Thursday, January 03, 2008  

Hoping for Good Karma

This is definitely not the way we wanted 2008 to begin. My husband's family has just been slammed left and right with health disasters! Here's a quick summary of what they've been enduring since Christmas Eve:

  • Step-father had a heart attack;
  • Brother #1 in terrible accident - massive head injuries, emergency surgery
  • Brother #1 looks like he's going to make it, but no idea as to how bad the brain damage will be. They try to bring him out of the drug-induced coma, but realize he's detoxing due to a previously unknown struggle with alcohol. Plus, it turns out he didn't elect to have health insurance with his new job, so he's uninsured.
  • Brother #2 hospitalized (in a different hospital, of course) because of a reaction to medication - he should be fine, but still!
  • S' father announced he has a "spot" on his lungs that may be cancer - and he's a confirmed smoker with no plans to quit.

I mean, SERIOUSLY - how can all of that have happened in a little over a week?

Thanks for all the supportive comments - it's getting to the point where we don't want to answer the phone for fear that something has happened to yet another person in the husband's family!

In a probably vain attempt to keep my spirits up in the face of all of this turmoil, I've started a new tradition this year. I have a wall calendar in my office, and each day when I come into work, I write one good thing that happened the day before. It doesn't have to be major - just something that made me smile. So far, I've got "Grandma saw new house and liked it" and "puppy snuggles when I got home." It's a small gesture, but one that I hope will help me concentrate on the good things instead of dwelling on the bad.


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