Thursday, October 25, 2007

greetings from the land of smoke and fire

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know all of Southern California is aflame. Everyone in my family has been affected somehow – from preparing to evacuate their homes to needing to evacuate their homes to having school/work/everything cancelled all week long. Everyone is fine at this point, but it’s crazy. And the air! The thick, orange-gray smoky air… breathing it is a chore. Every morning I walk outside to my car and it’s covered with a layer of white ash.

A couple of days ago, I came to the realization that the costume we had picked out for Evan over a month ago – a firefighter – now seemed in poor taste. So yesterday I went over to Party City and bought a substitute. I didn’t want people thinking we were somehow making light of the situation. Now he’s going to be James, Thomas’ the Tank Engine’s vain red friend. What could be more harmless? It’s kind of a silly costume, but he seems into it.

In other news, my placenta and I don’t seem to be getting along very well. Now how’s THAT for a segue? Come to think of it, my placenta and I have never been BFFs. Last time, I had a retained placenta that took an act of God, a lot of tugging and a sharp instrument to remove. This time, I have a marginal placenta previa that we are hoping will resolve itself within the next four weeks (according to my doctor, it should). But in the meantime, my evil placenta is um, causing some symptoms that I, um, find unpleasant, resulting in me consulting multiple nurses and doctors both on the phone and in person several times since last Friday. I’m sure everything will be fine, but maybe just send some positive placental vibrations my way, would you?

My placenta and I will update you soon. Stay safe, and don’t breathe that smoky air.


Amy said...

I have never heard of such a thing (the placenta, I'm at least out of my cave enough to know of the fires in CA). I am so sorry. I will pray that it IS resolved soon and that nothing more comes of it.

Oh, and stay safe from those flames, too. You and all of yours -

Janssen said...

oh, that does not make me want to get pregnant - the more I hear about wacky things that can happen, the more I think that suddenly a surrogate mother sounds like a very enticing option :)

Good luck with the placenta and the fires.

david said...


This is your placenta. I am not cross with you - I am not cross at all! Let's be friends.

little miss mel said...

hang in there on all fronts.

Is it something that bed rest will help improve?

Hope these next 4 weeks are positive and filled with no placenta drama.

Hang in there.

Neil said...

I think a firefighter costume would actually be a tribute to the hardworking firefighters.

Sorry about the other stuff.

AnnieM said...

I've had a few friends that have had the same placental (?) issues. They all cleared up when they needed to; I am sure yours will too!

Be safe!