Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One of those Life passage moments

Age happens. I can remember looking at my parents when they weere in their forties and fifties and thinking ,"Wow, they are geezers."  Not so much anymore;)

I've been absent of late due to family matters-that of the signs that all of us will one day age and become vulnerable(noreso) to the ailments of an aging body. My mother suffered a mild stoke on Janurary 20, in the midst of a devastating ice storm we were having in the midwest. She is doing better--each day--but it has left her with a struggle to use words to communicate.  In all other things, thankfully, she is well.

But the experience has made me realize how precious these very attributes-speech, thought, reason , movement--can be gone in an instant.

With rehab, I am hopeful that she will regain much of her speaking abilities. She is an independent, dare I say--strong-willed woman, so she has that in her favor. She has her humor as well and is laughing again, which is heaven-scent.

So, if you have a mom or grandma close to you, be sure to hug them and tell them how much you love them. This has made me even more aware of how resilent that women are, inspiring me in ways I never thought in my writing.

My thanks for the emails, thoughts and prayers regarding mom-each one is precious to me.

If I'm not blogging as much right now, this is why. But I'm gearing up to make some visits to blogs in the weeks to come, dragging a very blue-eyed and willing Thomas Rodin along with me;))

What more could you ask? ;))

Til later then, be well and know that I am thinking of you all~



Cheeky Girl said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I'll be thinking of you and wishing for the best.

I lost my mom 2 years ago to a stroke and it made my entire outlook on life change. My goals and daily life have changed and I can't help but be a happier person trying to squeeze the best out of every day.

Amanda McIntyre said...

Hey CheekyG;

It's difficult seeing a vibrant parent who has 6200 hours of volunteering at teh hospital that she's in, being a patient in therapy there. But she is doing so much better and I can't say enough good things about the quality of care that she's receiving. Talk about angels!

And I so very much appreciate the emails I've received. Until it happens to you, you dont realize how many people have walked the same road, so thank you and your thoughts and words --the connection of them even more than what was already there--means so much more.


Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Ms. A, you know my heart and soul go out to you. My spirit I lend you through your time my dear. My prayers will carry you in the night.
With much love and compassion,
Hugs to you my sister friend!

Amanda McIntyre said...

Thanks Ms C;) I can't tell you guys how much your thoughts and prayers have helped!

Thank you so very much,


Unknown said...

Hi Amanda

So sorry to hear about your mom, you're in my prays and thoughts. But do know that positive thoughts are very important, a good speech pathologist and physical therapist are gold. As a trained speech therapist, it's vital to keep working and even the small gains ones are important, rally and praise them. I know it's going to be really hard for your mom, but working toward a goal is great medicine. If you need any help with resources, let me know, I can pick the brains of some of my profs for you or at least give you directions to look in.

Take care of yourself too sweetie, Mom's going to want that as much as she going to need you.



Genella deGrey said...

Thinking of you -

Veronica Bennet said...

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I'll send you my greetings and a warm embrace virtual.

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