An update on Amber and more

I learned many years ago to never say that things will never get worse, because they most certainly will just to prove a point. In our family when things take a dive it is everything at once. I have learned over the years to just tuck and cover until the pounding is over. So here’s the story before I put out the update on Amber.    When we got back to Florida from Ft. Worth we soon found that we had an invasion of roof rats. I quickly put out bait and poison traps and commended myself on my prompt action… but maybe a little too soon. Very soon a powerful stench started to brew up in the garage in the laundry area. It quickly became overwhelming and apparent that we had a dead rodent in the building. In addition to my wife’s rat phobia she also has a powerful aversion to dead things fouling her air supply and this being I went to work to find the vermin. I found an area where they had chewed at the concrete block around the hot water overflow pipe. Convinced that I had found the nest I broke out the block with a sledge. No go, but I found some pieces of nesting material. I moved over one block and did it again and found the nest and was sure the rat also. Of course it was not so; the little SOB was nowhere in that column of block. I tried one more smaller hole and the smell was not powerful enough to be the source.   Long story short, after punching 4 holes in my wall I finally figured out that the smell was not from near the hot water heater but in it.The manufacturer was kind enough to punch out a 2″ diameter hole in the bottom of the water heater that was the perfect size for rat entry. In the end I was able to remove the hot water heater and remove the bottom cover and re-install with new insulation.   While I was doing that I was also helping the AC guy out because for the first time since our return we needed heat and guess what? The heat pump was out. Yeah, it’s great stuff but it’s not just me.    My niece Shonnie, who is taking care of Amber, came home with her from the hospital. Upon arrival they found out that the power had been turned off because Amber’s  husband had been at the hospital at her side the whole time. After making a 20 mile trip to town, they got the power back on and that’s when they found out about the broken water pipe in the house. And for Shonnie it just keeps going on and on. She has an old camper parked at Amber’s to sleep in and when bed time came she found that the door had been left open.Some critter had let itself in and eaten her bedding and made the bed uninhabitable. Then there was the tire with the hole in the sidewall.  When I talked to her a couple of hours ago another pipe blew up while I was on the phone with her. Amber’s husband Mike went out to turn the water off and the valve blew up in his face when he tried to turn it.    Now their trailer and Mike’s grandmother’s are without water. Yep, when it rains it pours. I told her to just keep on going and no matter how bad it gets don’t say it can’t get any worse.    And yes somewhere in all this rambling I do have a point. For all the bad crap that is happening the kindness and generosity of all those that have helped us out mean all the more. It’s really the only bright spot shining for the moment and really helps to mitigate the feeling of life just being totally against you. When we stop and take the time to count all the people who have generously given either of their time or money we realize that they far out weigh the comedy of disasters that is currently assaulting us.  A thanks again to all.    And now on to our real concern. Amber is still hanging on and her family is grateful for every hour they get with her. She is at home with her husband and children and although she sleeps most of the time now, she knows where she is.Thankfully she has not been in pain during this ordeal.  Most of her awake time is no longer lucid and she no longer eats or drinks. They are now in for that God awful wait that we all have to have at some time in our lives. My prayers and best wishes go out to them.\

If you would care to donate please go here http://www.gofundme.com/5vz58w

3 responses to “An update on Amber and more

  1. JAY
    FIRSTLY THANK YOU FOR UPDATING US ON AMBERS CONDITION ALL WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IS PRAY EVEN IF WE ARE IN SOUTH AFRICA AND IT SEEMS AS PER OUR LAST COMMENT YOU HAVE DONE YOUR BEST KEEP IT UP.
    ON A LIGHTER NOTE I HAVE A RAT TRAP THAT IS 1000% AND THE REST (USES A WASHING MACHINE SOLENOID TO CLOSE THE DOOR) I BUILT TWO AND BOTH WERE STOLEN. SEND ME YOUR EMAIL AND I WILL REPLY(NO MORE SMELLS ETC
    STEVE

  2. I just read on Amber’s page that she’s passed away now. My deepest regrets to all of your family.
    Please keep her page up for a few more days – there may be a few more donations coming in to help with expenses.

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