Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Few Words on Wednesday

On top of the overwhelming stress of the broken furnace and the arctic blast, just when we thought we couldn't stress out any more, my wonderful mother had a stroke Monday morning. It came as a complete surprise because she has been in very good health. The left side of her body has been effected. She is in the hospital and will be there for a few more days. My sister lives just a few miles from her (we are 450 miles away), and has been at her side. Her grandchildren have been there as well. We skyped with her Tuesday afternoon (my thoughtful sister brought her computer to the hospital so all my mother's far-flung children could see her face). It was good for our hearts to see her, to laugh with her, to hear her talk about her experience. We are hopeful.

The furnace repair guy came and the furnace is working at the moment. If it continues for 24 hours, we'll breathe a much-needed sigh of relief over that.

18 comments:

  1. Good on the furnace. I've read that if they catch a stroke right away, they now can eliminate most of the damage it does. Hope that's the case with your mom

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  2. Best wishes for your mother; it's so hard when they get more frail.
    And may you stay warm.

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  3. May your mother make a rapid recovery. Having spent yesterday at the hospital with my mother (all went well) I can empathise with your feelings. And may the furnace keep going as well!

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  4. Sorry to hear about you mother I hope she comes through. Unfortunatly my parents did not. I can only wish you all well

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  5. Oh, so sorry to hear about your mom. I do hope her recovery will be good. How wonderful to have Skype. I'm sure it means a lot to everyone. I'll be thinking of all of you.

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  6. rain-- We woke this morning to a nicely heated house. It's an amazing thing to have warmth throughout, after a week without. The doctors are working on a plan for my mom that will probably have rehab and some kind of physical therapy. We're hopeful.

    Isabelita-- We were absolutely stunned by this turn of events. She's been pretty healthy overall. When I talked with her on the phone Monday morning, she was slurring her words, it was a heartbreaking moment. She was having a stroke.

    John-- Thank you for your kind words. I hope your mother stays well too. And, we have a wonderfully warm house this morning. Things are looking brighter.

    Bill-- We're hopeful that my mom will come through this with minimal damage. She's pretty strong, although this has definitely changed things for the foreseeable future. Sincerely sorry to hear about your folks.

    NCmountainwoman-- Thank you for your kind words. We're waiting to see what the doctors will do next in terms of her rehabilitation. Skyping with her made all the difference in the world for us. We really needed to see her face and hear her laugh.

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  7. I tried to comment earlier but I always have trouble commenting from my iphone. Anyway, it's good that you all were able to laugh with your mother despite being so far away. We'll be thinking of you and your mother.

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  8. Holding you and your mother in my heart & sending love (and warm thoughts!) across the sea.

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  9. Oh my. I hope your mother gets better soon. May she be home before the holiday starts. There is nothing better then being home with family during the holiday season.

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  10. Om mani padme hum

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  11. Mark and Leah-- Thank you for your kind thoughts and good wishes. I always tell my mom all the good things people write here. She loves it.

    Annie-- Thank you for sending love and good wishes. It always goes straight to the heart.

    Lady Lilith-- We're hopeful she will be home and well soon. Thank you.

    def59485-- Thank you.

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  12. Sending love and encouragement to your dear mom as she recovers from her stroke.

    And what a relief to be able to heat your place to 60 degrees again. That is where I am comfortable, too.
    We've had unusually cold weather here, down to below 20 degrees but warming to almost 40 degrees today.

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  13. Here's the Medicine Buddha chant for mom:

    TADYATA OM BHEKHANDZYE BHEKHANDZYE MAHA BHEKHANDZYE (BHEKHANDZYE) RAJA SAMUDGATE SVAHA.

    I chant it every day, I've been chanting it for her.

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  14. am-- Thank you for your love and encouragement. My mom continues to improve everyday now. She is one of the most resilient people I know. And, yes, we are very happy to be warm again. What a relief.

    Tara-- Thank you for that. I'll tell her that you are chanting for her. She'll love it!

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  15. Sending healing energy for your mom, along with warm wishes for you and your family for the holiday season. Best, Peter

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  16. I hope your mom continues to do well and improve. And the furnace...the furnace...it must do your bidding and warm the house!

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  17. Peter-- Thank you for your kind wishes. To you and Ellie as well.

    John-- My mom really does sound quite well. We are all hopeful that she will continue to improve. The furnace is working. We love waking up in a warm house.

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  18. I hope your mother has a speedy recovery. Positive thoughts on the way.

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