Oddly Comforting

I’ve only admitted to a hospital once in my life.  (Nope, I didn’t bother going to a hospital to give birth to my girls…that’s for sissies!) The whole experience was pretty much a blur.  The only thing I really remember about it was a very flirtatious male nurse and a mylar balloon that Shaun had brought me. 

I’ve always thought bringing balloons to sick people was a silly thing to do.  Balloons are for parties and celebrations.  Yet that one balloon floated right up where I could see it, reminding me that I was cherished in a way that the flowers and cards couldn’t.  That balloon was oddly comforting to me.

When I spoke to my dad this afternoon, I asked him to bring my mom a balloon and let her know that I was thinking of her.  I can only hope that she will find a strange comfort in her balloon too.  Dad says that she will be in the hospital for four more days. 

She had been suffering a side effect of the bypass surgery she had done a few years ago.  She’s been to the doctors several times in the last couple years with intense abdominal pain.  It was usually written off as a bladder infection and treated with antibiotics.

Apparently, what she had was what the the surgeon referred to as an internal hernias.  Her intestines were balling up and cutting off the blood supply.  Mom was told that if she hadn’t come in when she had, her problem would most likely have been fatal.  Scary stuff…

Thank you for all of your prayers, thoughts, good-vibes, emails and phone calls.  Although I haven’t even met most of you, all the wonderful support has been oddly comforting just as that balloon was a few years back. 

Thank you again…

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15 Responses to Oddly Comforting

  1. Stephanie says:

    Oh my gosh…that is really really scary. I’m so glad that she’s okay. I hope she finds some comfort in her balloon just like you did. πŸ™‚ Hang in there!!

  2. Hilary says:

    Scary indeed. I’m glad they figured it out and I’m sure she’s in good hands. Consider this a cyber-balloon of good thoughts. πŸ™‚

  3. Lynne says:

    EXTREMELY scary. And probably since they are on the road in their RV in a totally strange environment. Maybe that’s a good thing since the doc seemed to find and fix the problem other docs were overlooking.

    Here come some hugs for both you and your Mom. I miss her blogging. Just glad she’s okay.

    ((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))

  4. Jay says:

    Yup …. that is scary. But, luckily they have now found the problem and hopefully fixed it so she can get back to her life and not have this recurring pain anymore.

    Hope she recovers fast.

  5. Will send positive vibes her way.

  6. I’m sending lots of good thoughts your way. That’s a scary situation and I’m glad things are on the upswing.

    I think balloons are something tangible and real in the surreal surroundings of a hospital. And they’re stinkin’ cute!

  7. giveitatry says:

    I have thought of you often over the last couple of days – wondering how you mom is. Thanks for the update. You are definitely in my thoughts.

    Sending lots of prayers and positive thoughts your way.

  8. Amanda says:

    I’m so sorry! I can’t imagine. I hope she gets on the mend soon.

    I hope that the balloon makes her feel better. It is interesting what is comforting in times of scariness.

  9. Karina says:

    Glad to hear mom’s on the mend, and they figured out what it was now, before permanent damage was done!

    I hope that balloon cheers her up, but I’m sure it will, just knowing it’s from you! πŸ˜€

  10. renate1945 says:

    Continued good wishes to your mom!

  11. Ann says:

    Continued prayers for your mama my friend. I think the balloon is a beautiful idea.

  12. Pamela says:

    What would have comforted me when I was in the hospital is a sign on the door saying “No Visitors”

    (Not kidding.)

  13. sending prayers for you mom’s speedy recovery…thank goodness they discovered what was really wrong & corrected it.

    (my children were not born in the hospital either)

  14. Frances says:

    Hoping all will be well soon.
    Thinking of you.
    Frances

  15. lissa says:

    Hope your mom gets well soon.