Friday, October 22, 2010

Tough Day

I think clocks run slower in hospitals. I had the early shift this morning at St. Vincents because we needed to make sure we talked to the doctor, so I was there by 7 a.m.
There's no way of knowing when the doctors make their rounds so you have to "be there".  I'm not dissing doctors because they have a lot on their shoulders. But I'm just saying.......
At any rate, I had to be the mean son today. Mama thought she'd be going home this morning, but as it turns out, she'll be doing three weeks of therapy at the local nursing home/rehab center.
To say she was unhappy would be an understatement. She cried, which broke my heart. I've faced a lot of situations in my life that were unpleasant. I've had to do things I didn't want to do, but I sucked it up and did what had to be done.
All that being said, there is nothing that cuts deeper than a mother's tears.
There were five of us kids. I had a brother and sister older and a brother and sister younger. I was stuck in the middle. Both my brothers, and my father died too young. I'm the only surviving male in our immediate family.
My mother lives with my older sister who sacrifices a great deal so that my mom can have a good home. But whenever there is something difficult that must be done, she looks to me to help. In the scheme of things I think it's the least I can do to help.
At any rate, it's been a tough day, but I know tomorrow will be better. Jilda and I are heading up to Lynchburg early in the morning to play a few songs on The Old Time Radio Show. We've played there several times with our friend Steve and it's always a lot of fun.
I hope you all have a great weekend.


  1. Watching your mother grow older is hard. My mom is 83 and has some physical problems. She is still able to live on her own though. My daughter Christine says when the time comes, she will come live with us. Thank God for her goodness.

  2. I can see your sister does her bit and you do your bit so if I can see it I'm sure your mother can deep down and will understand. I think you should be proud of yourselves looking after your mother when so many these days are quick to leave them in a home before their time.

  3. Ah, the hard part about being children, when the roles are reversed and we have to care for our parents. I think persuading your mother this is the best for her right now is what is called tough love.
    I hope things work out okay.
    Ms Soup


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