hmm, seems like this place is beginning to be the place I come & report all my ouchies, rather than a regular record of life goings-on. well, at least they're things that have gone on, so they qualify.
about 3 weeks ago we had a huge dump of snow here; weighed so much it broke a huge branch off a tree in our yard, which then fell off. that was inconvenient, but okay. the problem was, another branch had broken but hadn't fallen from the tree; it was hung up, leaning on the power lines coming to the house from the pole on the street. it was obviously dragging them down & we started to notice a few weird flickers of power & such, so I phoned the landlord to ask him to get someone to come deal with it, check our power & get the tree branch down. that was a Friday.
apparently he didn't get the message, because I heard nothing back. the power flickers & such got worse over the weekend, so I tried again on Monday. got the office who said the landlord was still away on vacation so they gave me his cell number. called that, described the problem to him, so he arranged for a hydro guy to check it out. the hydro guy called Monday afternoon; I described what the problem was & told him I thought some of the wires had separated from the house. he said that wasn't possible because the wires are all wrapped. anyway, the earliest he could get here was Tuesday morning. okay...
meantime, of course, the wind kicked up quite a bit on Monday night & the branch started bouncing on the power lines. suddenly we had a huge power surge, and all our electronics started humming loudly & pulsing. I ran around unplugging stuff, and phoned BC Hydro. they recommended turning the main breaker off, then back on after 5 minutes, and call them back if that didn't return things to normal. of course it didn't, so I called back & they said they'd have a crew out soon as possible. around 2:30 am the crew called & said they'd be here when they were finished at their current job.
waited all night for them, but they never showed up. round about 9 am Tuesday morning, the guy I'd spoken with on Monday showed up. 'oh!' he says, 'the ground line is pulled right out of the house!' duuuh. 'that's what i was describing to you yesterday,' said I. so he says he'll have a crew come out right away & cut the branches down, fix the power. sure enough, they showed up within about 20 minutes & fixed us up.
taking stock afterwards, only our microwave and 3 alarm clocks died. oh, and possibly our washing machine... the first time we used it after the power problem, it filled up & then just sat there humming. joy. so now I have to try to get the landlord to submit a claim on his insurance, so I can replace my burned out appliances. I have no idea if he'll agree, but I sort of figure since I started trying to deal with this as soon as it was an issue, it's not my fault & I shouldn't have to deal with trying to find the money to replace everything that got zapped. must say though, I'm grateful the rest of our electronics - computers, tv, dvd player, etc - survived it okay!
so that got dealt with, and a few days later my tooth started bothering me. this was a tooth that I knew needed to be extracted, but wasn't able to deal with it sooner. anyway, long & short of it is that the tooth got infected & absessed, so I dealt with a weekend of incredible pain & swelling before I could see the dentist. he gave me a prescription for heavy-duty antibiotics, which I had to take for at least 7 days before they could remove the tooth safely.
yadda yadda, thankfully - after a week of pain-hell - the swelling was down & the area felt better. I got the tooth extracted on the 30th, and that brought the pain back for a day & a half or so. thankfully now it's not hurting anymore, but it's still healing of course. part of the healing is waiting for stitches to dissolve; apparently I don't bleed much, and the dentist couldn't poke me enough to get me bleeding in the empty tooth socket, so he had to insert a gel plug and sew the socket up to avoid any possibility of 'dry socket' (which is when the bare bone under the tooth is exposed... usually a patient bleeds, the blood clots, and the bone is protected. no clot, bare bone = major pain, apparently). anyway, thankfully that's over.
I feel like I've just gone through the month from hell, and rather feel like it'd be nice to go hide out somewhere. not feeling real motivated to get back to business properly, or to anything else. somebody take care of my life for me while I go on vacation, please. oh, never mind... money is too tight for vacation. I'd get as far as into my car, and just have to sit there & read or something. oh well.
babbled by loz
- 05:23 pm
February 8, 2008 11:31 AM PST
thanks littlewicked :). I'm cancelling the car thing though, since it's stuck in the snow outside, even as I type. I think I'll hold out for the hunky neighbour, with or without smut, but with a house that can be used ;). oh, and the tooth pain's gone, yaaay.
February 6, 2008 06:05 PM PST
okay well for starters "ditto" to what Nic said, and I do hope you have some sort of cash windfall. You sound like you truly need some sort of a vacation. The car may work if you get a good smut book, the windows are tinted just enough, and your seat reclines nicely...(oh!) and a mysterious hunky neighbor comes over to read it to you, or play it out whichever works better for you!!! Take it easy Darlin!!! Hang in there!
February 2, 2008 06:42 PM PST
thanks Nic :).
does sound a bit like a greeting card, but that's okay, it works ;). dental probs nearly over I think (aside from the work that still needs doing, doesn't generally bother me). the snow... well, just got to wait to get rid of that I'm afraid.
February 2, 2008 05:24 AM PST
I am sorry that this is the pain and suffering you have been experiencing and can remeber the pitfalls of snow (blech). I hope the dental and money problems (like the season) changes for you and that (without sounding like a greeting card) Spring brings wellness and prosperity.