What happens in a day

October 12, 2010 at 7:59 pm 4 comments

Two years ago today—October 12—Mom was in the hospital following her surgery. It was a Sunday, and the doctors had taken her off the ventilator. They encouraged us to try to get her to eat, and we did manage to get some oatmeal down her. Most of the surgery drugs had worn off, and things looked pretty good.

I remember going to the lobby of the hospital with my laptop and finding a quiet place to start a blog about the situation. Those of us there had tapped out the minutes on our cellphones trying to keep everyone updated, so it seemed like a good idea to post that morning about how well mom was doing.

No sooner had I finished the first post than my sister Sherri came around the corner and told me they had put Mom back on the ventilator and on a feeding tube. The doctors expected her to live through the night but called the situation grave. We called in the nearby family members, who came to see her one last time. She lived another few days after that, but that particular day was a reality check and we all suspected what might be coming—even though we didn’t want to accept it. Indeed, that was an important day.

SHIFT GEARS. It’s two years later, and my sister PJ has been here from Maine since late August. She lives in the house next to us, and it’s been a fun and event-filled time! When I went to help her walk dogs last night, she announced that she’ll be here another 40 days before heading back north.  She was a little sad about it, but I told her to look on the bright side: she has another 40 days here! That means 40 more days of sharing laughter, hugging grandchildren, and visiting with family members.

So what happens in a day? Sometimes sad things. Sometimes great things. Sometimes nothing out of the ordinary. But each day is precious…as we all learn sooner or later. Hope you make today (and tomorrow, and the day after that) special!


Entry filed under: Aging gracefully, On the homefront, Words of wisdom.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cheri  |  October 12, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    It is so true Rita. One Day I was on the internet and the next watching Dennis fly off in a helicopter. When we were in Houston we used to look outside each night and say we would never gripe about our life in Fairview again and thank God for every minute we have.

  • 2. Mooch  |  October 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    You are very special Miss RiRi. You make my days better! I hope you have days filled with laughter and love. Love you

  • 3. Rita  |  October 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Cheri, I remember hearing about Dennis at church. I thought there must SURELY be another Dennis Boyer who liked motorcycles in Fairview! God has a way of putting all things in perspective, doesn’t He?

    Mooch, I’ve missed seeing and talking to you! Who knew walking 9 dogs 3-4 times a day could be so time consuming?! LOL! I’ll always be grateful that you and your mom were there that week in Oklahoma City at the hospital…

  • 4. Karen  |  October 17, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    That was so beautiful Reet…you and your family always make my days brighter and special! Love you


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