Jean day, ER and gratitude
Sunday, March 09, 2014
I went to bed Thursday night, thinking how nice it would be to be able to wear jeans to work on Friday. I thought about the tasks I needed to complete the next day and dozed off to sleep.
Ahh, but life can change in an instant and sometimes the things we think are going to happen don't happen for us.
For me it was that 2am phone call that my daughter was going to the hospital via ambulance with abdominal pain. In a daze I got out of my bed, threw on some clothes and drove to the hospital. Of course I was challenged by construction and closed roads due to the expansion of the hospital. None of this was in my plan. But as the John Lennon quote goes "Life is what happens when you are making other plans."
I parked my car, found my way to her room and was relieved to see her in good spirits. She filled me in on what happened in the hours leading up to her trip to the hospital. After hours, iv's, tests we finally got the diagnosis of a gallstone being caught in a duct - which worked its way back out during all the chaos. She was sent home with instructions to follow up with a surgeon.
After hugs, she went home with her husband and I drove home. The sun was shining. I should be at work. It was jean day. I had things to do. I was exhausted. I went home to take a nap.
When I woke up I called to check to see how she was feeling. She was feeling good and helping her kids with their homework.
I was overcome with a feeling of gratitude. Gratitude for the people in my life, my family, my friends, my employer. Gratitude for another day with my daughter. Gratitude for the ability to tell her one more time that I love her and I am blessed to have her in my life. Yes, I am truly blessed with so much - and I am thankful!