I couldn't be more thankful though to those that helped get us through it. First, I have to give much thanks to the doctors, nurses, and support staff at Mercy hospital in Rogers. I honestly have never had more appreciation for what those people do every day than I did last week.They were phenomenal! Every single person went above and beyond to make sure my mom and I were well taken care of. From the emergency room staff giving us cheerful good-byes as my mom was transported upstairs, to the nurses that were happy to hand out needed hugs, the cardiologist that did an amazing job diagnosing and treating my mom, the nutrition specialist that were caring and patient as we tried to figure out when and what to eat, and even to the hottie construction workers that flirted with us as my mom was scared going into her first big heart test. Truly truly my heart is bursting over with thanks.
Before moving on to my next round of thank yous, I need to thank one more person from the hospital. Not an employee, but a volunteer. Thursday morning my mom had another procedure where she had to swallow a camera thing that showed the doctors the veins in and around her heart. After coming back to the room, it took a little while for the anesthesia to wear off. I was sitting and visiting with my mom when we begin to hear this beautiful music. A nurse came in to check vitals and do whatever and we asked her where the music was coming from. It was coming from the hallway where a young girl had brought her harp and was playing. What an amazing act of kindness. The nurse said she comes a couple of times a week and just plays. I am telling you it was so neat and made us feel so special. Thank you young lady whoever you are. Your random act of kindness was such a calming light to us.
The next group of people I must thank is my coworkers. Ok those of you that are not teachers will not understand this the way teachers do, but when you have to be away from your classroom it is a huge hassle. You have to type up sub plans and leave detailed instructions for what is to be done every minute of the day. Typically, I leave everything out and labeled and as organized as I possibly can. However, Tuesday afternoon when I met my mom at the hospital there was no time for sub plans at all. No sub plans for Wednesday quickly turned into no sub plans for Thursday or Friday. This could equal major disaster. However, my amazing team took care of it all. I came back to work Monday and everything was in perfect order. Words can just not express my gratitude for working with a team that I can count on to take such good care of me. Not only are they coworkers, but they are very dear friends. They allowed me to focus on my family and prayed for me through it all. SCE K team you make my heart full! (Sherri you have to get in on the next group picture. :-( )
Speaking of friends. Ok y'all my mom and dad have some total rock star friends! They both totally deserve amazing friends because they are pretty amazing people. I know I am bias, but my mom and dad love their friends fiercely and they deserve to be loved back. Not only did their friends drop everything to be at the hospital with us through each test, they prayed with us, and even came running when I needed a minute alone to compose myself. They also came to my dad's court hearing on Friday. I cannot tell you how much that support meant to all of us. We just felt wrapped in love. While my dad is not the touchy feely kind, I personally couldn't have made it through the day without the supportive hugs I got from my parents friends.
Don't think for a minute that I am going to forget to mention my amazing friends. I have always always loved being an only child until now. Although let's be honest, even if I had a sibling, I would never allow them to take charge when it comes to my momma. That is my job. I don't know maybe being an only child created that. Ha. Any way, in this case being an only child got a little overwhelming. While I appreciate all the phone calls and text so very very much, it became challenging keeping everyone up to date. Just about the time I got everyone caught up something would change. I know my friends just waned to check on me and let me know they were thinking of me, but they often were the last people I was able to talk to. My friend Melissa was amazing through all of it. Of course she is always amazing. She was fabulous about just letting me call and blurt out questions or break down any time I needed to. Jennifer was also beyond amazing. She let me know she loved me at least three times everyday last week and even let me just yell and cry on her with all of my overly tired emotions on Friday. Thank you sweet friends. I couldn't love you more if I tried.
And last, but certainly not least, my husband- my other half. Marshal is the rock that keeps me standing. Complete ridiculous song quote, but this life would kill me if I didn't have him. He took great care of our children, while I was focusing on being a daughter and couldn't fill my normal mother role. He sent me sweet pictures of our children and made sure I knew they were missing me, but doing great. I am so thankful to have him. He allowed me to just breathe and not worry.
I am a very lucky lucky girl!
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