December 25, 2009

Christmas in the ER

...Not this year, Thank God, but there was a year about 10 years ago that my Dad was having heart issues (he has a history) and I spent Christmas Day at the hospital waiting for him as he got checked out.

The holidays can be a stressful time. I feel like saying, ok I will, that if more people spent serious time reflecting upon the true meaning of the season there may not be so many incidents of folks ending up hurt at the hospital.

Sometimes, the stress of family drama brings out the worst in people: mental and physical. Sometimes the stress manifests itself into physical altercations. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, be glad. Put people together who willfully avoid each other the rest of the year and BOOM!

Mercifully, I've avoided these situations, willfully, in recent years. I want to focus on the Incarnation of Christ and the hope manifested in the Birth of Our Lord. But, always, is the Cross. It looms. For some of us, the Cross is the Resurrection, for others, it's dealing with the relatives.

In all things stressful and difficult, I find prayer is a tremendous help. If you are in houseful of people making you crazy, go to your inner room (or your guest room), close you mental (or physical) door and pray. Read the Gospel stories of the Nativity. Read the Last Gospel of John about the Incarnation. Relax. Put the knives down.

You brought a Bible with you on the road, right? How about that Rosary? How about a Prayer Book? No? May be a good idea to bring them next time. Of course, you can pray without them and maybe you have your favorite prayers and Scriptures memorized. However, some of us need help (me!) so if you do-pack it!

I probably should've posted this earlier but maybe the advice will help you for Easter! LOL! Or, that cruise you are taking this Winter to escape the sloppy, snowy, mess on the ground!

Yesterday, as my Dad was wrapping gifts, Sodak started attacking the tissue paper (as cats are wont to do). My Dad went to move him and Sodak bit him and scratched him. My Dad walks out of the bedroom blood pouring down his hand. I ran to get alcohol and bandages. Sodak is in big trouble. He knows it too. He's lying low. My Dad is on a blood-thinner because of his heart so he bleeds big even if it's just a scratch.

It's all ok and things are calm. I read Sodak the Christmas story Terry posted but I don't think Sodak took it to heart this year. *sigh*

In any event, this is all nothing compared to The Christmas Adventures of Adoro!


Blogger Adrienne said...

Oh, my poor injured man...

Merry Christmas....

December 25, 2009 4:49 PM  
Blogger Bobby said...

Miss Active has a kind heart and he'd probably like her. She was a stray who walked into our home and has become the nicest pet in the neighbourhood as she turns 15 in February.

She knows not to mess with wrapping paper and asked me not to touch materialism this Christmas with the recession going deep.

December 25, 2009 5:43 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Bobby: Miss Active is a wise kitty. Auntie: I'll tell Dad you feel bad for him! :-)

December 25, 2009 6:15 PM  
Blogger elena maria vidal said...

Merry Christmas, Cathy, and God bless you for how you spent your day.

December 25, 2009 7:03 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Your dad started it. Sorry.

December 25, 2009 8:56 PM  
Blogger Fr. John Mary, ISJ said...

Well, a little blood here, bite marks and bruises's all a a part of the animals.
The terrier here has some similar "mood swings"; he just growled and lunged at Br. when he took his blanket off him when we were getting up to go to bed. Bad dog!
Yeah, the holidays are stressful.
Prayer, prayer, and more prayer.
And lots of patience and forgiveness.
Thanks for the post!

December 25, 2009 9:17 PM  
Blogger Larry Denninger said...

Cathy - I hope you had a Merry Christmas. May God continue to bless you in ways you cannot even dream of!

I hope you had bought extra egg nog with Terry being around!

December 25, 2009 9:21 PM  
Anonymous L. said...

I'll be leaving tomorrow for the big is packed!(and vodka, just in case) :)
Merry Christmas JCat!

December 25, 2009 9:46 PM  
Blogger Laura The Crazy Mama said...

I think maybe Sodak forgot to bring his prayer book and/or rosary?

I'm sorry, but I am in the camp of "all cats are evil". Sorry you had to worry about your dad on Christmas. I'm sure he'll recover, but cat scratches and bites are no joke!

If you are still my friend (after that cat jab), then "Merry Christmas!" It sure has been nice to get to know you on the blog! Keep me posted about any AOTM club events!

December 26, 2009 4:11 AM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

All I meant Cath is that your dad bit Sodak first.

(I hope he is okay though - your dad silly!)

December 26, 2009 9:02 AM  
Blogger Sanctus Belle said...

Oooh, be careful. Be sure to watch your Dad's wounds carefully for signs of infection (increasing pain, drainage, redness, streaking, fever) cat bites/scratches are at high risk for infection which quickly becomes cellulitis. I can't tell you how OFTEN I see cellulitis from cat injuries! Its a frequent cause of hospitalization too. I had one patient who was scratched by a spooked house cat and within 12 hours she was in danger of septic shock, but she lived with the help of the newer super antibiotics, which cost about $1000 a dose - but I digress. Do watch your dad ok? God bless.

December 26, 2009 11:38 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Thanks all!

Gosh, I'm glad I posted that bit about Sodak biting my Dad-lol!

Ter: Yeah, my Dad does heckle Sodak and I've warned him repeatedly. So, I'm pretty sure there was some trash talking going on and Sodak got fed up. I can't tell my Dad this because he gets more upset-lol

Larry: Yes, I brought extra after that one year I ran out and Ter drank everything in sight. It was horrifying and then he drunk called his family. Oh!

Crazy Mama: My Dad is in the camp too. :-)

L: Prayers here for the big move!

Fr JM: Oh, terriers can be tremendously moody.

December 26, 2009 1:41 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Oh Cath - I'm glad you were not offended - you know how crazy I talk when I'm drunk. I'm pretty sure Adoro's fake break was another cry for attention - how'd she know she broke her toe without an x-ray. Such drama. I suppose she had to perform CPR on someone at midnight Mass too.

(Adoro! Don't get mad - I'm kidding! I'm kidding!)

December 26, 2009 1:48 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Now, Terry, I got the story straight from Adoro of how she arrested two possible terrorism suspects at Midnight Mass AND helped a lady deliver a baby in the gathering space AND still had time to go up to receive Communion!

Let's not embellish, shall we?

December 26, 2009 3:33 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I knew that there was a reason why I liked the Crazy Mama. If she and Cathy's Dad are going to start a cat non-fanciers' club, count me in.

Speaking of people whom you don't regularly see, I spent Christmas night with a bunch of twenty-somethings and a couple of parents, who competed with each other on "Guitar Hero" at full volume with old Beatles songs, most of which I would swear I had never heard and other songs by rock musicians I had never even heard the names of.

I suspect that was an addition to the penance I received the other day when I visited the "box" before Christmas. Humility and patience are issues with me.

Merry Christmas to all and congratulations to those blog stars, Cathy, Terry, The I.C. who made Larry's
Night Before ChristmasParody with tributes to most, but not all, great bloggers:

December 26, 2009 4:14 PM  
Blogger Larry Denninger said...

Now Ray - you aren't jealous, are you? :-) You might have to go back to the "box"! Merry Christmas to you!

December 26, 2009 6:50 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Merry Christmas Ray - cats do not hate you, they only want the best for you.

December 26, 2009 9:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Larry: Re: Jealousy

I learned something recently. Envy is much worse than jealousy. Envy ranks very high with two commandments prohibiting coveting. Jealousy is probably just a passing minor peccadillo.

But actually, I don't consider myself to be a blogger by the standards of Cathy and Terry. My stuff is research. Anybody can do that if they have a lot of free time.

Their blogs epitomize what blogs were originally intended to be about: original in content, creative and soul searching.

Happy New Year to all. And keep up the good work, Larry. You also qualify as very creative, original and soul searching.

December 27, 2009 11:47 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Terry: RE: Cats

You think "biting and scratching" is the best? Gimme a dog any day!

December 27, 2009 11:49 AM  
Blogger Tom in Vegas said...

First and foremost, I'm glad your dad is ok. Looks like Sodak has been hanging around Toby without our knowledge and picked up some nasty habits;0)

Second of all, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, your dad, and the mischievous Sodak. I know it's difficult sometimes to keep your head above water with so many things coming together to form the perfect Molotov cocktail. But you do an exceptional job of doing just that! You're a survivor, and your contemplative advice is a major source of strength for many of us (including you).

Again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you!

December 27, 2009 1:45 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Thanks Tom. Yes, Toby and Sodak are probably seperated at birth! :-)

Larry: Ray is seething with jealous rage. Don't let him tell you any different. Watch out!!!!!

December 27, 2009 2:26 PM  
Blogger Tancred said...

Happy Christmas!

December 28, 2009 12:45 AM  
Blogger Larry Denninger said...

Ray - thanks!

Cathy - you're too funny

December 28, 2009 9:58 AM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Cathy is drunk Larry.

Ray - thanks for the compliment on blogging - seriously.

As for dogs - I would have one, I just do not want to walk them and pick up their stuff and bathe them. I love dogs though. I wrestle with them, and roll around with them, I catch frizbies when they let me and I love Milk Bone treats.

December 28, 2009 10:38 AM  

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