Friday, January 20, 2017

Payback Time for Mothers

This is me after sleeping in the recliner all night next to my mom's hospital bed.  I use the word "sleep" loosely. My eyes were closed. That has to give me some sort of rest, right? I met lots of very fine hospital employees. In fact, every one to two hours all night long I was meeting fine hospital employees. I am glad for how diligently they check on my mom.

Just for your information, I would not book a vacation to General Hospital if you can afford something along the lines of a Caribbean cruise. I'm just sayin'.....

Somewhere in the night, I saw a young boy just out of diapers pop into the room with the nurse. She called him "Doctor."  They are definitely graduating these people right out of the crib. Because there is a better result with less pain narcotics used (according to the nurse), I had to fight to get anything stronger than tylenol for my mom. I want her to do well in surgery today of course, but she doesn't complain until it is unbearable.

She got the good stuff a few minutes ago and is sleeping comfortably.

At midnight, during one of her nurse wake-up calls, Mom requested they brush her teeth. They did (with the fancy battery operated toothbrush I bought her). Then she asked me, "Vicky, did you go on your run yet?"
"No," I said. I had rushed out of my hotel yesterday morning to drive right away to NY so I could be with her as soon as possible. She knows how terrible it is for me to miss my daily exercise.
"You should go now." Mom was perky and happy.
"It's midnight," I said.
She glanced out the window. "Oh."
"Are you wide- awake?" I asked. (I assure you, I was not.)
What to do? I sure wasn't in any condition to sit up chatting. "Want me to get the eagle cam up on my computer and you can watch the eagles?"
"Yes! That would be fun."

So, I set up my computer, and she smiled as she watched Harriet the mother eagle and her eaglet snuggling in their nest. I went back to "sleep."

Mom cared for me as faithfully as Harriet. She must have had many sleepless nights and many worries and cares for my safety, especially in my most vulnerable years. It really is a blessing that God gives us the opportunity to return that selfless love.

Her operation on her arm and hip is today at 1:00. Prayers appreciated.

Isaiah 49:15 

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your mother's teaching.

“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),

As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

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