Those early morning calls

Shortly after six this morning, the phone rang.  Assuming it was one of KT’s friends or the lady I carpool with, I just grabbed it up without looking at the caller ID.  (As if my eyes are even capable of focusing that early).  To my surprise, it was my dad.  He wanted to know if he had managed to hold reveille on me.  (Reveille, for those of you that didn’t grow up in a military household, simply means waking you up) He sounded a little disappointed that I was already up.  For some strange reason, he seems to like to wake me up.

Then Dad proceeded to tell me that there was good news and bad news.  He said that the good news was that she was out of surgery and was recovering nicely.  When I started breathing again, I realized that he was telling me that my mom had started having severe abdominal pain after dinner last night.  It had gotten progressively worse as the evening went on. 

A quick trip to the emergency room had my mom admitted to the hospital for observation.  When the pain couldn’t be managed, they took Mom in for exploratory surgery.  I’m not really clear on what the problem was, but they’ve fixed it.  Mom is currently still in the recovery room.

I’m used to worrying about my girls. I need to know where they are, who they are with and what they are doing.  I’ve been slowly loosening the apron strings to give them more freedom as they are getting older.  It never occurred to me that I would have to start worrying about my parents now that they are getting older.  How can I possibly know what kind of trouble they are getting into when I can barely keep track of where they are off to in that RV of theirs?

Please think good thoughts towards them (and me!)  Sigh….


Bit O Life


kt getting ready for her garden

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26 Responses to Those early morning calls

  1. Karina says:

    Lots of good thoughts and healthy vibes being sent your mom’s way!!

    This worrying about our parents thing is no fun, but I guess it’s punishment for all the worry we put them through, right? 😉

  2. Susan says:

    What are you talking about??? I was (am) a PERFECT angel! tee hee

  3. Hilary says:

    They grow up/old so quickly! Best thoughts headed your way. Keep them in your pocket and use as needed. 🙂

  4. The worries never cease! Sending lots of positive vibes.

  5. Jenster says:

    Boy oh boy can I relate! I am quickly becoming the parent on both ends and my folks are 1200 miles away.

    I’m so glad your mom is okay!

  6. Jennic says:

    Speedy recovery to your mom. Glad to hear all is OK.

    We’re the sandwich generation. It’s hard to keep up with both sides and hopefully, we will all do it with grace and patience. And afterwards, induce less gray hair from the whole experience. 😀

    — will stop being overly philosophical now. SO unlike me. ha.

  7. Glad to hear your mom is recovering nicely. You are all in my thoughts 🙂

  8. tommiea says:

    I hope the recovery is speedy.

    I am with you on those phone calls….anything after 10 and before 8 freak me out!

  9. Jay says:

    I’m glad they were able to fix whatever it was. Hope she recovers quickly!

  10. renate1945 says:

    Speedy recovery to your mom. I know only too well how it is when you have to worry both about your kids and your parent(s).

  11. I’m with you on worrying about your parents and keeping track of them. I only have my mom left and I think I am a bit paranoid when it comes to her health and safety. (I’m sure Mom would tell you that I am downright annoying.) Good thoughts going your way!!

  12. Stephanie says:

    I hope your mom is feeling better soon. How scary! I always freak out when the phone rings really early or alternately…really late. It’s never good news either way.

  13. Peggy says:

    Wow! That was out of the blue! I’m glad she’s in recovery. I hate when the phone rings at odd times. Luckily for me, its usually a family member forgetting about time zones, but the late night, early morning phone calls still make me anxious.

  14. barnmouse says:

    Oh ugh. I know those calls well. Last time I got one, we found out that my mother-in-law died.

    I hope your mom gets better REALLY soon! *sending good thoughts and warm fuzzies to you and your family*

    I know how you feel. I thought we only had to worry about kids. And now PARENTS TOO? My parents are in Scotland right now and I’m worried sick! I know they’re probably having the time of their life, but I wish they’d just go ahead and come home already, so I can stop worrying.

  15. Cheryl says:

    So, how did you feel about not being contacted before the surgery? On the one hand, it saved you the worry. On the other… My sister who lives out of town has been upset in the past when we didn’t tell her about things like that. I think it saved her the worry.

    I hope your mother makes a speedy recovery!

    Sorry I haven’t commented lately. You have not been forgotten. I’ve had issues that have kept me occupied! TTYS.

  16. Amanda says:

    I totally know what you mean about worrying about parents. I hope that your mom gets back to normal soon!

    Happy planting!

  17. Newt says:

    Wishing your mom all the best.

    I’m SO jealous you get to plant stuff.

    I can’t even see the ground yet. 2 inches more snow today.


  18. Ann says:

    I hear ya. I’ve gotten to that point in life, too and it comes fast. Wishing a speedy recovery for your mama!!

  19. Freakazojd says:

    Wow, no kidding – that is a different kind of worry altogether. I’m glad to hear she’s ok, though.
    And ditto on Newt – we got tons more snow here today too, and I don’t have any idea as to when I’ll be able to start planning for the garden, but it sure as heck is not right now. 🙂

  20. mrs darling says:

    Hope everythings okay with your mom.

  21. Lynne says:

    How scary … but I’m afraid I know those kinds of phone calls all too well.

    Here’s hoping she recovers from whatever it was quickly! Your poor Mom.

    And Susan, as they get older it does not get any easier. Trust me.

  22. Frances says:

    Sending good healing vibes to you and your whole family.
    Hope Mom is on the mend soon.
    Take care,

  23. Tink says:

    You need one of those clocks in Harry Potter that tells you where your family is and how they’re doing at every moment. 😉

    Love the picture. Great angle!

    I’m glad your Mom is OK!

  24. Cazzie says:

    Good for KT starting a garden, something for me to ponder for the kidsthis coming Ester Break.
    I am glad that they fixed your mum. Wonder what it was? Your dad sounds wonderful, I used to love3 my dad waking me, even if I don’t do mornings!!!

  25. Mrs. G. says:

    I’m sending good thoughts for your mom.

    I can’t deal with the daughter issues-lalalalalala-growing up-lalalalala-leaving home-lalalala

  26. sabine says:

    well I am a few days behind but sending good thoughts your and your mama’s way! Hope she is feeling much better!
    also reveille is a French word for wake up! Didnt grow up in military but French is my first language!:))
    hope all is well

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