At least no one was standing under it…
Our house is 113 years old. The fact that it remains standing despite our consistent neglect is a testament to the statement “they don’t build things like they used to.” Nevertheless, even a solid, essentially well-built house needs some love and attention once in a while (just like any member of the family, really).
But we have been ignoring our house – I mean, even more than usual. Who has time to worry about all the little details of home ownership when you’re in the midst of a crisis, after all? So, I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised that half of our bathroom ceiling came crashing down on Saturday morning, right before Jim left to rehearse with Grenadilla. Luckily, no one was standing under it (well, except Jim – who was busy trying to screw the sheetrock back to the studs when he saw it was noticeably sagging.) The sound of our ceiling raining down on our toilet and sink is what woke Ana up that morning…
I can now say we have literally come crashing back to reality. As we enter into the middle of July, and Ana seems to be fairly stable (her labs last week looked good – they didn’t change her prednisone)…we need to focus our attention on some of things we’ve neglected. You see, there was this hole in the roof that we’d meant to get fixed and we just didn’t. All of the rain we had over the last couple of weeks got into the ceiling and that unhinged the roof.
It’s not funny, really, but I’m trying to see the ceiling as half there (as opposed to half gone).
Jim looked on the bright side too – he said, “Well, the good news is there’s no mold under there.”
I’m also pretty lucky that Jim is so handy. As such, he ripped off the ruined part of the roof (well, whatever was still clinging to the lath), screwed some planks to the studs and started putting sheetrock on it. This is what it looked like at 9:00 a.m. this morning:
And by 1 p.m…
There’s only about 6 inches of lath exposed now and then Jim will start taping and spackling. We’re going to try to update a bit more of the bathroom too (new sink and cabinet, possibly a new floor but I don’t dare hope…)
I’m not sure how I would’ve taken this catastrophe before Ana got sick. A few years ago our entire well system failed and had to be replaced and I was a complete basket case. But I don’t feel like that this time. I don’t know. I mean, it’s just a ceiling and it can be fixed. Hopefully nothing else will come crashing down around our ears (either metaphorically or otherwise) and we can really move forward.
MEANWHILE, Ana is doing well. She still seems to have some bad days which usually occur after a lot of activity that tires her out. I don’t know if this is because she’s not 100% recovered from the transplant, or if it’s a result of her compromised immune system, but we are being careful to honor her need for longer recovery periods after lots of activity. Now, having said that, she walked at least two miles the other day into New Paltz with her cousin, and also spent a very full day on Saturday swimming, shopping and being a pretty normal kid. She got her labs drawn yesterday and I’m hoping we’ll have the results early tomorrow. She also has a follow-up appointment with Dr. Martinez (the pediatric hepatologist) on Monday. I am building a list of questions for her (namely, WHEN CAN WE LET THE CATS OUT OF MY BEDROOM??)
I hope you are all having a great summer!!