They come, bang! bang! bang! bang! bang! Updates on others' health issues. Requests for positive thoughts or prayers.
Wednesday, a sick grand nephew rushed to the hospital. A two and a half year old nephew being put under for dental work Thursday. Today, news via email of a friend on blood thinners with a subdural hematoma, admitted to the hospital last night after becoming too weak to move, unable to lift his legs, unable to sleep. Thursday, an email from my wife's sister, reporting her husband was admitted to the hospital with his lymphoma in full rage, seizing control of a kidney and shutting it down. Tuesday, Mom back in the hospital for more scans. Wednesday, her bodyfriend rushed to the hospital the next morning with chest pains and dizziness, kept overnight for observations. Thursday night, a report from a friend that her husband had emergency surgery after two weeks in the hospital for his COPD, with two grapefruit sized fibrous masses removed from his lungs. This morning, a phone call with the news Dad, 80 years old, is recovering from a fall, his arm broken in two places. The news at work this morning via email, a co-worker died Thursday night, heart attack.
It all comes with amazing swiftness, faster than a winter storm, striking down others. Of course we'll hold positive thoughts for them, we tell each as we're reached, adding it to the drawer full of positive thoughts for the afflictions, conditions and suffering others endure. It seems like there's nothing else to be done but hold onto positive thoughts for them and wait for good news.
I arrive at the coffee shop for my Mexican mocha espresso fix. "Look what my husband did," the manager said, holding up her phone. On it is a photograph of her husband, with bloody, swollen stitches marching across his forehead above his eyebrows and down the right side of his face to his jawbone. There's thirty-seven stitches, she tells me. He was working on the Y's roof and fell, hitting a piece of corrugated metal. Just missed his right eye.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com