Wednesday, April 08, 2009

A Story

My mom ended up in the hospital this week, and it was fairly scary. She was at the local eensy weensy hospital on the rez, (reservation) but wasn't responding to the therapy, so they had her move to another hospital in a large city that was 300 miles away. Yesterday was the turning point, they said she would either respond to the newest treatment or end up in the ICU. Thank goodness she responded to the treatment and they let her go home today. Whoo hoo! And hopefully feeling better, since there was a fairly long term problem going on, that can now be treated with medication. She was happy to go home and I was happy to hear her sounding so well.
Let me preface this story with perhaps an explanation on native humor. A lot of bad things have happened and continued to happen to my people, and we can either cry or laugh. Mostly we choose to laugh. My memories of visiting with my family involve HUGE amounts of laughter. We all thought the following story was hilarious, so hopefully you will too. But if you don't refer to above! (I did ask my mom's permission before blogging this)

The drive from the local eensy weensy hospital to the large city hospital didn't go as planned. First, shortly after leaving the eensy weensy hospital, they realized there was a problem with the ambulance. They had to turn around and go get another one.
They start on the journey once more, and the weather is terrible. It took them 2 hrs to go 45 miles. They arrived at the itty bitty town and realized they needed gas, so the ambulance driver stops to refuel. As my mom was laying there on the gurney, she told the EMT that she really needed to use the restroom. He stared at her for a while, trying to figure out what they were going to do. How would they get my mother from the ambulance to the restroom in the gas station.
I drew you an illustration, a la Lana from The Kids Did What?



The EMTs wheel my mom, on the gurney inside the gas station




My mother asks the wide eyed clerk where the restroom was. My mom climbs off the gurney in her hospital gown, coat, pants and slippers.





Afterwards, my mother is returned to the ambulance via the gurney to finish her journey.



My mom laughed so hard when she told me this story, I hope it amuses you as much as it did me!

18 Kids Who Want To Play:

tubaville said...

I'm glad your mom is okay. I LOVE the gas station story and your illustrations are priceless. It sounds like it would make a good episode on The Office :)

wendy said...

Now that is a mom with a good sense of humor --loved it. And you are an amazing artist.

Kristina P. said...

That's so funny!

I will have to ask my husband if he's ever had to do that. They also get called out to a reservation, which is quite a ways from Wendover.

Lana said...

Hahaha!! That is awesome! So glad your mom had a good laugh at the situation. Quite the adventure I'm sure!
Love your illustrations. The "wide eyed clerk" picture made me laugh out loud!! I can just imagine!

Me said...

That is hilarious! Thank goodness for a good sense of humor or you would all be miserable!

rychelle said...

you know how much i love drawings!

i'm glad your mom is ok.

K J and the kids said...

Such good news about your mom.
I am so glad she was able to SAFELY relieve herself. DANG. Good thing those paramedics were there. sheesh.

I'm totally stealing the cartoon characters. I don't know when...but I love that idea.

SO said...

That is a crack up!! I love it. I'm glad your mom is doing better.

Sarah said...

How can anyone not find that story funny!

FosterAbba said...

What a funny story! Glad your mother is doing better.

Bonnie the Boss said...

That is funny! I can't even imagine what the gas station person was thinking. Thanks for the drawings, made it even more enjoyable.

Jessica G. said...

I would love to hear what the attendant told everyone!

littlebear said...

LOL! I've never heard of an ambulance stopping at a gas station, with a patient on board, to refuel... let alone the patient getting out to go potty! What a strange day for everyone!!!

elizasmom said...

Hahaha! That's a great story. You know the gas station employees all went home and told their families, "You will NEVER guess what happened today..."

Kristina P. said...

Jo, have you heard from Holly at all? She hasn't updated in a while, and I've checked in a couple of times, but never heard back from her.

Lobbie said...

The pictures were amazing. I totally understand the laugh or cry mentality. I think God gave us humor or we would go crazy. :)

Jillybean said...

Glad to hear your mom is OK.

I would have loved to see the gas station attendant. I wonder if they thought they were on Candid Camera?

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Are the illustrations a new feature on Tangled Me? I loved them and hope to see more in the future! :)

Wishing you and your family a very happy Easter. Enjoy your day and eat plenty of chocolate.

-Francesca