The Trouble with Planning

It was just a normal day with a few extra things on the calendar:  doctor appointments, errands, cleaning, and blogging.   Important things first, I tried to get on WordPress and for some reason I couldn’t.  No problem, I just got ready for my day, made a plan to post later in the day.

And then, the day got away from me.

I got a call from hubby, from the emergency room.  “There is nothing to worry about, my blood pressure is a little low, and Mat went into medic mode and escorted me right to the ER.”  Hubby does work at the hospital and this is not the first time I have gotten a call like this.  The last time, hubby ended up being monitored for a week which resulted in his getting a pacemaker, but that is another story for another time.

My doctor appointment took all morning, and as I was leaving I got another call from hubby.  Hubby was being admitted, and needed some things from home, “Take your time,”  he said, and I did.  I ate lunch, called my sister, charged up his tablet, because being stuck in a hospital with nothing to read would be terrible, packed an overnight bag, and some snacks for myself, and left for the hospital.

At the hospital we sat together, and waited for the doctor.  You can’t go out and get your hubby ice and water.  These days a nurse must be called and ice is delivered in a baggie, an infectious control protocol.   As we waited, we watched the news. China was having a Black Monday.   China is in the midst of an economic collapse.   But we are not unaffected by this.  Our financial indicators all took significant drops.  My inheritance from my folks, that I just put into a money market showed a loss in the last quarter, and I expect an even bigger loss this quarter.  I remind myself that with finances, you must take the long view.  In fact if you have the cash, buying stocks now might be a good idea.  No guts, no glory.  You have to take risks for the big payoff, and that explains why I don’t have a ton of money, or yesterday, a not so big a ton of money.

Living through the time of prosperity of my youth, did not prepare me for these days of austerity.  Fortunately, I never was a material girl.

Madonna in the 80s

Hubby may need nothing more than a change of medicine.  I need to get going on another day where anything could happen.  I might even win the lottery.  Tim

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