Saturday, August 04, 2007

More Trouble on the Road

When the phone rang at 8 AM this morning while I was exercising, I knew someone was probably in trouble. This morning’s call from my daughter was to tell me she was beginning to feel better, but that the bottle of Cipro had been ruined because of a freak storm that left inches of water in their tent. Unfortunately she had not secured the bottle top after her bedtime dose. Only one pill survived intact and that was just enough for the morning.

She was terrified during the night when the storm came up suddenly as they camped amid the South Dakota corn fields, bringing with it a free sound and light show. She could clearly see the lightning through the tent. Her worries alternated between the tent being totally blown off of them and their being struck by lightning. At one point she absolutely had to go outside in the storm to find a bathroom (or whatever one uses at a campsite).

This morning I started to appreciate the power of cell phones and the Internet. Within minutes I had Googled “pharmacy Sioux Falls” to find a drug store reasonably close to the campsite where my daughter and her friend had spent the night. Then I called Deborah to plead for yet another round of her doctorly help. She very willingly called in a prescription for 7 more Cipro pills to the Sioux Falls Walgreens. I called my daughter on her cell phone, which fortunately had not been damaged by the flood, to let her know where to go pick up the prescription.

It’s probably a good thing the tent is the smallest size Target sells, so not a lot of damage was done to anything other than the Cipro bottle. By now, she has her new supply of meds and I’m sure the damp things have begun to dry out.

The flowers I took Deborah yesterday can never begin to thank her for bailing us out not once but twice. She jokingly said, “It’s the least I could do for making you sit through that awful movie last night” (Kontroll – which was pretty bad).

So life is good once again in South Dakota where my daughter is on the mend and has enough pills to make sure she will be just fine in a few days.

I’m somewhat reluctant to pick up the phone if it rings tomorrow. Maybe I will just let my husband be on phone duty since he is coming back from Detroit today. I never got around to my sit-ups today, but I made up for it with mental exercise. Now I need a nap!


Blogger Washington Cube said...

Any time the telephone rings during an "off" time, you know it's not good news. 4 a.m. calls are the worst.

We do live in an incredible age where we can so readily resolve these problems. How kind of you to take that extra follow-up step with thank you flowers.

Makes you wonder how Native Americans survived those nasty Black Hills/Great Plains storms, doesn't it?

P.S. It's obvious. You're a good Mommy.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Rachel is really going through a vision quest! Thank goodness she has you as her guardian angel (you and your team of professionals, that is, like Deborah).

Yeah, let David answer the phone tomorrow! Whew!

3:16 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I think it says a lot that she'll call you for help. I love my parents, but I don't tend to ask them for help. I never have.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Cube -- Many Native Americans probably didn't survive. People just weren't expected to live so long back then and nature was every bit as powerful as it is today.

Reya -- As sorry as I am that Rachel is having these problems, I'm happy that we've been able to help her out long distance two days straight! There will be a day when she will probably be helping me out.

Kristin -- Rachel has always been fairly independent, so it's a real honor that she has called me. Like you, I rarely called my parents when I was in a bind, only when I thought there was a good chance they could be of help.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

OMG, what more can happen? Hail Google, cell phones and Deborah!

9:20 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

MOI -- I hope this is the end of the problems and that the rest of their trip is scenic but otherwise problem-free! And yes, I am grateful for all those things and for Deborah!

9:32 AM  
Blogger steve said...

Where have I been? Sorry to hear about Dylan..."Live porn in Thailand" ooooggllly-booogily! They have something like that in nuevo Laredo, although its probably not nearly as classy...
hope your daughter makes it fine....did you know that South dakota is so flat a fella could drown on a mountaintop?
Notthin like the fever of a U Trac Infection to put you through a Vision quest...I got through one "Au naturel" one aspirin , only lotsa hurt a lot.
I'm taking some time off from the blog-see ya in a cupla weeks.

11:53 AM  

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