Friday, May 6, 2011

Extra pills.......and ducklings....

 Ma is home. Spent quite a few hours at the hospital yesterday waiting for a doctor to sign her out. Late in the afternoon they decided to do another blood test. If the result went one way she was staying in, and she truly had the vapours at the thought of another night in the ward. It was a long long hour waiting for the result.
After a doctor had caused a slight delay (the sister and I spent 30 minutes moving anything that wasnt nailed down in moms ward looking for her notes.......he had casually left them in another ward by mistake) he agreed to let her go home, with antibiotics and some water pills. At home we sat for another hour as I marked MORNING or NIGHT in big black pen on each pill box....all eleven of them. Ma has ARMD and is practically blind now so we needed to make sure she knew what she took and when.

Truth be told the hospital staff were brilliant. Care and consideration all the way. How lucky we are.


On the way home, driving through the countryside, I had to slow down as I turned a bend and there on the road in front of me, stood just like a crossing lady, was a duck. She waddled from foot to foot as 5 ducklings all in a line crossed in front of her like giddy children on a school trip out....................and then she changed  her  mind and decided to bring them back the other way.....all the while with cars stopping or slowing and lights being flashed as if to say 'take care, mother nature at work'. All the drivers were entranced and smiling and everyone was concerned that the duck and her family managed to cross the road safely, which she did.

This moment, and my day with ma seemed to marry perfectly........life and living it...with gratitude and care and a smile.

8 comments:

Steve said...

And that's all days should be. I'm glad your mum is home - hospitals, even the good ones, are places nobody likes to visit.

Andy said...

Beautiful symmetry Libs. Glad your mum is out of the hospital.

Kelloggsville said...

that all makes me happy :)

Trish @ Mum's Gone to... said...

Isn't that just a perfect sighting after all the stress and worry. I think your description of tbe ducklings as 'giddy children on a school trip' is fabulous.

Deer Baby said...

Glad your Mum is home and I'm glad she got good care though. Still the waiting around and the noise would be enough to drive a person mad.

Love the story about the ducks. You know I love stories like that!

CATHERINE DANIEL said...

Lovely, thoughful post. Hope your mother gets a lot better now she's out of hospital and back where she feels 'at home'.

Isabelle said...

Oh dear, Libby, what a stressful time you've been having. Hope things keep improving now.

Curry Queen said...

Good news. I hope all goes well from now on.