Life likes to hand you crazy time. So far in the last 10 days I stopped working and a few days later I took my husband to the ER where he was admitted to the ICU. He is doing much better thankfully and we hope to take him home in the next couple of days (let this be a lesson to you friends; if you take good care of yourself, take your medicine and see your doctor you can probably prevent time in the ICU due to chronic health issues). But life has been turned further upside down.
I as I write this from his hospital room I am reminded how lucky I am, despite that chaos at the moment. When I was waiting for my husband to be settled in the ICU, I talked to a man who had barely left the hospital for 11 days. His wife was in a terrible car accident and…let’s just say that the last I heard she was still fighting. Nothing like getting hit with a big dose of It Could Be Worse when you’re feeling pretty miserable.
Despite what this waiting room looks like, I know that I am not alone. I know that in a few days we’ll get to take my husband home and start working on making the changes in our lives to make sure this doesn’t happen again. The money, and the jobs, and all of those things will work themselves out somehow. We will survive this. Not everyone is that lucky.
So today, Friend, I ask you to talk to someone you love. Give them a hug if you can and remember that you are not alone.
And, if you can take a moment to spare a thought for Heather in ICU, her husband, and their 3 small children…well that would be great too.