Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Medical Emergency

Yesterday, I didn’t get my blog entry up because sometimes things happen you didn’t expect to happen, and everything else that’s supposed to happen gets moved around because of the thing that wasn’t supposed to happen happened.  I don’t know about where you live, but where we live it’s summer, and now I totally understand what someone means when they say something is going like 90 because summer around here is going like 90 — 90 degrees and higher!

Anyway, yesterday my brother Josh was running down the stairs to get to his summer job helping Roy at his shop on time.  I was in the kitchen eating breakfast and I heard him galumphing around upstairs in his bedroom.  Then I heard him running down the hallway, and then I heard something crash in the stairs.  It sounded like a herd of elephants were coming down the stairs but it wasn’t a herd of elephants.  It was Josh!

I ran over to the stairs and there he was sprawled all over the place halfway up the stairs.

“Josh, don’t move!” I told him.  I learned that from Aaron.  He says if someone looks like they might be hurt in a accident, the first thing to do is to make sure nobody moves the person that’s hurt.  That’s because if something is broken or almost broken, moving the person is going to make their injuries way worse than they already are.

Josh looked a bit stunned, but he smiled anyway.  “I’m okay, Missy,” he said.

“Oh no you’re not!”I said back.  “What happened?”

“My legs gave out.”

“Okay so did you hit your head when your legs gave out?”


“And did you hit any body parts on the walls or the railings when you fell down?”

“Of course I did, silly,” he laughed.  “I landed all over the place this time.”

“Is this maybe MG related?” I asked.  My brother Josh has Myasthenia Gravis and sometimes his muscles don’t work very well because of it.  Sometimes all it takes is a lot of hot weather to make things really bad for Josh.  That’s why I had to ask the question.  Usually, Josh doesn’t go apples over feathers down the stairs unless he trips or his MG is acting up.

“I think it might be,” he said.  “I’m feeling pretty weak.”

“Okay, so do NOT move,” I told him.  “I’m going to get a expert.  Mom’s on the back patio going over a proposal.”

Then I ran superly fast through the kitchen and out on the patio.  It didn’t take very long before I was back with Mom, and she asked him pretty much all of the same questions I did, plus a few more.  By then Aaron was coming down the stairs, so he stepped over Josh, then helped Josh stand up.  Mom told Aaron to help Josh into the front room to sit while she went to get his medication for him to take.

I got to phone Roy and tell him what happened, and Roy told me to tell Josh to take the day off and not worry about things at the shop.  I was going to hang out at the splash pad in town, but I changed my mind because maybe Josh or my mom might need some extra help around the house, so I stayed home.

Today was a way better day for Josh.  Mom made him promise he was going to take better care of himself, and to sit down at work if he felt wobbly or weird or weak.  I offered to go with him to Roy’s shop but mom and Josh both said it wasn’t necessary.  I stayed home a second day anyway instead of going to the splash pad in case I had to fill in for Josh at work.  I can’t do what Josh does, but I could free stuff up for Roy by answering his phone when it rings and filing important papers in the right places in the filing cabinet of his office.

The good news is that Josh didn’t need me to come help out.  He says that he’s going to go to bed early tonight, mostly because it was crazy hot again today and it’s going to be crazy hot again tomorrow still.  I’m just happy that his MG didn’t make him have to go to the hospital like it sometimes does.  Also, I’m happy my mom has excellent air conditioning in our house because that will for sure help Josh not have too much more trouble with his MG.

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Once In A Lifetime Events

So in the middle of the night, Sali Dali Cat was in my bedroom making a whole lot of noise because sometimes cats just do that for no reason at all.  Sometimes it’s for a reason so when my cat woke me up, I figured I should check to see if maybe mom forgot to fill up the water dish for Sali Dali Cat and Oreo Speedwagon before she went to bed.  So I got up, put on my house-coat, and went downstairs to the kitchen to check.  It was superly late (I know because the clock on the stove said it was 2:35 in the morning) and really dark out.

I just finished putting fresh water in the water dish for the kitty cats (mostly because if I was already up I figured I should just do that so it was nice and cold for them in case they needed a drink) when Aaron came home.  Sometimes on Friday nights, him and his friends go out together and he gets to be the destination driver.  He doesn’t drink alcohol or beer when he goes out with his friends, so that makes him the destination driver because he makes sure they get back home safe and sound with zero zip car accidents.

Anyway, he said, “Hey Missy!  How come you’re up so late?” and I told him about Sali Dali Cat bugging me awake.  Then he said, “How about we go out on the back porch and look at the stars?” and I said okay because I was thinking maybe he wanted to talk about something important before going to bed.  Maybe he met this really cute girl when he was out and he wanted me to be the first to know about it.  So we went out on the back porch.

We were just kind of standing around, staring at the sky, when all of a sudden I saw this bright streak of light go across the sky.  It was blue with a orange tail and a little light yellow and white around it.  It didn’t last long.  Just kind of blink-of-an-eye fast and it was gone.

“Woah!  Did you see that?” Aaron said.

“That was beautiful!” I said.

“That was a fireball.”

“A fireball?”

“That’s what astronomers call a really bright meteor,” Aaron explained, “and Missy, they’re so rare that the chances of seeing one is like once in a lifetime.”

“No way!”  I was so excited.  Here it was the middle of the night and I was awake when I’m usually asleep, and me and my big brother got to see the same once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor shooting across our backyard, and it was all because Sali Dali Cat woke me up and I listened.  Maybe Sali Dali Cat didn’t want any water.  Maybe he woke me up because he had a feeling that there was going to be a once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor streaking across the sky in our backyard, and he didn’t want me to miss it.  I just love that cat so much!

After we saw the once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor in our backyard, Aaron and me, we went to bed  (well, Aaron went to bed, and I went back to bed).  When Aaron got up, he checked online to see if we really did see a once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor.  First Aaron put all kinds of information on the page asking about what we saw on the back porch.  Then after that, the information went into their database.  Here’s what the website said about the once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor.

Aaron even got a special number to go along with the report he made about it, and that means we can check the website and see what else is going on with the once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor.  I cannot get over how special this is.  When I called my Grandpa Barrett and told him about it,  he was really impressed (mostly because he’s a science kind of grandpa), and when I called my Grandpa Two Rivers and told him about it, he was really impressed (mostly because he’s a nature kind of grandpa).  So everybody’s impressed and they should be.

I kind of wish I could’ve taken a picture of the once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor but even if I had my camera with me, I never would’ve been fast enough to take a picture of it.  That’s how fast those once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteors are!

I wonder if Pluto or Jupiter were watching Earth and saw the once-in-a-lifetime fireball meteor, too.  Wouldn’t it be neat to find out that me and Aaron and my two favorite planets saw the same thing at the same time?

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