Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Another Mom Update

Yesterday Mom had her follow-up appointment with her neurosurgeon. He gave her the all-clear! He'd done a culture with the biopsy material to make sure there were no diseases or anything unpleasant like that. Nope. She's fine.

Now she is free to really tackle her therapy to strengthen her weak legs so she can get up out of that wheelchair.

What a journey. I remember a few weeks ago feeling elated that she could sit in a wheelchair. Now we move to the mastery of a walker, then a cane, then TA-DA, her own two feet.

S l o w l y. S l o w l y. I must remain patient. Everything in its time, in its order, in its place.

Now, about Dad. He's doing fantastic! He's not worrying about the bills anymore but is content to let them sit there until one of us can get down to pay them. He's been staying home on his own for a few days at a time and seems to be getting back to his normal routine of doing a little work around the house, hauling stuff to the dump, typical Dad-type stuff. He drives up nearly every day to visit Mom and is happy to see her cheerful and pain-free. He eats lunch with her at the center. He looks relaxed, his eyes are clear and bright. He even seems to have a bit more energy. He and Mom are getting their heads together and talking again like the team they've always been. The independence is returning and they are not wanting their kids to tell them what to do so much. This is a sign I've been waiting for because it means they want to get back to their life, they aren't afraid, they don't need us in the same way.

Just as parents let go of children a finger at a time, I find it interesting to let go of my parents a finger at a time, the grip loosening as they find their inner strength again. Still holding on till they get all their balance back, but enjoying feeling the confidence under my grip once again.

We've got a little ways to go but things are progressing nicely and as I'd hoped.

I'm going out to work in my neglected garden.

It's a beautiful day!

Thanks and appreciation to all of you pray-ers out there!


Wandering Coyote said...

So glad to hear everything's on the up and up!

IndianaJones said...

such a good report. Now a breath of fresh air in the garden sounds just right.

Marianne Elixir said...

I love these updates. Three cheers for Mom and Dad! (oh yeah, and cheers to all you kids and grandkids who served and prayed and neglected your gardens to love and honor your folks.)

Cherie said...

WC, thanks. It sure is glad news!

Summer - the breath of fresh air (and the sting of sweat in my eyes) felt FABULOUS! And the garden looks better, too.

M.E. - Hip hip hooray!!!!

deanna said...

Another good report is sure good news. Hope you enjoyed the good earth today. :o)

cecily said...

Wow... what great news to come back to Cherie! That's fantastic. :-)

Cherie said...

Deanna and Cecily: :D

Mike S said...

Great news!! Hope they both can get back to enjoying life to its fullest very soon and without hassles:)

Gardenia said...

Odd how the life goes - sometimes we are the nurturers, sometimes it turns again - and then again - have fun in your beautiful garden!

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is amazing!!! One little operation and no more hung and she stood straight up? Unbelievable!

tshsmom said...

That's the best news I've heard all week!! Thanks for the update!

liz crumlish said...

Cherie, thanks for the update - its great of you to keep us involved and informed. Love to you all.

Cherie said...

Thanks for the encouraging words everyone!

Mike: It looks like it will be soon - and I hope it IS without hassles. Just a matter of a few weeks if things keep progressing as they have.

Gardenia: I did have fun in my garden. It's looking better and better and the joy increases along with the sight of it.

Ben, It really IS amazing and almost unbelievable. You'll be shocked - in a good way.

Tshs: I'm glad you the news cheered you, Tshs. Hope everything is going well over your way.

Liz, you are so welcome. I have another update to write as my daughters, Tom, and I just returned late last night from a weekend of parent care. It's more good news.

Again, thanks, all!