Why is it that bad news come in a triple whammy? I’ve gotten my two, just holding out for the third one before I crawl under the covers and refuse to resurface. Though, I suppose much like hiding from the gardener, this isn’t feasible adult behaviour. Sigh.
The first piece of news was a few weeks ago, when my mum was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia. What can I say about this bad boy? Web MD tells me it is, “often considered one of the most painful conditions seen in medicine. Usually, the pain is felt on one side of the jaw or cheek, but some people experience pain at different times on both sides. The attacks of pain may be repeated one after the other. They may come and go throughout the day and last for days, weeks, or months at a time.” From where I’m standing it means watching my mum suffer a lot of pain and not being able to do much or anything really about it. It hurts her at the most random times and during an eight week period when it was really bad, she lost an incredible amount of weight and sleep from not being able to eat properly.
The second has arrived today in the form of a gentleman who came to survey our renovated home. He is the Assessment Officer with the powers to pass or fail our house on its renovations. He failed it. In human terms this means we need to spend a lot more money on it to get it passed and deem it certified to live within. Exhausting stuff considering we have no more money to spend on it and would really just like the whole thing to be over with. Of the five major failings he pointed out, four are due to the negligence of the builder. I hate builders. Most of them give not a damn for the people who hire them – as someone who has gone through several, I can make this statement with little regard to their feelings. Most of them, have none. We were very, very lucky when we stumbled across George, he’s a our current friend / builder and he’s the only one who has ever said it’ll take two weeks and then finished it properly in four days. He’s helped us with the paperwork and the forms and the people. He’s a damn helpful man and we’re very lucky to have him. But the rest of them can rot in hell for all I care.
Now, what do we think the third piece of news will be?