After spending the first part of the summer teaching a class, I was more than ready to take a vacation starting in mid-July. The plan was to spend four days visiting Chicago and my brother, who lives in the greater Chicagoland area. Then we would head to central Illinois to visit my husband’s family for a couple of days, and then head for home. We were supposed to leave on Monday the 22nd and return on Monday the 29th.
The morning of the 22nd, I got up early to finish packing and then woke up both girls. Morning blood sugar check for my daughter was low (in the 60s). She ate a package of fruit chewies, and we were off to do last minute errands, including picking up breakfast at McDonalds. Once we arrived back home, the girls started eating breakfast, while I finished packing the van.
At some point, I noticed my younger daughter (the one with diabetes) hadn’t touched her breakfast because she had a stomachache. I had her sip a little of her Diet Coke, and then go lie down for a little while. This didn’t help and she ended up getting sick about 20 minutes later.
Now I’m wondering if this is an isolated thing, or if we are starting a sick day. The answer came about 30 minutes later – it was a sick day, and our vacation was postponed. All of us were disappointed to delay our vacation, but I managed to rearrange our trip for later in the week. She ended up getting sick three times, but was feeling better by early afternoon. Her diabetes behaved; blood sugars stayed up OK and no ketones. She did run hot and cold without much of a fever and didn’t eat much throughout the day. But, as sick days go, it wasn’t too bad.
Later that night, we were eating dinner when we heard a loud noise, kind of like a popping sound, coming from somewhere in the house. We couldn’t find the source of the sound, and put it out of our mind. Until later that night, that is, when my husband went to feed the fish in his 55-gallon aquarium. When he lifted the lid, he noticed something didn’t look right; the frame for the lid was partially in the water. This same frame also held the aquarium lights, so he quickly removed them while I unplugged everything in the cabinet below.
With the lid, light, and frame gone, the source of the loud noise became clear; the center support connecting the front and back of the aquarium, and holding up the frame with lid and light, had snapped on the front right side. As my husband was troubleshooting the problem, we both looked at the side of the aquarium and saw that the front was BOWED! Not just a little bowed, but REALLY BOWED! Just as I was trying to get the words out “Oh no, the front is bowed, what do we do?!”, my husband said “The front is bowed, we have to get the water out now!” So, over the next two hours, we (mostly my husband) managed to siphon out the water before any leaks occurred. We also found the fish a new home that night, and they all made it through the transition to a new aquarium.
Without our daughter getting sick and postponing our vacation, we would have been gone that night. Obviously we don’t know how long the aquarium would have held together, but chances are good that our cat sitter would have found a HUGE mess the next day. Needless to say, 55-gallons is a lot of water.
So, to recap, daughter getting sick and having to postpone vacation – bad. Saving our house from an unmitigated disaster – good.