My water heater exploded today, along with my brain

**This is gonna be a long one. Not beauty/wellness/chronic illness related. But, if you’re interested in hearing about my meltdown, get a drink, some popcorn and settle in haha**

Y’all, today has been a day! A few days ago, I mentioned my daughter was taking the train to Canada for a two week vacation to see her boyfriend. Her train was scheduled to leave at 4:50 this morning, so we  had to get up at 2:30 this morning, to leave by 3. The train station is a 20 minute drive, which was nice. So, we get there, and the station is deserted. No one working inside, and one woman waiting with her family. I live in a pretty rural area of South Carolina, so honestly, the station being deserted wasn’t a surprise. Not many folks around here are clamoring to go north haha The train arrives, and they literally whisk my baby girl away. I mean, her feet weren’t on the steps good before it was pulling off. She’s 19, and this is her first trip by herself, and it’s out of the country haha My nerves!! I choked back a few tears, and headed home.

I got home just in time to see my hubby off. He’s working out of town this week himself, so I get the house ALL TO MY SELF!! At least for a few days. He leaves, and I putter around, doing a few odds and ends before I try to nap. I loaded the dishwasher and turned it on, straightened up a few things. You know, just stuff. My grandma called to see if my girl had gotten off alright, and we chatted for a few minutes. I am incredibly close with my grandparents. They are honestly more like parents to me. Anyway, totally off subject haha

I settle back in with my YouTube on the couch and my dog starts losing his mind, barking. He’s barking at a noise in my kitchen. There are always little noises in my kitchen. The ceiling fan is set to hurricane, so it rattles the masterpieces my niece draws for me, that are attached prominently to my fridge. I didn’t think anything of it, truly, but he wouldn’t stop. I get up, grumbling at him about being so overprotective, and then I see it …

My hot water heater is spewing BOILING hot water from the top. SPEWING. BOILING. HOT. WATER. I couldn’t find a way to turn it off and I couldn’t get anything under the pipe to catch the water. I am frantically calling my husband. I called my uncle. NO ONE was answering me!! My uncle called me back about five minutes later, and while I was panic-talking to him, my hubby beeped in. The water stopped flowing while I was explaining what happened. I couldn’t hear him very well, so he said he would call me back in a little bit. I turned off what I thought was the breaker, but it wasn’t. Of course it wasn’t.

He finally called back, and he talked me through using a voltmeter to figure out which breaker to turn off. That process took about an hour, I swear. Maybe time was just dragging. I dunno, but I finally figured out the breaker and got it shut off.  I’ve mentioned how much I love hot baths. We should have known there was a problem last night. I was taking my usual hot bath/aromatherapy/relaxation siesta and, as the water was running, I noticed that the water was hotter than usual. And not just a little bit. It was VERY hot. Too hot for me, which is nearly unheard of. Anyway, hubby thinks the thermostat must have gotten stuck and it wet cray cray heating up the water. When the steam created too much pressure in the tank, it blew the release valve. There was water everywhere. Oh my word, so much water. And it was CRAZY hot. I was so worried that it was going to melt the linoleum, it was that hot. and I couldn’t get to most of it to clean it up. It went under my deep freezer and under my stove.  I got what I could and called it a day.

Or, so I thought. I called my uncle back to let him know it was, more or less, under control. He informed me that today was our produce co-op pickup day. ARE. YOU. SERIOUS. RIGHT. NOW. The very last thing I wanted to deal with a crap ton of fresh produce. I pick up for my uncle and one of his buddies, so I really had no choice. The little town that I pick up in has two “big” stores: a Family Dollar and a Dollar General. I stopped in both, just because I felt I needed to blow off some steam with a little retail therapy. It was a bust. After I picked up the produce, I decided to stop at the local hole-in-the-wall Chinese place. I use that terms affectionately. The food is outstanding! I ordered my usual: sweet and sour chicken, veggie fried rice and veggie lo mein. It’s my comfort food, and man, did I need comfort! It was finally ready and I grabbed it and sped home. As I’m opening containers, an odd scent hit my olfactory nerve. Sigh … my veggie lo mein was, in fact, shrimp lo mein. Now, I do not like seafood, or fish, or anything that comes out of the water. Crazy, I know. But there they were, big fat shrimp sitting in my not-veggie lo mein. I was heartbroken, but I put it in am airtight container and hubby will very happily devour it when he gets home. Of course, the stress and physical demands from trying to deal with the water heater triggered a mini flare. My pain meds weren’t working and I could barely walk. Of course this was happening. Of course.

Guess what? That’s not all, folks! My daughter’s first train switch was at Penn Station in NYC. She got lost. For about an hour. Sheer and total panicked lost. My cousin lives in upstate NY, so my daughter called her for moral support. And, my cousin is familiar with Penn, so she was able to talk her through getting to where she needed to be. Shortly before boarding, my daughter collapsed. I guess from exhaustion and topped out anxiety levels. They got her on the train and wanted to call the paramedics, which she declined. Once the train was underway, she was able to collect herself and calm down. It was a huge relief, once my cousin picked her up in Albany, and I could hear her voice. She was good, but certainly the day kicked her behind, and I could hear that in her voice. I have never felt so helpless as a parent, in my nineteen years in this role. There was literally nothing I could do to help her, 1,000 miles away.

Tuesday:

Sorry guys, I just couldn’t finish this blog last night. After everything that happened, I was beyond emotionally spent. I turned on my water heater breaker long enough so that I could get a somewhat hot bath and got myself to bed. Today has been a MUCH better day for me, and a much better travel day for my girl. She is about 15 minutes from de-training, as we speak. I know she’ll be very excited to see her boyfriend and meet his family, and NOT have to think about the train for awhile. She’ll have to come back through Penn on her way home, but she knows what to expect now. Crossing my fingers, and sending out good energy to the universe that the next time she’s there won’t nearly as traumatic. Thank you for listening to me rant. I don’t do it often. I’m one of those people that stuff just tends to roll off, without a care in the world. Hope you all had a good weekend, and I’ll chat with you all tomorrow!

Carrie♥

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