It took many years to come to the realization that my mother is The most incredible person I know. Recently, I’m reminded again of this truth.
On Friday, August 5th, I became quite ill with what I thought was a virus. It lasted through the weekend until Tuesday when I decided to go to the emergency department of the hospital. Thankfully, a savvy ER doctor diagnosed the real problem; perricarditis – inflammation of the pericardial sac surrounding the heart. A quick admission ensued and the cardiologist drained 500 cc/ml of the fluid that was collecting for a while.
The condition is a not-all-that-common complication of RA disease. I knew, from a previous diagnosis last year that I had fluid around my lungs. The heart fluid was a shock to me.
My petite, 75-year-old mom jumped into her car and drove the 2-1/4 hours to meet me in ICU at the hospital. There at my bedside, Mom kept me company while I recuperated from the ordeal for several days.
On Monday, August 15th, I arrived home to a clean, shiny apartment and noticed a few new supplies that weren’t there before. Thanks Mom. I don’t know where I’d be without your caring heart and example of unconditional love in action.
Of course, Mom reminded me that she would do the same for each of her four children. (Just when I thought I was the special one.) ~Smile~
Now I have to tell you that the reason I make the statement that she is the most incredible person I know is because Mom has not had an easy life, from my perspective (Mom would never say this). The challenges she has faced could very easily leave a person embittered, resentful and angry. Instead, Mom never ceases to amaze me with her soft-spoken thoughtful demeanor, open mind and the loving-kindness she carries in her heart. I feel honored to be one of Mom’s daughters and I feel blessed to have her for my teacher.
Thank you Mom. Please know that I am forever grateful and love you always and forever.