Between visits to the bathroom and collapsing on the bed, a few decisions got made.
I knew settlement must go on. Too many other arrangements hinged on this process. I just wasn't sure how to make it happen.
Once again our agent showed his worth. Since my husband really couldn't see to do the walk thru of the condo without me at 10:00 am ... and I pretty much "married" to my bathroom ... the agent suggested doing the walk thru on his own. He reported back that all was well.
He also arranged for the settlement to be performed in two parts. The sellers coming from Pennsylvania completed their portion of the settlement at the original time of 11:00 am. And our portion of the settlement was scheduled for 3:00 pm - in hopes that my symptoms would pull back a bit. And they did.
Of course, I could not drive - but that was resolved by our son who was scheduled to attend the settlement to assist his father with signing the documents. Who would have guessed he would be helping both of us.
By the time 3:00 arrived I had been able to keep down small sips of fluids for about 4 hours. That was good. It gave me the energy to walk.
The agent made sure our meeting was schedule close to a bathroom. Early in the meeting I joked about the need for me to exit for a "smoke break." Everyone chuckled, but if the bathroom hadn't been close, it wouldn't have been funny. Seriously. This "never smoked in her life" lady took advantage of several smoke breaks.
All went well for the first 20 minutes until I just ran out of energy. I got quiet ... talking required too much effort. I resisted the desire to just place my head on the table. The settlement attorney stepped up the speed a bit. All was summed up pretty quickly. After a final smoke break we headed to my son's car.
When we stepped outside I felt a little better. I had gotten so cold in the building. I was grateful for the outside heat. Of course it was 100 degrees in the shade. Never in my life have I enjoyed 100 degrees!
Once in our parking lot I felt pretty unsteady. Climbing twenty steps to our front door was a struggle. At home I wrapped myself in a blanket and laid down on the couch. I began to feel a bit better just being prone.
So ended settlement day. Now we owned 2 residences. But at that point, I was mostly glad we owned a couch and a blanket.
Till next time.