Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Two Weeks After The Fall

One day you come home from work, go to bed at your usual time, wake up in the middle of the night for a restroom visit, and fall.  You know you have internal bleeding. It's 2:30 AM. You hurt terribly. But, though you are usually an intelligent person, you don't call 911. You decide you will wait till daylight and drive yourself to the emergency room. You are wrong. You will be too weak to drive.

It is two weeks later. You are recovering. The surgeon (one of them) said the operation would be a case study if he would submit it. (You wonder if you could get any money if he did so.)

Random Thoughts You May Have Had
  • You wish you had started the dishwasher
  • Don't those nurses know you don't want to give them blood in the middle of the night?
  • Don't those nurses know all that beeping keeps you awake?
  • Did one of your bosses show up just to make sure you were really in the hospital?
  • Why do they bother giving you beef broth? They could just pour it out and keep from washing a bowl.
  • Some people drive a long way to see you. A looong way. They stay several days, then they take you home. They pick up your prescriptions and leave your cash buried in the bag. You are loved.
  • Someone whose back is hurting spends a night in your room among the beeping beeping beeping. And then comes back every single day. You are loved.
  • Someone else drives a loong way, and spends another couple of days with you when you go home. You are loved.
  • Someone else gets a ride to see you, and spends a whole week with you, and cooks for you, and keeps the flowers watered, and wants to be there just in case. You are loved.
  • Flowers and/or balloons arrive from (or are delivered by) people who love you.
  • Flowers arrive from people you didn't know even like you.
  • You get cards and calls (and rainbow roses) from some people you didn't know even thought of you as a friend.
  • You are thankful, oh so thankful to God, for skilled surgeons, a speedy recovery, and so much love.
  •  You keep reminding youself that no day can be taken for granted. It can change with just one step.

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