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29 February 2016 @ 10:47 pm
Oh, What A Morning!  
It was a crazy ass day! Sis woke me up at 6am to ask if I smelled something burning. It did smell a little weird in my room, but not like burning. I went to the kitchen and I didn't smell anything at all there. She wanted to stay home from work, thought something was wrong. I told her staying home from work because you smell something weird is a lame excuse for a sick day. So she goes. I go back to sleep. Hard. I'd taken a muscle relaxer the night before along with my regular sleepy meds because I felt so awful Sunday night and thought I was coming down with something, so I'm out hard.

Then apparently my sister is texting me all morning, wanting to know how it smells, if I'm okay, if there is a leak. I sleep through 9 texts and 3 phone calls, the last of which says she's sending my aunt over. Her imagination is running when I don't answer, thinking the gas has gotten us all. Aunt comes, wakes me up. I'm like, okay, I do smell something strange in my room, but still I wouldn't say 'burning'. Aunt is like, 'It hit me hard coming in the house.' So she calls Sis and Sis says she's coming home and then Aunt leaves to go to work. I go to go back to sleep, but after a few minutes I realize I feel really nauseous. I decide to go to the bathroom and get a Sprite and see if I feel better. I get to the toilet, sit down, start to try to go and suddenly I feel a cold flush, lightheaded, like I'm going down. I yank my pants up and rush back to my bed without peeing even. I think I am going to throw up and pass out and I start shaking like mad.

So I call Sis and tell her I don't feel right and she says call Aunt. So I call Aunt and she is like, I can't leave work, call Cousin. So I call Cousin and she is like, go open the front door and sit in that chair there and I'll be right over. So I get up, still shaking, and decide to check on the cats by throwing treats on the kitchen floor - don't knock my methods. 2 of the 4 come and then after a minute the third, but Pippin is too lazy and figures I'll bring him a treat - he's not wrong. I go find him, everyone seems okay, but I can really smell it now.

Cousin comes over - does a 20 minute drive in under 10 to get here - and takes me and the dog out to the garage, then herds the cats onto the sun porch and goes around opening all the windows. Consumers shows up to check it out and then Sis arrives home. I'm sitting on a couch in the garage - we just put it out there to wait for the charity to come get it this week, so lucky me, I had a couch to wait on. Consumers tells us there are no gas leaks or electric fires and says to call a furnace guy because they think something had crawled in our vents. Furnace guy comes for over two hours and works on cleaning our furnace and our vents, which he says had enough cat hair to make a cat in it. He doesn't find any one offending piece but says the furnace is dirty, severely clogged, needs new filters and honestly, needs to be replaced.

It didn't even cost $200 though, so that's good. And the house didn't burn down. No one died of gas inhalation. It's all good. The house still smells and we have to get a new furnace and I am pretty sure I have a UTI, but Sis didn't come home to find firemen carrying me out along with five dead animals, so she's calling today a win!
Shireboundshirebound on March 1st, 2016 05:31 am (UTC)
Wow. I'm glad to know you have so many folks to call on in an emergency.
dodger_sister: familydodger_sister on March 3rd, 2016 10:19 pm (UTC)
It's one of the perks of having a big family that like 80% of live within a 20 minute drive from me! One of the downfalls is that they always let themselves into the house to use our bathroom! It's called knocking, hello! ;)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on March 1st, 2016 12:35 pm (UTC)
I am SO GLAD everyone is all right. Jeez, woman!
dodger_sister: screweddodger_sister on March 3rd, 2016 10:22 pm (UTC)
It was a wacky ass day, for sure! I think whatever was burning up in the blower and blowing up into the vent (which was the problem) irritated my lungs and now I may have bronchitis. Had to cancel my dr apt bc of the winter ice storm we had here, so it'll be the 15th before I can see anyone. But I'm sitting up and typing this reply, so it can't be too bad, at least. /knock on virtual wood/
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on March 4th, 2016 01:32 am (UTC)
You BETTER take it easy!
dodger_sister: screweddodger_sister on March 4th, 2016 02:44 am (UTC)
Or what?! You'll come and aggressively lay on top of me?!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on March 4th, 2016 03:06 am (UTC)
Well, not if you're having trouble breathing. I weigh a lot.

But I'll do something! *shakes fist threateningly*
poisontaster on March 1st, 2016 06:04 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad you're okay. Sometimes a sibling being annoyingly persistent is a good thing! :D
dodger_sister: siblingsdodger_sister on March 3rd, 2016 10:24 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad you're okay. Sometimes a sibling being annoyingly persistent is a good thing! :D

Thank you! You are not wrong, but damn it drives me up the wall that she is always right! Older siblings too, they are so smug about it! One of these days, I'm gonna be the right one and I'll never let her forget it! (I am glad she called my aunt though because I would have slept and slept until the house caught on fire).
poisontaster on March 5th, 2016 04:12 am (UTC)
Speaking for the Union of Older Siblings, you youngins are just going to have to accept our divine rightness. :D
Kate: Hiding Catceitfianna on March 1st, 2016 07:16 pm (UTC)
*hugs* That sounds really stressful but its good that everyone was being so careful. I hope you feel better, UTIs suck.
dodger_sister: annoyeddodger_sister on March 3rd, 2016 10:27 pm (UTC)
J ended up taking a huge nap that afternoon bc once her adrenaline stopped running, she went down face first! Little Bro gave me the rundown on proper furnace care today and it looks like we haven't been keeping up on it, so once we buy the new one, we will be staying on top of all of our household needs better! Now I'm thinking the burning in the vent irritated my lungs and may have set bronchitis in motion. I'm doubling up on my inhaler until I can see the doc on the 15th and hope that staves it off enough. (had to cancel my original dr appt because of the ice storm we got here!)
Kate: goddess with birdceitfianna on March 3rd, 2016 10:35 pm (UTC)
I can see that, houses take work. My parents have a gas stove that's great but sometimes its smelly and it bothers everyone's allergies. I hope you feel better.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on March 4th, 2016 08:54 am (UTC)
omg your life

So glad you are okay.
dodger_sister: screweddodger_sister on March 17th, 2016 10:55 pm (UTC)
omg your life

LOL, omg, this is my sentiment exactly. It never fucking ends and it is such a comedy of errors, omg. Someday I am just going to put all of these posts of my 'comedy of error life' together into a book and at least make some money off of this shit, lol!

Thank you, babe. The burning in the vents irritated my lungs for a bit, but the doctor gave me an all clear on that this week, so it looks like all that is left is to get a new furnace.