I noticed last night, and then today, he's laying on the floor on his side some, which he doesn't usually do. He's spending more time on the heating pad, which he doesn't usually do, but he does sometimes do those things. I left a message for my mobile vet and emailed our friendly vet to see if I should call another cab and take him to the ER Vet.

Not quite what I planned for today! And the walking and standing makes me hurt. I've only taken acetaminophen in case I need to take Shiva out.

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From:pameladean
Date:September 2nd, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
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Oh dear, what a day, and right after you'd had another hard one.

I hope Shiva is fine.

P.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 2nd, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
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Yeah, not my long weekend, huh? Our LJ & ML vet friend emailed back and said it doesn't sound like anything is wrong yet, so I should just watch him and see if there's any progression, and talk to the mobile vet in the morning.
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From:kaffyr
Date:September 2nd, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
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I'm so sorry you're having to deal with automobile trouble. It's right up there with plumbing and banking mistakes. Hope it gets fixed as quickly and cheaply as possible whilst still being done correctly.

I hope Shiva's OK.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 2nd, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
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The repair place is very nice and since it should be a small fix (hose or gasket), they'll probably do it soon. I wouldn't have worried so much if I didn't have milk and such that can't stay out in the heat.

I heard back from our LJ & ML vet friend and she says it doesn't sound like anything is really wrong, but I should watch in case I'm seeing the beginning of things, and talk to the mobile vet in the morning.

(can't type, either!)

Edited at 2008-09-02 02:12 am (UTC)
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