You know how they say that when you make plans, God laughs.
I believe that.
Anyway, I got up early and did my grocery shopping for the weekend. My guests for the Weaving
I decided to clean the porch, and I spent a while out there mopping the floor. When I came in the phone ws ringing. My husband, on the other end of the line, sounded frantic.
My mother fell, he had called the ambulance.
Many hours of sitting in the Emergency Department later, the bottom line was that she had broken her shoulder.
This was devastating news to me. I have dreaded some kind of injury like this that she might have to endure.
By 4pm, I was back at the studio, DH was sitting at the hospital with her, until she could be admitted.
My students came. My daughters all rallied to get us through the weekend, spending the time with my mother that I would normally have done.
The weekend, otherwise, has been good. I love teaching, and the two women I have here are a delight. Of course, the rice pilaf I made them for dinner last night, might have been better had I remembered to put in the RICE. But hey, I was distracted. To say the least.
I even managed to get to the hospital this afternoon, after a shout out to L to come monitor their progress.
My daughter says L is an angel.
I said, Good Lord, don't tell her that. She won't be able to get her head through the door.
Sydney says: I can help.
Well, maybe I can just cheer you up.
My mother will be home tomorrow, most likely, and we will figure it out from there. I think L will be spending some time alone here at Crazy as a Loom. Holding the fort, so to speak.
I will be dragging my nurse cap out of storage. Ack.
But whatever, I will be advocating, if not nursing, for my mother.
After all, what are daughters for????
OH! Your poor Mom! Poor Hilary. Shame on you for making plans.
I hope everything goes as well as it can.
Hang in there! I'll pray for a speedy recovery. Although I know there's nothing going to make that go quicker.
Oh gosh, Hilary. This is such crummy news. Is she in pain? I shouldn't say this, but better the shoulder than the hip. Wow, that would have really been dreadful. Do they think she will heal quickly or will her age be a determining factor for her?
Maybe you better just take some time off, or can she be there in the studio with you so you can watch her while you weave?
Take care and so sorry to hear this news, sweetie.
I wish I could have brought nursing experience to my mother's decline. I'm so sorry Hiliary. I know what I went through and I wouldn't want anyone to have that on their place. You've said it before - you have become the mother. I couldn't have sidestepped those years, but they messed with the memories I would have preferred to keep.
Hilary, Just a note to say I am thinking of you. Taking care of our parents can be very challenging. Remember to take care of yourself and maybe get someone to help with your mom. That way it won't be such a drain on you. Your weaving gives you joy and that will make you better able to care for your mom.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your mom...and extra patience and endurance for you!
Whoever said getting old wasn't for sissies knew what they were talking about! I also dread the next fall my mom takes--she's had several falls before she had Alzheimer's. She is declining rapidly mentally, but still struggles so to try to hold onto her memory!
Praying your mom heals quickly! She's lucky to have a strong advocate!
Thinking of you, Hilary, from way on the other side of the world. I am so sorry for your mother,and for you. My experience of this kind of situation is that once you find a certain level of equilibrium, something changes, not for the better. You are strong, resilient. Way will open, as the Pennsylvania Dutch say (or is it the Amish?) Take care of yourself, and I will keep you in mythoughts.
You're all in my thoughts and prayers Hilary--working together you'll make it. Wish I could send a casserole!!
i'm so sorry. just when you thought you'd have a bit of 'free' time without orders waiting, etc. but i'm extra sorry that your mom will have to endure pain, restricted movement and cumbersome healing time. i hope she will be strong...
Oh geesh, I'm so sorry to hear this about your Mom. I hope she can recover well and quickly. Hugs to you, my friend.
Oh Hilary - sorry to hear this!!... Your poor mother!..and YOU!!....
What beautiful eyes Sydney has.. such a serene pale green.
I'm sure your nursing hat isn't that dusty, and your Mom will need a good "patient advocate"!!! Here's to a speedy recovery for her!!!!
So sorry to hear of your mom's fall-hope she heals well and you be sure to take care of yourself, too.
OMGOSH, Hilary. So sorry to hear about your mother's shoulder. Shoulder's really hurt - so I hope they give her some nice pain-killer. Maybe you want to take some too, eh?
I'm only half-kidding . . .
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