The Phone Call

I’d like to apologize for my lack of “real” blogging over the past month. I know I’ve had periods in the past where my blogging has been a bit lame, but I don’t believe I’ve ever gone this long with only “Quote of the Month” posts to share.

I do have an excuse, though. It’s a good one. And it goes like this:

One morning in early October our phone rang at 5:50 a.m. My hubby’s alarm went off at the same time, so in our confusion we didn’t realize the phone was ringing and missed the call. Dialing into our voicemail we heard the following message:

“Hi Holly & Chris, this is Ruth-Mom. I’m calling to see if Holly can come over to let the dog out this morning?”


“By the way, I’m having chest pain and we just called 9-1-1, so we’re expecting an ambulance any time now.”

Really, mom? REALLY?! That’s how you let us know you’re having a HEART ATTACK!

Long story short, my mom ended up spending 21 days in the hospital.

She didn’t enjoy it.

She had a catheterization, some lovely complications, a triple bypass, some more lovely complications including them sticking a tube up her nose for nutritional purposes.

She didn’t enjoy that either.

Finally, she was given the A-ok to go…

To Rehab.

She didn’t enjoy that either.

She was in rehab for a little over a week when she tried to escape. Seems they wanted to move her to a new room. She didn’t want to move to a new room. She wanted to go home. They insisted she stay. When I got there I found her in her new room eating dinner in a huff. She told me she was so mad she walked “ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE HALL!” This was a record.

She stayed the night, but scammed negotiated her release within two days.

She’s finally home. Tired but happier.

Needless to say, my writing life (& especially my blogging life!) has suffered. I’m going to try really hard to get back into my regular ol’ blogging groove, but with the holidays coming, I know I'm in for a real challenge. Right now, I wish I was one of those really cool bloggers who plans ahead and writes posts months in advance. Alas, *sigh*, that’s not me. Yet!

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Teresa Robeson said...

OH MY GOSH, Holly, how scary! I'm so glad that she's doing better and is finally home.

It's a little bit funny (but not really) how our parents start behaving like little kids when they have to be in the hospital for a while. My FIL, who is normally cheerful and not a complainer, had a bad infection and had to be in the hospital for a couple of weeks and then a nursing home and he got all whiny and depressed. Ugh.

I think you should take a break and just enjoy yourself, and have a restful Thanksgiving!

Name: Holly Bowne said...

It really WAS scary, Teresa! It's been a real roller coaster ride. In fairness, my mom probably wasn't nearly a whiny as I would be in the same situation. Ha, ha!

I keep telling her now she just has to focus on doing her PT and getting "buff"! ;o)

Nancy said...

I'm glad your mom is better. No wonder your blog was hard to do. I think you did great with the quotes. Hope you get some ideas down on paper and as the last writer said, take a break if you want.

Name: Holly Bowne said...

Thanks so much, Nancy!