Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Yesterday Clint and I had just pulled into a carpet store parking lot when my cell phone rang.  It is not the usual time for my daughter to call me and this thought passed through my mind.  Lucinda told me my sister had been admitted to the hospital with chest pains and had been having tests.  She said the test results so far were okay.  Clint and I drove to the hospital from the carpet store which is not far from our house.

Patti seemed fine, there was a nice sitting area in her room and we three had a good talk and visit.  Once again all her tests were okay and "they" are not sure what is causing her symptoms. She thinks her problem is a panic attack, this is not the first time she has been admitted to the  hospital for this problem.  She said she feels something inside her begins to radiate out to her body and limbs and she feels she is going to lose consciousness. I had not known she had already spent a night in the hospital, I think now my family is afraid to tell me more bad news but I need to know what is happening.

This morning I have talked to her three times, she was waiting to be discharged
and anxious to get back home.

Last night my insomnia struck again.  After an hour and a half, I decided to get up and read the newspaper.  Instead of reading the newspaper, I then decided to watch Hoarders and had watched only a few seconds when I heard a shotgun being fired behind our house and the immediate screaming of a woman! There was total silence afterwards except for a distant barking of a dog.  This happened around 1:16 AM.  I run into our bedroom in a panic and asked Clint to go back into the living room and turn off the lights. I was afraid this"killer" could see inside the sidelights of our front door, the sidelights that are still uncovered.

I felt like I needed to report this to the police so I called 911 and told what I had heard. The  police called me back about 40 minutes later to tell me there were officers behind our house and wanted to alert us so we would know it was the police if were were to see or hear them.  I looked out and saw no one, they must have been on the other side of the hedges along the fence in back.  Still don't know anymore about the incident.

After this, I was trembling all over.  The idea it was so closeby and the screaming of the woman following the loud bang.  Our little lane looks so perfect, everyones' homes are new, neat and the yards so well attended.  In this area there are some wonderful neighborhoods near some not-so-wonderful neighborhood and homes.  Welcome to Tennessee! This morning I was speaking to a neighbor across the street when I went out to the mail box.  He didn't hear the shotgun.  He and I both thought of the same location as being the source of the gun being shot.

I can do without drama such as my sister ending up in the hospital, hearing shotguns being fired and a woman screaming!  I stopped by the library today on my way home from working out.  When I got to the car my sister had left me a message that she was safely home and nothing could be found wrong with her.  For that I am very thankful.


Clint said...

Yeah---welcome to Tennessee. Everything seemed to turn out OK. As far as the shotgun blast at 1:15 AM---can't everybody just get along?

Shady Del Knight said...

Good gracious, Cindy! You've been through the ringer in recent weeks, haven't you? The loss of close family members, pinned down by violent storms, and now these latest stressors. If I had been though all that I'd be chugging liquid Nervine by now! This calls for some heavy duty reframing. Your sister is okay. You are okay. Your fitness program is on track. You are actively involved in life. You are brainstorming and shopping and brimming with new home decorating ideas and blogging ideas. You have retained your sense of humor. You are surrounded by people who love you and care about you, including friends like me on the other side of the screen who think you're great!

Anonymous said...

Boy oh boy Cindy you sure have had some excitement since moving
back home! I like what Shady Del Knight says about all the positive in
your life now,
its always good to be reminded, we can be to close to see that.
Remember God only gives us what we can handle at the time with His help.
Love You, Ginny

Crystal Mary said...

Hello Cindy, I am glad to hear your sister is okay. Tell her next time to breath in and out of a paper bag...its an anxiety help to give back needed carbondioxide to the blood stream. If it doesn't work then go to the hospital.
How terrifying to hear a gun fire and a woman scream..hope no one was harmed?

Cindy Ellison said...

Thank you dear friends ... Shady, Ginny and Crystal Mary!

Shady,thank you for reminding me of all the blessings I have. The older we get, it's just natural that we are going to experience these storms of life. I am in contact with some of the most caring people on here and am thankful for you all! Hope you've found a shady spot to stay cool, Shady! Thank you for such kind words!

Ginny, it is so good to hear from you. Thank you for your words of "God giving us what we can handle at the time with His help." These words are so true and I am doing fine. This morning I looked through a library art book on techniques, it was fun and I always learn something. Hope you are staying busy and I want to see some of your latest work! Love, Cindy

Crystal Mary, I have always heard of breathing in a paper bag when one feels a panic attack coming on. So simple but it must work since I have read it for years. I am going to mention this to my sister. My sister was a nurse for a little over 30 years, she says she is going to start taking better care of herself. I am trying to encourage her to get some more interests and hobbies. Hope things are going well with you, Mary. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Have not heard a word about any crime happening the other night. Very strange.