I think that I want to cancel Tuesdays for the next little while. They have not been bringing me very good news. Last Tuesday, my co-worker died. This Tuesday, I got a call from my aunt.
My mother is in the hospital. She had a heart attack on Monday night. I didn't hear until late because I didn't have my cell phone on. This is nothing new for my mother. She has a history of heart disease. But so close on the heels of this death, it was just really overwhelming.
I decided to go to MN. I booked my ticket last night (it was surprisingly cheap for last minute) and was on a plane this morning. I was in her hospital room this afternoon.
I'll be in MN until Sunday. Mostly I'll be playing chauffeur. My dad can't drive because of his strokes and my aunt and sister are working. It's at least something I can do.
I took my mother for a walk today. We walked for about 3 minutes and she was short of breath and her pulse rate was up high. It's really hard to watch.
I think my coming took my parents by surprise, but as I explained to my dad, I feel like I have more time and more financial resources at the moment to swing this. So I wanted to.
Keep my family and I in your thoughts, if you will.