Comedian Ron White says “I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonadeâ€¦ and try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” That pretty much sums up the last two weeks.
After spending four days in Texas, I returned to the ranch. Sleeping in an ICU chair for three nights along with the emotional drain of seeing your best friend in a coma wears a person out. Could I sleep in the airport, plane or shuttle? Heck no, but as soon as I drove the Ford off of E470 onto the Interstate I was out like a light. One guardrail stripe later, I pulled over at the next hotel and slept for 18 hours.
The following day I judged ag engineering at the Box Butte County Fair. An hour into judging I received a call from Texas that surgery was going to be performed to remove the damaged part of the brain or she was not going to survive the day. Attempting to carry on discussions with kids while watching the phone screen out of the corner of your eye was trying, but after five hours the verdict was in that she had survived the surgery.
To finish up the week, I took part in a conference call for the Nebraska Agriculture Leadership Council, and presented a seminar on Interaction and Etiquette to the UNL Animal Science Ambassadors. We also sold the rest of the yearling steers which I followed to a Columbus lot, and caught up on haying.
With everything going on, I was handling the stress incredibly well, or so I thought, until the morning we went to gather the yearlings and I had pulled the four-wheeler up to the fuel barrel, then went and got the pickup and trailer to head down to the south place. Four hours later, Mom called my cell and asked if there was any particular reason that I had left the four-wheeler at the gas barrel â€¦ running.