Sunday, October 30, 2011

Thank goodness I listened.

I visit my parents several times a week. Sometimes I just don't want to go. There are so many things I want to do instead: blog, scrapbook, read, shop, rake leaves - yes, I really do enjoy raking leaves. Sometimes I just don't want to go. There's all the routine things I need to do: laundry, grocery shopping, housework, yard work. Sometimes I just don't want to go.

Last Monday night, I mentioned to Dad that I would see them Tuesday morning at the doctor's office as they both had appointments. He said, "Oh, you don't have to come down here for that." I must admit that my eyes lit up as my mind started racing, thinking of all the things I could do instead.

But then, something  Someone told me I should go. I'm glad I listened.

After Mom's visit with the doctor, we walked down the hall to the lab for blood work. I waited around the corner. After a few moments, I heard the tech calling Mom's name repeatedly, telling her to wake up. Then they called for her doctor to come quickly. After several minutes - very long minutes - Mom came to and the doctor sent her to the hospital.

Dad was able to drive her, and the hospital was less than 3 minutes away - literally, just across the parking lot. I learned that direct admit means get Mom upstairs quickly, bypassing the emergency room. I waited downstairs to do the paperwork. When the lady asked for my address - as a contact person - my mind went blank. I almost had to look at my driver's license. (Stress does strange things to us, doesn't it?)

After many tests, it was determined that Mom had a seizure.


Here she is - just chillin' - before one of the tests. I was amazed at this machine. The last time Mom was in the hospital, she had to be taken somewhere for tests. This time the tests came to her! This is technology at its best.

Since Mom had a massive stroke 9 years ago, she has aphasia (unable to communicate). I always stay with her when she has to be hospitalized. I call it our pajama party.

Good news: Mom was able to go home the next afternoon. I came home, too, and have been trying to catch up since. (It rained on my leaves. Sad face. At least it wasn't slow. Happy face.)


When you hear God's voice, please listen.


29 comments:

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Sorry to hear this, and how scary for all of you! So glad you were there for her and for your dad too! He must have been stressed out by this.

malia said...

Thanks for this post. You are right-- there are always so many things to do and it feels like not enough time. Thank goodness you listened to your intuition. I hope your Mom is doing ok-- Malia

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

So glad your mom was able to come home so quickly! Even though my mom would say...don't bother to come...she was always glad when I did. Hope you are having a great weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am so glad you were there and able to stay with your Mom. I do believe and try to listen to that God whisper! hugs, Linda

Becky said...

Awwww, bless her heart. I didn't realize she couldn't communicate. But she sure does a great job of letting you know when she is happy with that wonderful smile! Hope she is doing better.

Lesley said...

Oh goodness. Glad to hear all is okay. Get some rest!

Thrifty Crafty Girl said...

You are a very good daughter! I hope your mom is feeling better!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

WOW, thank goodness you listened to your intuition. I am a firm believer in that. Hope your Mom recovers nicely from this scare.

Melissa said...

So glad you listened to that Still, Soft Voice. Praying that your mama has a speedy recovery and no more problems. ♥

Kerin said...

My goodness... that's pretty scary stuff! I am so glad for you that you listened to the spirit, and that you were so close to the hospital!
Glad that she is on the mend!!
You are a loving daughter, and I am certain that your parents are so grateful for you!

mtashie said...

So happy to hear that she is back at home. I'll keep her in my prayers. My parents are 79 & 80 and nothing we haven't been able to handle. My mom went through breast cancer almost 5 years ago and I had to care for her then. They are very lucky to have you! Take Care!

Heather at Willow Cottage said...

What a blessing you are to your parents. I love this reminder of listening to God when He s talking to us. :-)

By the way, thanks for the tip about following blogs in an earlier post. I am using that tip now too.

I hope your parents are comfortable and settled back at home.

Liesl said...

Oh my goodness, I am so glad you went as well...sometimes your gut and instincts knows things before you do! I love that you stay with your mother while she is in the hospital for a "pajama party," that is so sweet and I'm so happy that she was able to go home! Thinking of you all!

Liesl :)

P.S. I did get your smilie face...thank you so much for sending it, I really need them right now and it meant a lot!

Ginger Zuck said...

I'm so sorry, you're little mama. I wish her well, she has a good daughter!! Enjoy them as long as you can... I don't have either of mine and I miss them soooooooo!

Linda said...

HOW SCARY. I AM GLAD TO HEAR YOUR MOM IS DOING BETTER . I WILL KEEP HER IN MY PRAYERS.

Debby said...

I'm glad you mother is out of the hospital and I hope she will be okay. Very scary. Glad that you were with her.

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

So glad you listened; sometimes it is easier not to.

Also glad your mom has been able to come home and that you were there to help her and your dad during the incident.

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

Good to hear that all turned out okay for your mom.

Mimi said...

What a wonderful daughter you are! I have had some similar experiences with my parents. And I know what you are talking about. So glad your Mom (and you) were able to go home right away.
And - I'm a leaf raking lover too!

Tammy @ The Stitching Coop said...

Good for you for listening to the voice within you speaking. I do hope your momma is okay, or at least as good as can be expected. Hugs. Tammy

Mongs said...

so sorry to hear about your mom but so glad to hear that she is alright now. Yes it's so true that we need to heed to that voice. It's hard when our parents are old and need our care. I felt like you too, sometimes thinking of doing so many of my favorite things instead of visiting my parents. It has been 2 months since my mom passed away, I really miss the times i had with her. She was also uncommunicative for almost two years. You're a wonderful daughter and your mommy knows that!
mongs, mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

Alex Butts said...

It's amazing how Someone can always lead you to the right decisions. I'm glad you could be there for your mom and dad, I know they appreciate it. Sending my best!

Diana Joy said...

Sorry about your mom's seizure.. yes we have to listen to those voices in us... hugs.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oh my gosh, P., that is very scary. I'm so glad that you were there with them when it happened. I'm glad that your Mom is okay. Hugs and God bless,

Kathy M.

Rosy said...

Yes Stress is famous for making us do odd things, sometimes when you look back at yourself and remember what you did or had said when under pressure, stress and the like it all seems like some crazy funny cartoon to laugh at.

middle child said...

Last sentence? Best advice ever. God bless your mom.

Wendy@~Chez~La~De~da~ said...

Whoa! So true, so little time in our lives. We forget that it's about our loved ones sometimes...not the yard, the dishes and the laundry. How very very lucky for you that you had good hearing that day! Sometimes we push God's voice out too, thinking it can wait and then blame Him when our loved one is gone!
I am glad your mommy is on the mend and you can enjoy her still...Hugs
~~Wendy

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Hi my dear, I am catching up with my blogging friends and you have welcomed me home with so many posts to catch up on. I was very upset to read about your Mum, hope she is making good progress now.

Betty said...

I came via another blog...I enjoyed my visit and am thankful your Mom and Dad have you...

My Mother and five siblings were victims of cancer...and my Daddy died of a massive heart attack.

Treasure each moment you spend with them...it can come to an end so quickly.

Blessings...Betty @ Country Charm