Wednesday, March 9, 2011
May the Peace of the Sea be with You
The past three days I was laid up writhing in pain and couldn't get out of bed due to several medical problems. I finally went to the emergency room yesterday. Since I couldn't walk or sit I had to go by ambulance. I tried to hold out so I didn't have to pay the fee of an ambulance ride since my insurance has a $10,000 deductible, but I just couldn't do it. After tests and a few pain shots, I'm back home and I'm feeling a bit better today.
I know most people don't talk about the negative things in blogs, but don't we all have highs and lows? While I was lying in bed, all I could think of was the mounting bills which are sure to come, Gary having to take up the slack, my inability to work on my art, missing my painting class, missing my women's group meeting, missing the homeowners association meeting, and not being able to go the market to sell the item's we already had loaded in my car and his truck.
As I was being hauled away in the ambulance our neighbor happened to come over and gave Gary this piece of art he got at a garage sale because he was thinking of me at the time. He was the person who named my two paintings Pinball Machine at our wine tasting party. This same neighbor has had more than seven heart surgeries and I am sure he has more problems than I do and yet he was thinking of me. I am humbled and so appreciative of his generosity.
While I was in the ER a woman in her late 80s was in the room next to me and she found out she had a cyst on her liver. She was thankful she didn't have something seriously wrong with her. After she was discharged she came into my room and told me she had had several back and neck operations in the past, had lost her husband in September and was thankful she got to take care of him for six months. Then she said, "Never give up honey, things will get better". A perfect stranger took the time to come and cheer me up. I was so grateful.
Today was the first day I was able to get to the computer and I read Meredith lost her sister Lee and I was stunned. Meredith also recently lost her brother. Here I was feeling sorry for myself and the hand I've been dealt. I'm reminded there are so many others who have greater problems than my own. My heart goes out to Meredith and Mark and their family. I was glad I had a chance to meet Lee when I was in North Carolina in October and see some of her beautiful tile work. You can read Meredith's post about Lee here. Dear Meredith and Mark and family, May the Peace of the Sea Be with You and also to Lee on her new journey.