Friday, May 25, 2012

Usual to Unusual in Sixty Seconds: Take time to Hug Someone You Love Now!

Today started like any normal morning.

I posted a pantser Friday post. I visited a few blogs. I wrote.

A little later I was breathing hard trying to change clothes, forgoing a shower for a speedy trip to the hospital. I wasn't breathing hard because of any physcial reason, but because I was barely keeping back fear and panic.

My mom was being taken by ambulance from her doctor's office to the hospital with a low heart rate (between 39-44), pain in her chest, and high blood pressure (165). My dad had stopped by my house on his way to pick up his cell phone at his house next door . . .which he forgot again while gathering some clothes for my mom.

In the emergency room my mom seemed in high spirits, happy but a little worried. The EMT thought she might just be fine. The docs and nurses said . . ."we'll see" and started a round of testing.

We sat with her for two hours, and then my girls and I went home to gather her stuff, get our homeschool lessons, get my dad's cell-phone and head back to the hospital. My kids did all their lessons in the emergency room today. I read the Bible out loud to my mom, sent out requests for prayer, and spent a lot of time in conversation with my dad.

The results at the end of the day: my mom gets to stay overnight for continued testing, my kids and I are exhausted in the way that only high stress followed by long hours of waiting can make someone, and my dad and I had a much needed keeping up.

You see, even though my parents live next door and I'm an only child, we kind of take each other for granted. We don't gather for long conversations often because we see each other nearly every day. I don't think I've sat and talked with my Dad for more than fifteen minutes in months. He's the kind of guy who takes some warming up to get into "real" conversation . . .you know, something more involved than a weather report.

So, please hug your loved ones today, spend some time with them, enjoy the moments of goodness. Pray for each other, be kind and encouraging. Love yourself. Know that God loves you and you are His masterpiece, made especially to be you.

Happy Memorial Day early.
I'll be back next Wednesday. I have a lot of people to hug.

And if you don't have anyone to pray for lately (seems like we all have a list actually), please pray for my mom, Kathleen, my friend Susan who was in a head on collision on Monday, a boy named Josh with cystic fibrosis, a man named Jon J. (not my hubby John) who has some unsolved medical issues, my Dad's lab test results, a little girl named Jessica with several health needs . . .and anyone you love. (and maybe anyone you dislike too)


Angie said...

Hope your mom is okay. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Jeremy Bates said...

ur lucky u live next door to them... im in the philippines, my parents are in canada... i only get to see them once or twice a year... ever year u miss them more!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Pray your mother is all right and goes home today! My parents live several states away and I see them only once a year. I make the most of every visit though.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Angie - Thanks!

Jeremy - I'm sorry you live so far away from your parents. That would be tough.

Alex - Thank you. Making the most of every visit is good.

Tracy said...

Such valuable words you spoke; we never know at any minute when a loved one will be taken from us so we should ALWAYS hug ones we love and tell them how we feel. I'll put your prayer requests on my list....

Old Kitty said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear about your mum! I am sending her lots of healing hugs and you all lots of comfort hugs. I hope you have a peaceful and calm and healthy weekend. Take care

Tyrean Martinson said...

Tracy - Thank you!

Old Kitty - Thanks! Hugs back.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Oh my God, I hope she will be all right. My mother passed last fall so I know how precious those moments are.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

I hope your mum is ok. I do think it's sooooo important to tell our loved ones how much we love them. It's important not to take anyone for granted.
Many prayers for you, your mum, and the rest of your family.

Tyrean Martinson said...

L. Diane - THanks for your understanding and compassion. She is ok, and I am thankful for more time to have good moments with her.

Lynda - I agree. I do tell them I love them daily, but I realized through this that I don't spend enough time just soaking up their presence. Thank you for your prayers.

Tyrean Martinson said...

For everyone - my Mom is ok. She's home from the hospital and her heart was thoroughly tested and checked out and looks ok. She didn't have a heart attack, she didn't have a stroke.