You never expect your child to have a life threatening event. Even when your children are grown adults, you still don’t expect things to happen to them that are so serious, like a stroke. I know it is one of the hardest things I have ever had to cope with as a mother. Yes, there were times when my children were sick or hurt when they were little, but never anything more serious than a broken foot. I would have expected one of my older relatives to have a stroke, not that I would want any of them to, it’s just more common with older people for that to happen. It just isn’t something you expect to hear about your child.
Thank goodness that she is getting better. Little by little, day by day, Emily is improving so well that she was allowed to go home from rehab after just one week of inpatient care. She will still have to go to outpatient rehab therapy for a while, three times a week. And she will have to wear that lovely blue hat until she has the next surgery to put her skull back in place. She has a really good attitude about it though, and still has a great sense of humor. She and Fabgrandpa told secret jokes to each other all evening, keeping each other laughing the whole time.
And what did she ask for when she was discharged from the hospital? Longhorn Steaks. So, Fabgrandpa and I met Emily, her husband Thomas, Spencer, Parker, and Thomas’s parents for dinner that night. It was a very sweet moment to have that meal together in a happy setting.
What I have learned from this, and from my own hospital stay and serious illness last year is this: Never let a day go by that you don’t tell your family and friends how much you love them. How much you need them. And how much you appreciate all they do for you. Even when you are mad, put aside the anger and just say “I Love You” to the people who are important to you. Because you never know when they won’t be there anymore.