Friday, August 07, 2009

Life Happens ....

from Jacqueline

This will be a very quick post as I am in an internet cafe in the UK, and if you are thinking, "She's been away a while ...." - you're right. This was the week I was going to tell you all about the Golden Age of Travel day out on the Orient Express and about the fantastic time we had on my parents' 60th anniversary - and it really was great, wonderful, terrific. But there's and "except" in there. My mother wasn't her usual self, and was trying to ignore a series of symptoms that were making her feel rather ill. She did a great job. But I took her to the doctor on Monday and she was immediately admitted into the hospital with suspected heart failure. It's all under control now, and she's more like her old self - but it's been a heck of a week and I'm not sure that my heart's in such great shape after all this. I was driving her to the hospital and changing my next-day flight at the same time. I'm now flying back tomorrow to clear up a few things in case I have to come back to the UK again very soon, so you'll have the full report on our excellent weekend - with pics - next Friday. Luckily my brother does not return to the US until next week, and seeing as they're hoping Mum will be out of hospital at the weekend. I always knew that one day the fact that both my brother and I lived so far from our parents would come up and bite us, and now it's happened - and the truth is they wouldn't have had it any other way.

Life's a funny old thing, isn't it? You see it all in a hospital, and I'm going back there right now because it's my mother's 82nd birthday (though in her spirit she's still 16), and I'm taking in her cards and balloons.

See you next week. Stay safe and have a lovely weekend.


  1. Hoping your mom has a speedy recovery.

  2. You are a good daughter!

    All best wishes...

  3. Best wishes to your Mum on a quick recovery!

  4. I know just how difficult it is to be half way around the world from your parents when they are ill. My mum was put in hospital for two nights this week because a nasty chest infection pounced on her when she thought she'd cleared the problem. Thank god for my sister being right there and dad and my ill brother in law all pulling together to help keep things going. I managed to send flowers and lemons (mum's favourite chicken form of chicken soup) to her that very day. She is doing better, and mum and dad have instructions to nail her feet to the floor if she makes a break for her beloved garden.

    It worried me this week and threw out my schedule and energy. I'm glad you were there to insist on taking your mum to the doctor, and I'm glad that you get to spend extra time with her this week on her 82nd birthday. I'm sure that she appreciates more deeply than you know. :-D

    Huge hugs and best wishes for your mum's swift recovery.

  5. from Jacqueline

    Thanks, all, for your good wishes - Mum had a lovely birthday and the doctors are sure she'll be home this weekend. And I'm at Heathrow, flying home to sunny CA to clear the decks in case I have to fly back here again soon - ah the joys of air travel ... but don't get me started!

  6. all the best to your mum, jackie. i'm sure she'll be her old/young self again in no time.

    and you take good care as well, you're not a laker girl any more either.

    sybille xxx

  7. It's a real blessing that you were/are there. Hope both of you recover soon.