Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Last Day of March


We usually end the month with many of the photos that haven't made it on to the blog, but not this month. I looked through my iPhotos and there were so few photos after we came home from visiting my ailing mother in southern California. I found this one and thought it captured the tranquility of a spring day. This photo was taken on March 17th.  Not many have been taken since then.

My mom's MRI was not good. She has a liver biopsy scheduled next week and an appointment with an oncologist on Thursday. I think that conveys the direction this is going. Roger and I are planning a trip down in mid April. My older brother is flying in from Virginia on April 9th. These are the times that make the crazy wide spread out long distance of our families the most challenging. Shouldn't we all at least be neighbors with the ones we most love? Ah these times we are living in. My mother is an incredibly strong woman, so this news comes as a wild surprise after her sudden illness in late February. There will be more tests and more news. The one thing we know for certain is that if deep heart-felt love could save and prolong life, then my mother has so much to look forward to.


16 comments:

  1. You picked a nice photo and it was St Patricks day so things can't be that bad. My thougths are with you.

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  2. So sorry that your Mom is still facing health problems. Have faith in all the progress we have made medically. I know you will feel better when you are there and can give her the support she needs. I so agree on families should live closer but out society has made spreading our wings too easy..
    Sending healing thoughts and hugs.

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  3. The image of your strong mother and father and their love for you and your love for them is foremost in my mind and heart right now. Continuing to send love from Bellingham.

    Looking at your beautiful almost-spring photo, I'm remembering your comment about the sky and the color of love as I look at all the shades of blue in the Arcata sky as well as that sky reflected in the calm water meeting the wind-stirred water in a setting of fertile land with the blooming yellow mustard that I associate with deep conscious breathing and the grass that is the green that I associate with a loving heart.

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  4. Still sending positive thoughts to your mom and the entire family. Loved the tranquil photograph. Looking at it gives me peace.

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  5. Bill-- I hadn't realized that the photo was taken on St. Patrick's Day. Thank you for that and your good thoughts

    Arkansas Patti-- Thank you for your kind thoughts and good wishes. These are sad and difficult times. My twin brother is there now, but leaving this week. My sister lives close by to my mom and has been an incredible support to her. We're all in this together.

    am-- I feel lucky to have grown up in such a strong, loving family. We will all be there to be support for our mother. I love how you see the photo. Your perceptions are rich and beautiful. I appreciate it immensely.

    NCmountainwoman-- Thank you for the positive thoughts. It really helps our sad hearts. Glad you like this tranquil peaceful photo. It was a lovely day at the marsh.

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  6. The yellow mustard, so beautiful and how I love it, as did my Dad. The day I received news of his death, I ran outside and saw before me acres of it in the fields near our cottage and so, every year about Easter time it renews my sense of him. Thank you for that beautiful photo.

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  7. MandT-- There are fields and fields of yellow mustard here. It really paints a beautiful picture, realistic and impressionistic at the same time. So glad you liked the photo.

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  8. I know what you mean about loving near to the ones you love. We all should. I will keep my fingers crossed for all of you and your mom. Hope all will be well.

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  9. The news about your mother really smacked us hard here. We both hope for the best for your mother, you and the rest of your family. Leah and I will be thinking of you all.

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  10. kenju-- It's really challenging not being geographically close to my mom. She's 700 hard miles away. But we are planning another trip to spend a lot more time with her. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts.

    Leah and Mark-- We are all quite blown away by this turn of events. She went from having a terrible intestinal infection (possibly food-borne) to having crazy confusion from the antibiotic interventions to this. There was not a single sign that suggested anything serious over the years. We're still holding out hope that the liver masses are simply anomalous, and not anything more troubling. We'll keep you posted. Thank you for your kind words.

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  11. Good luck with your mom's situation, Robin Andrea. Kali's mom was living in assisted care in San Diego (near Kali's brother) for nearly two years before she died last June, so it was difficult for Kali and me to see her. Fortunately (in a sense), for the last year of her life Kali's mom was so demented that Kali's brother said it would have been a waste of our time coming to California since she wouldn't have recognized us anyway.

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  12. Such a mix of beautiful marshland/sky/mustard on an early spring day and the sobering thought of a possible life-threatening illness taking a much-loved mother. This world holds much to give us peace and wonder one day and cruel surprises the next. Sending all good thoughts your way for whatever lies ahead.

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  13. Scott-- It is so hard at these times when our aging parents live so far away. Lucky for my siblings and me, we do have a sister who lives just a few miles from our mom. Sad about Kali's mom and dementia. Sometimes it truly is a mixed blessing.

    lindaj-- Thank you for your good thoughts. Yes, the world hands us so many things all at once, some of it so beautiful, and some breaks our hearts. We are all still hopeful that my mom will be well. She is sounding stronger and more vital everyday.

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  14. you know I am thinking of you, and her. always. give her a kiss from me.

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