They had gone to a local fun center to play miniature golf. When they finished their game, they realized that all the employees had left and they were locked inside! They had to climb over the fence to escape. Before doing so, John called the fun center, in case climbing over the fence would trigger a call to security. Of course, the phone went to voice mail, so John and the kids proceeded to hop the fence. In the process, youngest daughter fell, taking the brunt of the impact on her face and leg.
1. I'm thankful that she didn't seriously hurt herself. She's not broken, just bruised.
2. I'm thankful for a nearby emergency room.
3. I'm thankful for a prompt response from the manager of the fun center. He called first thing the following morning, offered to pay for any medical bills and incidentals, and has been in daily contact with us to assure our daughter is healing well.
As I mentioned, I was in Oregon for about a week. I flew in on the 12th. The plan was I would arrive at my parents' house the day before my mom's surgery, and help her post-op. My brother would then come for a week, followed by my sister.
The surgery day arrived. When we got to the hospital, a nurse came out to introduce herself to my mom. She said her name, and I said, "And you went to ____ High School and graduated in _____!" She was in my graduating class.
4. I'm thankful for the chance to catch up with a fellow classmate after all these years.
5. I'm thankful for her nursing skills. She really has a great bedside manner.
After all the prep work, it was time for my mom's surgery. Just as she was going to be wheeled into the operating room, her surgeon came in, wrapped in a hospital blanket. She said she was sorry, but she didn't feel well and wouldn't be able to perform the surgery that day.
6. I'm thankful for a wise surgeon who recognized her limitations, and didn't try to operate while ill.
She said she would reschedule the surgery for Friday (of last week), but that the hospital would call to confirm. On Friday, the hospital said the surgeon still was unable to operate. The scheduler would call on Monday to let us know the new plan.
7. I'm thankful for a wise surgeon who recognized her limitations, and didn't try to operate while ill.
Meanwhile, we occupied ourselves by making trips to Grandma's care facility. I love hearing her stories. Regardless of the level of truth to her tales, her stories show a woman who cares about animals and children. (Alzheimer's has meshed truth with fiction in her mind, but she believes everything she says, and I'm not going to disagree.)
Back at my parents' home, Mom and I played some epic Scrabble games. We laughed at the tiles we pulled, and laughed harder at the "words" that we challenged. Zam, anyone?
|Not surprisingly, I did not win this particular game.|
Dad kept busy, too. "I found a new model," he said, as I mentally scrambled to put the sentence in context. Then I noticed the flower in a vase in his hand, and realized that there was a tiny spider on the petal. Photo shoot!
I don't have a copy of his photo of the spider, but here is an example of his similar work:
8. I'm thankful for the fun we have together. Whether playing games, looking at the latest photos, or sharing the latest tidbit we've learned, we genuinely enjoy each other's company.
On Sunday, I met with another friend from high school. Even though her parents have lived next door to my parents all these years, we never seemed to be visiting at the same time. It had been almost 30 years since we had seen each other! We had the best time catching up. We both have 5 kids. She has 2 granddaughters and a grandson. I have 2 granddaughters and a grandson on the way. We talked and laughed and talked some more. We forgot to take a photo (which is really too bad, as we had inadvertently color-coordinated our outfits!) We promised to not let 30 years pass before the next time we get together.
9. I'm thankful for friendships that can pick right up after decades apart.
On Monday, the scheduler called. Mom would have surgery on Wednesday, the day I would fly back home. Fortunately, my flight wasn't until later that day, so I was there for the surgery and could see her post-op before I had to leave. She is in the capable hands of my dad and brother, and my sister will arrive soon to help out, too.
10. I'm thankful for John, who was there to pick me up from the airport, and who held down the fort while I was gone. Spending hours in the emergency room, into the wee hours of the morning, was not in the plan for when I was gone, but he took care of it anyway. I'm thankful he was there, and there wasn't need for all the king's horses and all the king's men.
How's that for a mixed-up week? How did your week go?
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, The Meaning of Me, Thankful Me, Uncharted, The Wakefield Doctrine
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