Well, I have a couple of minutes here so I just thought I'd let everyone know how things turned out. First, the water heater. After we tried three different parts, one of which I drove to Decatur (one and a half hour trip one way) to get, it was finally determined that our water heater was leaking, and that's what was wrong with it. Also, warranties don't transfer apparently, so since we are the second homeowners, the water heater was not covered. So, after some yelling and crying, I ordered a new one, and my wonderful friends, who had been helping this whole time, helped me get home, and when we got there, realized it was too tall!! So, we had to get another one, and finally, we were able to install! It worked, and that night, Monday, John and I were able to get our first showers in five days!! It was bliss. I can't even describe it. And I savored it. I lingered for a full 45 minutes.
Next, Jonni's ear. I learned my lesson, because it turned out that her eardrum had burst. Not enough to relieve any pressure, or drain or anything, just enough to ooze into her ear canal in front of her eardrum, and cause another infection. So she actually needed a couple of different kinds of antibiotics to clear it all up. Lesson learned, and she is fine now. We have two more doses, and she has a clean bill of health.
I am now doing damage control on my house, and I think by the end of the day, the kitchen will be done. The last load of dishes is going right now ( I think this makes three), and everything is wiped down and disinfected, so all I have left is the floor, which I will do after the last load of dishes is complete. Tomorrow: the living room!!
This last week has definitely been a wild ride, but I learned two things. One: always go to the doctor, no matter how experienced a mother you think you are, kids are unpredictable. Two: never trust the warranty people, just go with your gut instincts, which would have bought me a new water heater days before I actually did it.
And, all you deities who are listening, I'm done for the year. You hear me? Done.
Love and Hugs,
The Almighty Liz