More than I thought

Trigger FingerHow did I do this?  I waltzed into that hospital yesterday thinking I was having a tiny, minor, nothing procedure.  What a shock to put on a hospital gown, put the paper surgical shower cap on my head and little booties over my socks – which I got to keep on thankfully.  I drove myself, which they told me I could do.  When I got there and told them I had no ride home, they were a bit angry with whoever told me that, I sure would have preferred to have a drive home.  Anyway, it is over.  Thank God I took yesterday and today off.  I can’t drive, I can’t cook, I can barely type, etc.  I had dinner delivered last night – having made absolutely no provisions for myself!

Throughout this, I have thought of my friend’s 81 year old mother. Last week she was walking the 2 miles to daily mass, as she does every single day.  She was praying the rosary, as she always does.  But she was hit by a car while crossing an intersection, she, of course, had the right of way.  A young mother with several children in the car did not see her for the sun glare on her windshield.  So, while this wonderful woman was laying on the ground, just having been hit by a car, she asked someone to please pick up the rosary beads that were now scattered all over the street.  That was what she was worried about.  And once her rosary beads were gathered, she was so concerned about the young woman who hit her.

I saw her on Monday of this week and when I asked how she was, she cheerfully said “Fine!”  Even though she is bruised all over,  has sprained several things, and is pretty beaten up.  81 years old!

I guess it is not my nature to be so stoic.  I’m trying though.  My daughter said she would take me to the store later today.  Thank God.  And thanks for your kind comments and prayers yesterday.

Not a speech, not a word, not a voice goes unheard.  Their sound is spread throughout the earth, their message to all corners of the world.  — Psalm 18



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9 Responses to More than I thought

  1. bambusue says:

    Your story would be humorous if it weren’t so uncomfortable to think of! needing a driver, food, etc, can get pretty tedious! oh well, next time. Hoping it all heals well. Good job typing this morning.

  2. Ellen says:

    All the best for your recovery. Any kind of surgery takes a lot out of you. And I personally don’t believe much in stoicism, though your friend sounds like a feisty lady!

  3. So glad the surgery is over! Here’s hoping the weekend brings you lots of rest and recuperation.

  4. Hope says:

    I’ve been praying for you yesterday and today. Hugs.

  5. Kelly says:

    You are way braver then I am! Praying your recovery is swift!

  6. Syd says:

    I hope that you heal up quickly but am also glad that you are taking some time off to just recuperate. It will be good to just chill and take care of yourself. Hard to do, right? LOL.

  7. Nancy says:

    I think you deserve some nice bubblebath, and chocolates, and cupcakes and flowers. Be easy on yourself, Mary. Peace

  8. Annette says:

    Oh no! I hope you heal quickly.

  9. Mary LA says:

    I have a friend who has repetitive strain injuries and know how delicate hand surgery can be. Your hand looks well-strapped up! Please do rest and take care.

    That cheerful stoic woman of 81 sounds magnificent.

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