Patty, the kids and I were the guests of our beloved White Sox on Thursday; what's more, the Sox were kind enough to pull out a ninth-inning victory over the Tigers (and a third victory in the five-game series.)
As you can see, the club was very kind to Patty. We were given really good seats, and Patty received items signed by A.J. Pierzynski and Jermaine Dye, her two favorite Sox players. PJ was not able to attend, because of a commitment at school, so Kelly's friend Allison came in his stead.
We had a great day. The only downside was that the heat and humidity were a bit hard on Patty. Her fingers were swollen for some of the time, and we even had one scary moment -- when the Sox won the game, Patty jumped up to celebrate, and sat right back down because she thought she was going to pass out. She had no further complications, but it was a bit unsettling to observe.
Yesterday, Patty continued to have mild swelling in her fingers, and has had some challenges with her breathing. For now, we're chocking this up to the heat and humidity, although I hope this is a short-lived situation and not an indication of heart failure progression.
With MB's help, Patty has been sorting through some confusion surrounding her return to work. There has been some odd administrivia around Patty's eligibility for disability payments when she returns to work (to make up for the fact Patty is not fit enough to work full-time,) along with the protection she can expect if she has to go back on disability in the future. Insurance companies and retirement/disability programs, it would seem, are not in the business of being the friends of their members.
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Colin, Connor & Patty at the game