Monday, June 29, 2020

Country Roads...Take Me Home...


to the place...I belong:


Yes, I am home! Thank you for all of your kind thoughts, comments, and prayers. I'm sorry I haven't been in touch. The last 6 weeks have been a bit overwhelming and I'm still expecting to hit a wall at some point. But I am home. For now.

Quick update. Mom had surgery to remove the Sarcoma on the 17th. She was in the hospital until 22nd, when she was discharged and moved to a rehabilitation facility of our choosing. She has a 24" surgical incision that will take some time to heal, but she is well taken care of and as I am not able to visit due to the Covid restrictions, I had wrapped things up and headed home on Thursday. Before I left, I had her car serviced, cleaned out her refrigerator, ordered her a new cell phone and delivered it to her, and paid any bills that had come in. 

Now I am recuperating. I was in the hospital with mom every day for 12-30 hours at a time. We never turned on the tv, but I had reading material and friends made sure I was fortified with homemade cookies:





Such a different view from what I am used to:


And during the day, I was fascinated for hours by the construction 10 floors below. They are building a Women and Children's hospital and my inner 3 yr-old was so interested in the comings and goings throughout the days. It looked like a tiny tot construction site:


When she slept, I walked laps around the 10th floor and made good use of the rooftop garden:


I was very grateful for this space:


My mom's case manager is calling each day and updating me on her progress. I will go back a few days before she is discharged, but until then, I am soaking in home.

DH was a gem and he spent an hour each evening tending to my chores after tending to his. My Cosmos are out of control:


And my garden is flourishing:


The chickens decimated my jalapenos as soon as I left, but DH built a cage and they are coming back:


I'll probably pick up a few more next time I'm in town, but truth be told, I'm in no hurry to be in town.

I came home late Thursday night, but was up bright and early to greet the day. I've missed this:


And this:


And this:


And this:


This old John Denver song keeps playing in my head



19 comments:

Dorian said...

Hi Karin!! So glad you are home for a bit. I know how good that feels. I've been thinking about you lately, so I'm glad that you and your Mom are doing well. Have a great day!

Donna said...

Glad you are home; six weeks is a long time to be gone!!! Wonder who was more excited for you to be home, you or your hubby? Sounds like your mom is doing well and there’s nothing more for you to do. Like the picture of the construction site, it really does look like a miniature! Enjoy your time at home!

Janna and Mike said...

So glad you checked in! And it sounds as if your Mom is being well cared for. Will continue to pray for her continued healing.

Sally Langston Warren said...

Welcome home! Thank you so much for your update. I am glad you have your mother in a good situation right now. She mighteven enjoy her independence too (although night and day different to what she’s used to). “Life is the constant adjusting to circumstances.” I prefer Biblical quotes, especially for life experiences , but this one has stuck in my mind for years. Love that John Denver song. Enjoy these days!

Violet said...

Thanking God for answered prayers for your mom and for you. I know the "it's so good to be home again" feeling. I was so happy to check in and see your post...I and your other readers have been so concerned for you and your family. Your post just made my day.

Sherrill said...

OH, so GLAD you make it HOME!! I've thought about you every day as I was reading through my favorite blogs, missing yours. So glad you got to be with mom in the hospital. I know how TIRING that is (from all the time spent when DH was battling his glioblastoma). Hopefully, you'll enjoy lots of time on the dirt road before you have to return to the 'big city'. Good to see ole Skeet!

kupton52 said...

Your garden is lovely. I LOVE your blog post title...being from and living in West Virginia may have something to do with that, though. lol

Tired Teacher 2 said...

Welcome home! May your Mom’s recovery be a smooth one. It sounds like she’s in good hands.

Anonymous said...

WELCOME HOME! There's no place like home!

Shepherdess55 said...

Welcome home! I've missed you. I hope and pray your mother's incision heals well.

Shelly said...

So good to hear from you! I'm glad your mom is in good hands, and you're getting a break at home for now. I completely understand missing all that! Enjoy it and rest up.

Joanne W said...

So happy to hear that you are home again. Will continue to pray for a speedy recovery for your Mom.

Shayla said...

Karin, I was so happy to see that you are home and your Mom is doing well. You’ve certainly been in my thoughts and prayers.

Unknown said...

There is NO place like home. Been thinking of you and your mom.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Glad to hear that you got home safe and that your Mom is being well taken care of!

pam said...

My prayers are with you and your mom.
Pam Martin

Chris said...

Just sending you ♥ and will continue to pray. So glad you're home for a while and can rest with your husband's arms around you. (I have that kind of guy and I'm pretty sure you do, too.)

Fae said...

Still praying for Gods blessings to surround you and your Mom... I’d check in to your page to see what might be posted... and then thank God for his faithfulness.


Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

I bet it was so wonderful waking up in your own place!! Hugs to you for the journey you have been on and the one ahead!

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