Life has been in one of the low points lately that is for sure...but then I figure the only place to go is UP right? A week ago we had a small house fire...and by that I mean it was contained mostly to our bedroom and no one was hurt so we are counting our blessings on that! Ill explain later.. But between that, B running over his cell phone with the tractor, his continue finger therapy, stuff at work, struggling with personal "woman" stuff ... we are definitely ready for a positive!
I've had a ton of people ask me what happened with the fire so I'll explain a little more. A week ago friday Brendan and I left at the same time - him to work and me to an appointment and then a coffee date with a friend. We left about 0800 and I got back home a little after 1000. When I opened the door to the house the smoke alarms were going off and even saying "Fire. Fire." - I was WRACKING my brain trying to figure out what I had left on or running... stove...candle...coffee pot...curling iron... but I literally had used NONE of those things that morning. I RAN upstairs thinking "I have to get Hank and get OUT of here!" - When I opened our bedroom door It was FULL of smoke and I couldn't even see in. I called for him and he did come eventually, but not like he usually does - this time he actually hesitated so I'm sure he was scared...
I grabbed him and ran with him out our patio door and dialed 911. Then called my husband. Hank didn't have any burns, had no singed hair or anything on his face but he was COVERED in black soot and was even sneezing. I ran around the house and opened the garage door and pulled the hose all the way into the back. Hank is terrified of the garden hose so I basically had to PUSH him down the deck stairs towards it. I did my best to spray him off - legs, paws, neck, face and even in his mouth. His mouth was still pink and he was acting like his normal self - super excited and wanting to run around so I was hoping he would be ok.
The fire trucks came SO FAST - like within 2 minutes I bet. Two fulled suited up guys went into the room to check it out and I hung around with the fire marshall giving him our information and telling him everything I could. In what felt like forever Brendan made it home finally. The paramedics looked over Hank and besides him being a little fearful of them at first he was trying to jump all over and play with them (of course making them soaked...) But they also agreed that he would be ok.
We got the all clear to go in the house - I never did see any flames and they thankfully did NOT have to use any water in our house. What we think happened...
Hank stays in our bedroom every day with the door shut and has done fine for months - not chewing on anything, no accidents but just hangs out in there. B comes home daily at noon to let him out and check on him, etc - There was a Go Pro Brand portable battery pack for charging cell phones on Brendan's night stand. We think Hank grabbed it, chewed on it on the rug and must have chewed enough to make it hot or cause sparks..which in turn caught our rug on fire. The battery pack was melted onto the rug and the rug was pretty much melted also. Our room was also SUPER hot the firefighters said and of course EVERYTHING in the room was BLACK covered in soot and smoke. Our bed, bedroom furniture, flooring, walls, trim, doors, my clothes hanging in the closet, tv, dvd player, rug, bedding... all of it.. done for.
The process of clean up and assessment got started pretty quick. A cleaning company came out within an hour of me calling our insurance company to make the claim. Unfortunately we have soot on all surfaces of our house...upstairs and downstairs too.
This past week has been a week of numerous phone calls, itemizing all the wrecked things into a spread sheet for our claim, taking a ton of pictures, seeing our house ripped apart (our bedroom is STRIPPED and all the flooring is torn out of our upstairs due to soot stains...)
These are all just THINGS and we are blessed that I was off that day and I came home when I did. If not it is likely that we would not have a house...or a dog. We took Hank to the vet and he is ok. He did have some smoke inhalation and some junk in his lungs of course - he was put on some antibiotics and a couple other medications as well. She said the first 24-48 hours would be the worst and that was definitely true. The first night he was gagging and would cough up phlegm that had a ton of black soot in it. We also are supposed to keep him pretty low key for 10 days - which if you know Hank at all that is NOT easy! He is one energetic dog to say the least!
Honestly this entire experience has taught me quite a bit. I'm grateful that the situation wasn't worse. If we had both been at work all day we would probably have no house and no dog. All the things that got wrecked are just that...things. Replaceable. Things we can live without.
Home doesn't have to be the place you usually live at. Home is wherever you make it and the people you are with. Living out of a hotel and chasing back and forth for more clothes, to do laundry, to grab food, etc isn't ideal but having my husband and dog with me even if it's in a hotel room and not our house it still feels like home when I am with them. Home is a feeling.
I'm learning to let go more and more each day. I'm a control freak by nature and I thrive on routine. No that isn't all bad, but I used to go into panic mode if a wrench was thrown into my day. I'm learning to roll with it more. If I don't get done all that I hoped or none at all I know now the world will go on. Our life this past week is crazy chaos and does not have any type of order. Our house is torn apart. Our kitchen table, downstairs bedroom and other rooms without flooring and piled with boxes. Digging through boxes to find a pair of socks. All those things that I would prefer not to be doing. But it's OK. Because it is just a season and this too shall pass.
Have you ever had a house fire?
What is something tough you have been through and the lesson you learned from it?
Are you a control freak? or do you go with the flow?
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