Friday, January 30, 2009

The Roller Coaster

Wow, this month has been a real roller coaster.

Mom and son closeupOn January 11th we experienced the birth of our first grandchild, a beautiful, healthy baby boy. I was able take a week off work to spend helping out my son and daughter-in-law as they adjusted to having the new baby.

Then on January 21st, I received a call from my mother telling me she thought she was having a heart attack. We rushed her to the hospital and she had surgery for a blockage and a heart stent implanted. Then further testing showed she needed a pace maker so that surgery came the following day.

Mom is now home and improving daily, but it will be a slow process as she heals.

The last three weeks have shown me just how quickly things can change and how precious each moment is. How life can change. I went the euphoria of having a new grandchild and watching this wonderful new being everyday for a week, back to the everyday grind of a job. From gathering pen and paper to head to a meeting, to grabbing my coat and rushing to the hospital. Joy, Excitement, Birth, Life, Daily Living, Fear, Worry, One short phone call, a couple of breaths, a heart beat that is thankfully still beating.

Don't take life for granted. We do not have the promise of tomorrow. We have today and the opportunity to tell those we love how much they mean to us. Don't let this chance slip away.


  1. Oh I don't take anything for granted. My mom has had so many health scares...I tell her that she is on your 9th life:-)

  2. I'm so glad your mom is alright & at home. I'm so sorry she had to go through all that!
    You're so right... each day is a gift!


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