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Catholic Family Vignettes

A collage of literary snapshots from the life of a large traditional Catholic family

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July 14, 2008

Mending

One week…it seems so very much longer since Grandma fell and broke her leg. For the past several days, I’ve practically lived at the hospital.  Days filled with CAT scans, xrays, consultations, blood tests and finally surgery. The surgery was a great success: a procedure normally scheduled for 2 -3 hours was accomplished in less than an hour. Within 18 hours Grandma was standing. Her leg, fractured in two places, was secured by a screw, plate and rod and should heal with very little difficulty. Walking, however, remains the feat to be accomplished.

The good news: during this trial, Grandma has received continuing treatment for a kidney infection. Though she had been taking oral antibiotics, apparently they weren’t doing the job. The increasing weakness and dementia has been a by product of a long-standing infection. Oral and IV antibiotics seem to be an effective combination. Grandma is completely lucid, interacting in ways she’s been unable to for the past several weeks. Today, during therapy, she took 13 steps.

She’s mending. The goal is to keep her on track…healing, exercising and ultimately preparing for the long trip back to Kentucky. Meanwhile, the children pick her wildflowers to cheer her up and I’m visiting daily; painting her nails, fixing her hair and providing constant updates on the crazy happenings at home.

Mom and Dad have been incredible throughout this ordeal. By Tuesday, they were here, anxious to see Grandma. Dad, giving my dear husband a break and the opportunity to return to his job, provided childcare all day long, for four straight days, for six children…God bless him! Mom and I took care of the day to day issues – checking on the rehabilitation facility together and drinking many, many cups of coffee!

I would like to thank you all, once again, dear friends! The many rosaries, prayers, Masses and sacrifices have benefited this family in ways that are beyond telling! May God return to you ten fold the many blessings so graciously bestowed upon us.

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FOR TODAY – July 14th, 2008

Outside my Window…the sweet, melodic ringing of my new wind chimes, the heady scent of the rapidly growing corn, bright sunlight streaming past the curtains, a cool breeze ruffling my hair as I sit typing…

I am thinking…about how good God is. How perfectly He ordered the chaotic events of this past week. How providential is His care!

I am thankful for…being able to sleep in this morning. For my dear husband, who served me coffee in bed…

From the kitchen…hot coffee with Chocolate Carmel creamer, toast with blackberry jam, homemade waffles made by Galahad who was assisted by Gareth and Charlotte…

I am creating…or better yet, attempting to restore a sense of peace and order to my household. It may take awhile…

I am going…to visit Grandma at the rehabilitation facility this afternoon. I’m taking a bag of Hershey’s Kisses

I am wearing…a pair of gray cotton sweat pants and an Old Navy long sleeved t-shirt. It’s a bit chilly this morning…

I am readingTales From The Bed…very, very sad…

I am hoping…that Grandma’s rehabilitation will progress quickly. That she will be able to return to Kentucky in a couple weeks. Thanking you in advance for your prayers!

I am hearing…the occasional ringing of the wind chimes, the happy voices of the children as they eat their waffles…

Around the house…outside, corn so incredibly tall…the house appears to be a fortress surrounded by a very high wall. Inside…laundry. Laundry. Laundry…

One of my favorite things…hot tea and coffee. The cool morning invites another cup…or two…

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…daily visits with Grandma as she continues to heal, weeding the garden, cutting herbs. Resting. Testing.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

My new wind chimes…lovingly crafted by my mom and dad using an eclectic mix of glass beads, silver knives, forks and spoons and old telephone bells. I love it!

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