Friday, April 13, 2007

Life gets scary, just when you least expect it

Tuesday afternoon I was beginning to work on an art project when my phone rang. It was my daughter (mother of 3-week-old Sofia) gasping, "Mom—really bad pain in my stomach—can you come?"

Long story, shortened:

• dreadfully ill, very frightened daughter (Emily) in terrible pain
• very scared Mom (me)
• ambulance
• hours and hours and hours in the ER
• CAT scan
• perforated ulcer
• emergency surgery

Incredibly, the baby slept peacefully in my arms through all the drama. My husband was out of town, Emily's husband was at work, not answering his cell phone left in his backpack, out of hearing range. (I finally just left Emily in the ER and drove to his workplace and found him.) I will spare you the details, which, at this point are a jumbled and confusing bad dream in my head anyway, but tell you this story has a happy ending. Cayo or I have been spending nights at the hospital with Emily so she could have the baby with her and continue to nurse her. Emily is recovering, the baby is thriving, husbands/fathers all present and accounted for and doing their parts to keep things running smoothly.

Bad stuff happens in everyone's life, this I know. And while it is never welcome, it can certainly make you thankful. Thankful that Emily is not still in South America. Thankful that I was home when she called. Thankful for the EMTs with the ambulance, who were incredibly wonderful guys. Thankful for modern medicine and the smart and caring people who practice it. Thankful this didn't happen a month ago, before Sofia was born. Thankful, thankful for each other and for friends and for family. And for so much more.

18 comments:

  1. So much to be grateful for - No1 on the list, Mothers who love and support. Good job!!

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  2. Glad it all worked out...I've got another thankfully for you...thankfully Emily has a great mom to call on at a moment's notice. (Mine is several thousand miles away) Hope Emily recovers quickly. TTFN

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  3. So glad that this has a happy ending, but what a frightening experience! Our experience with EMTs has been the same, truly efficient and kind people in our area, too.

    Hope Emily continues to improve rapidly and that all of you get the rest and care you need.

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  4. Thankful most of the emergency is over!

    Hugs!

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  5. I am so happy to hear everyone is on the way to recovery. Still nursing?! Wow! That is amazing. Good for Emily and Sofia!

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  6. I'm thankful for you. June

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  7. Holy Cow! That is frightening! It was good to read that it had a successful outcome. Perforated ulcer and nursing...yikes. I bet the cellphone is in the pocket now!

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  8. A scarey event with a thankful ending - I am relieved and happy for you.

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  9. OMG...what a frightening experience...glad y'all are ok now..

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  10. Hi from Bezerkeley! I hope that Emily is coming home today and you get sort of get back to normal! Sending lots of good thoughts your way!!!

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  11. Definitely scary, there's not much worse than your child being in pain and danger. So glad that everything is well.

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  12. Whew! Adding my concern, relief and continuing good wishes.

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  13. So glad that this has a happy ending,

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  14. Mom to the rescue-so happy it all turned out well. Hope your daughter is feeling much better very soon

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  15. Jane Ann7:44 AM

    Oh, my, what an experience. Hope all is well, but what a great story about TWO devoted mothers. Yes, a lot to be thankful for.

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  16. Wow, Terry, so glad it's all working out. What a fright it must have been!

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  17. So glad it turned out OK, well done for being there and doing what a mom does best....being the strong one in a crisis! And your little bundle of sunshine is delightful! love that half smile after the bath. Congrats on the thinking blogger award, RATS, I was planning to nominate you, TOO LATE!

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  18. This was a scary story but so relieved to see that all turned out well. What would she have done without you?

    Moms and grandmoms rock!

    Lovin' the baby bath photo. She is a sweetie. You and hubby must be on Cloud Nine.

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