Monday, April 27, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Still in Arizona, where things are still disturbingly unsettled. My mom was finally moved into rehab Friday, but remains mostly incoherent -- and frequently delusional -- due to massive pain meds she continues needing as a result of her major back surgery. (She managed to get in a dig about my masculinity that is destined for my next book.) Her rare moments of lucidity usually see her trying to show off her MASSIVE neck-to-butt scar, held together with industrial staples. Meanwhile, my stepfather, Gary, had his triple bypass surgery POSTPONED on Friday due to a case deemed "more of an emergency" by his surgeon. Never knew having a heart attack could be considered low priority before now, but I guess since he is under observation -- rendering him unable to see my mom, poor things -- and on the right meds, his surgery can wait. Planning to see him through that before returning to New York, where my employer has been extremely understanding about everything my family has been dealing with.
Silver lining to this whole thing? Getting to see these two munchkins -- AJ and Ally -- an extra time this spring!
Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
En route to Arizona for a family emergency, so postings will be light for remainder of week. My mom had major back surgery on Thursday -- nine hours under, we were all terrified -- and while we were busy exhaling that she seemed to make it through it all right, slowly improving each day after, my stepfather suffered a heart attack while taking care of her bedside. While it sounds horrendous on paper, I'm looking at the glass as half full. It was great that Gary was already at the hospital when he started feeling chest pains. And while he can no longer take care of my mom right now, I am more than happy to step into the role -- and also be there for the man who raised me when he gets discharged in a day or two. Think of me when you hug a loved one today. xo