Take him to the hospital
Saying for the day: A little snow does not a blizard make.
Honey at House of Honey did a blog about the experience of taking her little girl to the emergency room which reminded me of and experience Betty and I had when our kids were little.
Our son Patrick was almost a year old when he got whatever it was that was going around. We assumed he would shake it off as kids usually do. But the next day his fever began to go up and when it got to 101 we decided to take him to the doctor’s.
This was a thirty mile ride as there was no doctor in Ewen where we were living at the time. The doctor gave him a shot and told us to take him home. This was standard procedure.
When we got him home the fever went to 102 and so we called the doctor. He said give him an aspirin and it should come down. We did . It didn’t. Instead it went to 103. Now we were scared. We called the doctor again and he said we should put him in the hospital but the hospital was full. So he arranged for us to go to a different hospital fifty miles away.
The problem was that we were in the middle of one of the UP’s winter storms. You could hardly see the road. It took us two hours to drive the fifty miles. By the time we reached the hospital Pat’s temperature was 104 .
They gave him an ice bath that brought the temperature down. The antibiotics finally kicked in and by the next day he was ready to come home.
But every time we have a winter storm I remember that trip. I swear God must have kept the car on the road.
News from Pigeon Falls.
Well Pigeon Falls is back. I walked down the newly resurfaced main street with the new wide sidewalks. It looks better than last year.
It even has a handicapped parking place. Of course its in front of the tavern which is a little odd. But I suppose Pigeon Falls has a few handicapped drunks.
The town also has a dentist for the first time. He has his office in the old bank building. It used to be a place to save your money and now it’s a place to save your teeth. I wonder if he keeps the gold caps in the vault?
I stopped by Nancy’s for a cup of coffee and a saffron bun. She’s still charging $.50 a cup for coffee but the saffron bun is now $1.00 . But it does have real butter on it.
Asked Nancy what’s going on in town.
She said it was pretty quiet. Except for the grumbling about the 1/4 mill that the town council assessed to pay for the new street and sidewalk. There is no talk of a voters rebellion , she said, because nobody wants to be on the town council. But that doesn’t keep them from muttering. Nobody likes millage.
The other big news is that some retired Bishop may have bought the old Tieminen place. You know, the big house on the hill just beyond the old Jupola place. The house that everyone thought would be empty forever. She isn’t sure that this is true. She didn’t know what kind of Bishop either. People are excited though since Pigeon Falls has never had a live in Bishop before. ( Pastor Marvel though doesn't seem very excited) Well we might know more tomorrow.
Beautiful day today. Betty went to Tops. I added a new top ten list to the church web page. In the afternoon Betty and I worked on the garage. We found stuff we bought and forgot last winter. It was in bags in the garage. We have the small saw ready now to work on buildings. Put the little fountain out in the pool and its not working. Moved things so we can get to the trains. If it is nice tomorrow we will begin the process of fixing the tracks so the trains run the way they are supposed to. Well I need a breathing treatment.