A week has passed since my last post.
My intention, when I began posting this year, was to post daily for 365 days. Just to see if I could, I suppose.
For some reason unknown to me, two weeks ago I felt the urge to write and to schedule posts ahead. By the time Friday morning arrived, I had 5 posts waiting in the wings…set to post on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.
I was prepared should something transpire that would keep me from posting here for several days. That felt good and for some reason important. I patted myself on the back and debated how I would spend my morning writing time the next 5 days.
Saturday morning – I slept in.
Sunday morning – I planned to sleep a bit later than usual but was awakened by a phone call that would change my plans for the next 7 days.
Monday morning – An early rise allowed me time to get a little work under my belt before I left for the hospital to be with Mom, who was in MICU. (Medical Intensive Care Unit)
Tuesday morning – Rising early gave me time to cut Mom’s grass before heading to MICU room 5906.
Wednesday morning – Morning began shortly after midnight on the 5th floor, room 5331, with the first of many interruptions and intrusions: beeps, alarms, voices, nurses, techs, up, down, in, out, lights on, footsteps, door opening and closing….
Thursday morning dawned when the tech flipped the light in the “ON” position at 4 a.m. to get Mom up to weigh her. (That’s a tale for another post.)
As I lay on the cot at the foot of Mom’s bed, with the cover over my head to block the light, I felt quite empty knowing Thursday would be the first day in over 120 that I’d not posted here.
Oh, it wasn’t from lack of trying. I had internet at the hospital – via ipad and laptop (Windows). I just couldn’t access my blog. I could access WordPress and my stats – but not my Dashboard or my blog itself. I couldn’t even bring Suzansays up to see what had posted. That gave me much GRRRRRRR.
And, I was frustrated to know that I had not been able to reach my goal of 365 consecutive days of posts.
But, life goes on.
Mom was dismissed from the hospital Saturday – a week after being admitted for a high fever – and as we move forward each day, I find myself tentatively settling back into what had become a normal routine for me.
Seven days of silence.
These silent days taught me much.
- Be prepared
- Communication is necessary
- Don’t procrastinate
- Expect the unexpected
- Find your center
- Get ready
- Have a plan
- I need you
- Just chill
- Keep focus
- Love more
- Maintain balance
- No regrets
- Opt in
- Plan ahead
- Quit complaining
- Review often
- Sleep is vital
- Time is irrelevant
- User-friendly = 🙂
- Value family/friends
- Words are important
- Xyst time refreshes
- You need me
- Zealous nurses/techs save lives
In the coming days/posts, I plan to share some of the thoughts/happenings from those 7 days of silence.
But as we well know –
Until the next post….
Or. as we say ’round these parts, “later gator!”