There is so much going on my life, a lot bad but a lot good too. For both I want to be at my best though. My Aunt who is already chronically ill had a fall at home last Sunday night. She broke her shoulder and cheek bone. My Mom, who lives with her and is the guardian of her person, has been with her at the hospital all week keeping her company. Plus the surgery and hospital stay have been nothing short of a disaster.
So I’ve been staying at the hospital too. I not only have been there for my Aunt but for my Mom too and have been trying to coordinate everything with doctors, uncaring nurses, incompetent nurses, PCA’s, and other hospital staff.
Of course seeing my Aunt in pain, confused and bruised is just terrible in itself. Add to it, that my Mom is not feeling well from worrying and that all of this happened just a few days before Christmas, it feels very stressful.
I ended up not having our traditional Christmas Eve fish dinner for the first time in my life but I had to conserve my energy. I had to stay well enough to still be able to help with my Aunt, have Christmas Day at my house and not get sick for my older daughter’s visit from Kansas.
I did the best I could. I washed my hands frequently at the hospital and stayed in my Aunt’s room only. I slept whenever I could even napping at the hospital. I prayed a lot. I vented a lot. I tried to keep things in perspective.
And you know what? I survived. I didn’t get sick, thank God. My Aunt is out of the hospital and in a Rehab Center. Christmas Day was lovely. My older daughter is here and things are going well enough.