I'm not so sure if this is a vent or a really long whine. As many of you know, this has been my quarter from h*ll. Ok, so I supposed everyone is gonna have at least one. But I want it to STOP already!!! Went on a shopping run with easy child this afternoon. Came home from a pleasant outting with easy child, Darrin, and new baby Brandon.............To get a panicked call from husband that the ambulance was on it's way to pick up his Mom. I was to meet him at the hospital. Being a man, he feels it's necessary to repeat this to me several times in 3 successive phone calls. While I was attempting to make calls I had to make in order to meet him at the ER. This is one of the nights I watch Aubrey while Nichole goes to class. So I had to call her to let her know what was going on. Then I had to call easy child and tell her so she could run me to the hospital because I knew she'd want to be there. Now all husband told me was that mother in law fell. This is a 95 yr old woman, people. The image of her falling had me and easy child going thru every worst scenerio imaginable. So, when we get there...........And we've done this enough times that ER staff know not to mess with me, just point me to her ER room......... I ask her what happened. She had gotten up at 3am to go to the commode next to her bed. She fell. (doesn't know why) And she doesn't have the strength to pull herself back up. So.......She laid there remembering her Life Alert call button is lying in the middle of the bed because she won't wear the d*mn thing. So she tries to pull the covers off in hopes of pulling it down. She got the comforter, but no LA button. Panic made her need to pee. Her bladder gave out. She tried to clean it up with the blanket. She still couldn't get up, or pull up because she wasn't strong enough. She began to get cold because she turns her heat down at night to save money and all she has on is a silk nightgown. Time passes. Her bladder cuts loose again. She's shivering and so cold she can't stand it. So she crawls at a snails pace over the the heating vent across the room in hopes of warming up. It didn't help, it mostly blows out cold air. Now frozen to the bone from the blast of cold air from the heating duct, she ooooches back to where her bladder cut loose before, and it does it again. This was so she woudn't make a new stain on the carpet. OMG She laid there freezing, wet in urine, on the floor for 12 HOURS. 3am until 3pm. Her housekeeper on a whim had decided to call her and ask her something. When she'd tried 3 times with no answer, she called her husband at work and had him meet her at mother in law's house. Since mother in law gave her a key, she discovered mother in law on the floor and called the ambulance and husband, who fortunately had just walked in the door from work. By some miracle she did not break anything. Although she's gonna have one hellova shiner tomorrow morning. She got to the ER at 3:30 pm and didn't get to a room until 8:30 pm.....and was still shivering with cold. ER doctor told her that it is just too dangerous for her to go home. She can barely walk. And this is her 3rd fall. mother in law ripped ER doctor a new one. She's a stubborn one. But when the doctor stepped out.......I told mother in law that it's true, it is too dangerous for her to go back home. She said she couldn't afford a nursing home or assisted living. I told her she can, there are ways. I told her she nixed the idea of reversed morgage to pay her way into the assisted living before I really even got to look into it. Told her none of her kids want the house anyway. She'd bought it in case she'd need to sell it in the future for medical care to begin with. And that time has come. She said we'd talk about it later. Talked to husband's brother and his wife on the phone. They agree. It's come to a head and now we can't let her play the stubborn card anymore. They're discussing how quickly they can get up here from Virgina. brother in law has medical power of atternony (sp) and may be forced to use it. Breaks my heart. Makes me furous. And worries me to death. I love my mother in law probably more than my own mother, she certainly has been more of a mother to me than my bio Mom in the past 25+ yrs. Travis was actually just getting ready to walk over to mother in law's when we got the call. But what if housekeeper hadn't called on a whim? What if Travis hadn't planned to go over? What if it had been 3 days instead of 12 hours!!! OMG it makes me physically sick to think of this amazingly wonderful kind hearted soul lying there like that for all that time, cold, hurt and helpless. She is supposed to call me daily but doesn't. I try to call her, but with my chaotic life I loose track of time. Heck, it's been a month since we took Brandon to see her and to me it was just a couple of days ago. *loooooooooong sigh* This ontop of Nichole's illnesses and surgeries.....the new baby being born........and a half dozen other things........OMG, it just needs to stop already! Too much in too short a period of time. I feel like screaming to God tonight, "Look Bud, I'm just one freakin person, ok?? Lay OFF already!" But then he already knows that.