last time I participated in Slice of Life, I was exhausted and scared to death. We didn't know what was wrong with Mom and we weren't sure if the doctors would be able to help her. For someone like me, there is not much worse than not knowing. By the time she was sent home, she had a diagnosis of spinal stenosis and a bulging disc. With instructions to see a physical therapist and the orthopedic surgeon, she came home dependent on a walker and still in a lot of pain. I was worried that this would be her new life.
I talked with her every day. She's had good days and bad days and Dad's been taking excellent care of her. Each day, she sounded a little better. She got good reports from the physical therapist and seemed to be on the upswing. I was feeling hopeful as I traveled to Brimfield this weekend to celebrate her birthday with her.
As I placed her birthday cake on the table and called out to her, I was readying myself to see her sitting on the couch, wrapped in the heating pad. I can't begin to explain how I felt when she met me in the kitchen, walking independently with no walker, a big smile on her face and her arms open wide for a hug. My day instantly got 100 times brighter. I couldn't have asked for a better birthday present for her.
|Here's Mom with most of her grandchildren and a few extras.|