My crazy-ass dad has been in the hospital with pneumonia for the last 5 days. I say “crazy-ass dad” in a lovingway because he’s insanely funny – not because he’s insanely psycho. Anyway, he’s a sick puppy right now. My dad is 70 years old and has been smoking practically since he was a toddler, so the lung thing was inevitable. He’d supposedly quit but has been sneaking smokes and puffs from the rest of us for the last several months (well, not from me now, since I went and quit the nasty habit), behind my mom’s back.
But this pneumonia thing scared the shit out of all of us. My little brother went to the house today to sweep all the cigs out from Dad’s little hidey holes, and I outed him to mom today
“Mommy, you know dad’s been smoking lately.”
“I THOUGHT I’d been smelling cigarette smoke!”
Since I’ve been watching that show Intervention for the last 3 years, I suggested we have an intervention for dad’s cigarette problem. “Daddy, your cigarette smoking has affected me negatively in the following ways….” Yeah, that’d probably go over REAL well. He’d be the kind of person you see on the TV show that stands up and says “Oh HELL no, you fucking traitors.”
But here’s the real problem – the doctor strongly suspects dad actually has emphysema, but he can’t diagnose him until he can get a clear scan of his lungs, after his pneumonia is licked. Now, I’m the kind of gal who believes in live and let live – up to the point where your livin’ starts affecting other people. Not only does the old man have to quit smoking, he also has to lose a significant amount of weight. Why? Because he’s already a diabetic, has high blood pressure and high cholesterol – so add the potential emphysema or lung cancer to the mix and he’s just one big fat jolly mess.
So kids, I’m going to be on a sporadic blogging schedule for awhile. I’ve also run into a few problems with my room addition project that have to be addressed, my job sucks ass right now and I’m all tuckered out by the end of the day.
So I’ll be around, checking in with y’all, just not regularly for awhile. And for those of you who are wondering about the whereabouts of Muse, I have no information at this time. I’ve emailed her but no reply has come yet. I miss her too…