Two things that make all the difference
It all started on Friday, April 17.
had driven from Sioux Falls to Orange City, IA to visit mom and take
her out for coffee and a drive around town. I almost didn't come. I had
so much to do of things I felt at that time were important. Of course,
they were not as important as mom. We had a great morning together and
before I left I got her settled in for her nap.
afternoon at 4 pm my brother, Jack, called me. Mom had fallen
down 9 stairs. 9! She fell on her face and broke her nose, fractures in
her face, possible neck fracture, and a broken wrist. My heart broke for
mom. They decided to take her via ambulance to Sanford hospital in
Sioux Falls and Bruce and I met her in the emergency room. I could
not believe it when I saw her. She was able to communicate by squeezing
my hand and I never wanted to let go.
The courage my mom showed was amazing.
She was taken to a room in ICU and they helped make her as comfortable as possible.
When I came back the next morning she was able to communicate a bit
better but it was really hard to understand her because of her swollen
lips. We kept squeezing our hands.
didn't want to leave her but I had a speaking engagement that noon at a
church in Sioux Falls. As I bent over her to tell her I'd be gone for a
bit but would be back as soon as I could she looked up at me and said
"Go bless them, angel!"
My mother’s attitude was amazing
So, I did go bless
these ladies but they blessed me far more than I did for them. I left
the church knowing that 100 women would now be praying for mom.
days in ICU were a blur of great doctors and nurses keeping mom as
comfortable as possible. And every person that helped her got a ‘thank
you’ from mom. She was loved by all.
then spent 10 days on the Neuro/Ortho floor where she had various types
of therapy and no matter what new thing they asked her to do – she did
Any time she was awake and conversing she was expressing gratitude and appreciation. She was loved.
April 30 I moved her to Prince of Peace Rehab Center in Sioux Falls.
Here was a 91-year old woman moving to a place where she knew no
one and did not know what the future held for her. She had some moments
of concern but I told her “We are in this together”. She would smile and
squeeze my hand.
days a week she has physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech
therapy. When the therapists come into the room to get her she says “Ok,
I’m ready.” When asked if she is in pain or tired she says “No, I have
to do what I have to do.”
early morning last week I was on a run to train for my 1st 5K. I do ok
until I get to any type of hill and I tell myself “This will be too hard
to run. It’s ok to walk for the hill part.”
As I was running I was thinking about mom and the extreme courage she
has demonstrated and doing things that she, too may not think she can –
but she does them anyway. I faced my first hill and as I was getting
ready to slow down and take the easy way out I wondered ‘what if I would
take on my mom’s courage and attitude?’ So I ran up that hill. It may
not look like much of a hill but it felt like a mountain as I was
running to the top.
I did it because my mom is doing things that take far more courage than what I face on a daily basis. A hill is nothing.
I never realized how much courage it takes to grow old. But, I realize it now.
I am in awe of my mom.
Courage and attitude.
I want to be just like my mom when I grow up and I never want to let go of her hand until Jesus replaces my hand with His.
It takes extreme courage and a positive attitude to be a business owner.
It takes extreme courage and a positive attitude to live life!
Are you facing a difficult situation? Are you feeling like the hill is too big? It's not. If my mom can do it so can you!
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