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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

True Story Tuesday ~ 01/26/10

Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of True Story Tuesday brought to you by the wonderful folks over at Once Upon A Miracle. Rachel and Mr. Daddy do a wonderful job hosting this little carnival of hilarity so you really should give them a visit. Who knows ~ maybe you'll be the one able to help Rachel determine what the statute of limitations is on destruction of property.  Then link up and share your own true tale.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Katiebug's dad and I did not have the most amicable divorce.  With that being said, while we were going through this nasty process, then presidential candidate Bill Clinton was going to be at what was at the time Chennault Air Force base in Lake Charles, Louisiana and my mom was taking my Grandma to see him.  Well, I decided there may not be another time that Katiebug would be able to see someone involved in the presidential race in such an up close manner, so we decided to make it a four-generation field trip. 

When you are in the process of getting a divorce and are under orders that neither party is to take the child out of the jurisdiction of the judge, this means you cannot leave the state with said child. {Oops - strike one.}  

Lake Charles is about an hour, hour & a half from Beaumont. Katiebug was 4 at the time.  Four-year old bladders are not prone to being able to hold it for very long as has been well-documented over time.  At some point, we definitely had to find a way for her to "pay her water bill" so I located the little girls room and headed off in that direction...only to be stopped by a Secret Service agent telling us that the area where the restrooms were located were off limits and that she would have to wait until they had cleared the area.  Now this agent must not have had a child or been around many children because as we all know, when they have to go THEY HAVE TO GO! When you have a four-year old little girl who's been potty-trained since 18 mos. dancing around about to lose her ever loving mind because she HAS TO GO, it's funny how it can change a person's stance regarding protocol.  With that said, little Miss Katiebug made it to the restroom and was able to do her business, after which we went back to our seats.  

Now everyone around us were holding signs as you can imagine and Miss Katie Scarlett did NOT want to be left out.  My mom and I looked around and finally found an 8x10 piece of what appeared to be part of another sign and made her a little sign to hold.  She said she wanted it to say "Texans for Clinton" and she waved it and waved it like it was an American flag. 

Remember how I said we weren't supposed to leave the jurisdiction of the judge?  Well, guess what precious little 4-year old with the biggest red, white & blue hairbow you'd ever seen ended up all all three local news stations in Beaumont and CNN that night.  Katiebug you say?...yep, you'd be right.  {Oops - strike two.} Thank goodness her father was a Clinton supporter at the time or else I might have been able to determine if orange really isn't my color as I've long suspected.   

PS:  On a more serious note, if any of you have some prayers you wouldn't mind offering up,  my family and I sure would appreciate it.  My dad was diagnosed with HCC, a form of liver cancer last week.  It's caused by 1 of 2 things: alcoholism or Hepatitis C, and Daddy was diagnosed with Hep C in '91, just about the same time as Naomi Judd if you remember back then.  It's been in remission for the last 12 years or so I guess, but in December his liver loads came back a little wonky so they did more labs and an MRI where they found a 4cm tumor.  As I type this, he is undergoing a TACE procedure which is where they go in by way of the groin (femoral artery) and inject the chemo directly into the tumor in order to shrink it so that he can be put on the transplant list.  He's also having a transjugular biopsy of the liver and it is just what is says ~ they biopsy the liver by way of the jugular vein.  This method is used when the more traditional means of biopsy is not feasible.  You see, in addition to the liver cancer, my dad has hemophilia so all invasive procedures are avoided if possible.  Sorry for ending this post in such a somber note but I've been a little sad & worried this morning.  Thanks in advance for the prayers!  We're all staying very positive and like my friend Doug emailed me today: "Odds are meant to be broken - after all, look at your Saints!"   


lifebythecreek said...

Never sit on the front row when you're a fugitive. That is totally hilarious.. but the ending isn't. I'm sorry about your dad and just sent up a prayer that God will guide the doctors to wonderful solutions, and that you will all be able to find joy along the way.

{Kimber} said...

I love how you said
"pay her water bill"hahaha!
I've never heard that before!!!

Aunt Crazy said...

I'm glad you didn't get arrested for kidnapping your own kid!

I hope everything goes well for your daddy today!!!

Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma said...

I had never heard "pay her water bill" before either! Definitely adding that one to my list cause "my teeth are floating" just isn't cutting it anymore, lol!

My thoughts and prayers will be with your family. Keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly. {{{HUGS}}}

Brandi said...

I totally did a 'true story Tuesday' about something Bill Clinton related as well! =)

Rachel said...

I love PamD's first line... "never sit in the front row when you're a fugitive." That chick knows her stuff!

Now you're gonna have all of us wandering around googling trying to find Katiebug's still of the CNN clip! :)

And please... I have experience with this - look into laser ablation for your dad. The results are better than most other therapies and create less damage. If it's just one (I know, like "just one" isn't enough) tumor, it should be a possibility.

Praying for him.

Just Stacy said...

LMAO at your story, and I'm very sorry to hear about your dad.

Mr. Daddy said...

Secret Service guy's can be such jerks...it was a funny story though.

sorry to hear about you Dad,and Rach does usually know her stuff.. I hate to admit it but she is usually

Ri---Raaai----Rerrriaiii.... Right

will be saying a prayer for you and your family

Foursons said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. This has got to be beyond stressful for you.

I love the story of Katiebug. Of course she was on TV when you weren't supposed to have her there!

Rachel said...

Just to update: there is an ominous silence from my parents right now... I think that statute of limitations does not actually expire when it comes to breaking Dad's stuff...

Tickled Red said...

That story was too funny. LOL SS agent's never factored in the power of a four year old, I wish I could have seen the SS agents face as he tried to deny her access. Sometimes life is about beating the odds...with judicial jurisdictions and with illness. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Michelle Hoad said...

Prayers for your family will be added to my list tonight.

brian said...

Pam D is speaking from experience!

Also, never sit behind the dugout if you called in sick.

Just sayin'

Screwed Up Texan said...

Many prayers to your dad.

Nothing better than a 4 yo that has to pee. In my son's case, he probably would have whipped it out and peed on the SS agent. He did it at my sister's funeral.

Lise said...

what a classic story. You told it so well I could just picture little Katiebug.

So sorry to hear about your dad though and sending all my best wishes! I hope all goes well for him.

I'm visiting from SITS, but it seems wrong to say happy sharefest in view of your sad news - I'm thinking of you instead :)

Jenn Erickson said...

Sending prayers your way for your father. Thank you for sharing your story ~ the image of the wee-wee dance in front of the secret service guy was priceless! I saw your comment on SITS about your drive for more followers, so I figured I'd stop by, say hi, enjoy and follow. Jenn