I’d like to start off today’s linky with a funny story. Because sometimes when things are particularly crummy, it helps to laugh and look at the bright side. My dad recently shared a story that explains a lot to me about how my neurotic family operates and it feels good to laugh out loud again.
When my grandmother was admitted to a hospital in Westchester years ago, my grandfather and uncle paced the halls trying to locate her. After an hour of being sent from one corridor to another, my grandfather decided he had enough and BURST INTO THE OPERATING ROOM yelling “WHERE THE HELL IS MY WIFE?!”
I don’t recommend this or condone this kind of behavior by any means, but apparently he was escorted out of there and reunited with his wife within a matter of minutes.
I’ve never experienced this kind of nervous energy before from my father, but sitting next to him on Wednesday at NY Presbyterian was an experience. I tried to console him with a copy of US Weekly (he didn’t appear very interested in Bachelor Ben), I brought him coffee (which turned out to be a terrible idea because ELEVATED NERVOUS LEVELS), and we did a lot of out-of-the-window staring/nontalking for the four hours we waited.
I’ve never been so happy to see a doctor.
Long story short (too late!), we still don’t know why she’s been experiencing shortness of breath but she’s going to be on a heart monitor for 30 days and has to take it easy. Has to. It’s not easy for someone who still works the nightshift at a nursing home, but it’s an important lesson in all of this.
If ever there was a time to be grateful, this is it for me.
My things (in no particular order):
- All of you. For all of it.
- Gentle reminders of how precious and frail and fleeting this world can be
- Lord Huron’s new CD. Don’t know ‘em? Listen to this song which has been on constant loop in my car and apartment
- This book.
- Spicy Thai food
- Buster for always making me giggle and for making friends everywhere he goes. He’s pretty irresistible
- Having my brother (and his girlfriend) in town for the week. It’s so great to know they can keep an eye on mom and take her to her appointments
- A break in the heat this week
- Yoga Download
- Blasting Old Crow Medicine Show with my dad and mom in the car on the way back from the hospital. That was pretty special 🙂