Saturday, March 30, 2013


Hey all, it's been quite a crazy week and I haven't had time to post a follow up to my waiting room experience.  Thank you for your comments of well wishes and inquiries as to my Mom's recovery. I am overwhelmed and in gratitude to you! Her surgery was a success and she is doing well.

My Mom remains in the hospital, but has been moved to the rehabilitation unit where the physical therapists can assist her in adjusting to walking on her brand new hip.  She is the 71 year old bionic woman, but she has always seemed that way to me.  I have to admit, I really haven't given much thought to my parents getting older.  They are my parents, and have always been so strong.  I am in denial (and more so when it comes to my own aging process).  But who wants to think about aging?

Hello, Michelle it's a part of life.  I know it's happening and there is no way around it.  I just don't want to think about it in terms of reality.  Ha, ha ha. This is a reminder that I can't go forward if I have my blinders on.  It's all about acceptance.  (Deep sigh)

My parents are very prepared. They are much more reality driven than their free-spirited daughter. When my father retired several years ago they moved to the Indianapolis area to be close to me.  They have arrangements in place for long term care, or nursing home care. Their current home is a one level dwelling and is handicap accessible. They have made their wishes known to me in terms of the "what-if's".  Basically, all the bases are covered.

They are in complete acceptance of their stage in life. I have always known my parents were practical folks, and they are demonstrating this to me again.  It seems odd for me to say, but I am proud of them.  (smile)

I am grateful to be in the position to be supportive.  To give back. It is another piece in place as I walk on the path of progression to my better self. The confidence my parents have in me speaks volumes.  I've worked hard to restore this in our lives, and it gives me great pleasure to see the fruits of my labor come to fruition.

As I hold my mother's hand in her recovery I am grateful.  She is progressing well and I have no doubt she will be back to her regular activities in no time.

Thank you once again for your kind thoughts, I really appreciate it!
See you soon.


  1. Michelle, I enjoyed your blog. As my parents aged, I grew more aware of their immortality and learned to appreciate them in spite of their impatience with each other. I wrote them a heart felt letter thanking them for supporting me and for all the things they did for me in my life. We were never a "touchy feely" family but I told them I loved them and that they were responsible for the man I had become. I knew that they were proud of me, which is my biggest accomplishment in my life. I re-read this letter when I gave their eulogies a few years ago. I can tell from your blog how much you care for your folks. Cherish each day.

    1. I am touched by this. What a wonderful idea to handwrite a letter, which is truly a lost art. People of our parents generation would be very appreciative. I'm going to follow your lead. My Dad does print my blog for my mother...but a letter would mean so much. Thank you Greg!

  2. Michelle, if you have great parents then make sure you let them know because we never know what tomorrow brings and I'm not saying this in a bad way. I've heard too many people in life say 'I wish I had said this or done that', so do it all now whilst they can understand and fully appreciate it.

    Greg had a great idea. A letter is something they can read and re-read whenever they want and to have it turn up in the post unexpectedly would be wonderful.
    I'm glad your mother is recovering well and I'm sure she'll have those therapists running behind her, trying to catch up in no time :)

    1. Wisdom :). You are so right! Thank you. Live with no regret by taking positive action today. Such a wonderful reminder!

  3. Oops, I just responded to your Easter post, and totally missed this one. Glad to hear your mom is doing so well, Michelle. Your folks make a handsome couple!