I truly want to thank each and every one of you who expressed your concern and/or sent up prayers for my mother and our family these past few days. Your kindness truly touched me. My mother is stabilized at this point. They have put a filter in to ensure that the clots in her legs do not also migrate. She is also on an anticoagulant medication which will stop the clots in her lungs from getting larger. However, given the size of the clots in her lungs, it may take 6 months or so for them to be dissolved. A long haul ahead, but we are so fortunate and blessed that she got medical attention when she did.
And....by way of clarification (so you all don't think Nod is completely stuck in the Dark Ages)....yes, our ER has a back-up power system. However, I first took my mother to a walk-in clinic since they had access to her medical history, and she was not, at the point of departure from her home, seemingly "critical." Upon arrival at the clinic, however, she steadily declined and was put in the "urgent care" unit, administered oxygen, etc. It was at this point that the power went out (as a result of road construction in the area....) The clinic, too, has a back-up system, but it only lit the hallways, and there was no way of getting the beds out of the rooms and into the hallway....Hence, the flashlight....which the doctor's son had just given him or he likely wouldn't have happened to have it. The urgent care physician had already called 911 to have my mother transported by ambulance to the ER, and had hoped the EMTs could start the IV, but when my mother's vitals started to deteriorate, he tried the IV by flashlight....In any event, he was not successful with the IV even with the flashlight....Just another day in the life of a crow....
And, with all of this hullabaloo, I am a little remiss not only in blogging, commenting, etc., but in my thank-you's for other gifts received. On July 19th, Sweet Traci from York Mountain Primitives, said she would pick one of the persons who commented on her post that day and send them a "wee thank you." Actually, Traci decided to send EVERYONE who commented that day a very SPECIAL thank you....Nothing "wee" about it, because Traci made something very special for each one of us....Traci asked me to name one of my favorite fall/Halloween things....I said black cats.....and look at this crow-perfect penny mat Traci made for me...just for me!!!
I LOVE this!!! Traci - thank you from the bottom of my heart. You know the day it arrived and it was a truly bright spot in a very dark day....And you couldn't have captured what I love any better!! Thanks Sweetie....again!
I was also one of the (many!) lucky winners in The Olde Country Cupboard's "Christmas in July" celebration. All month long, Sandy (and her daughter, Samantha) offered free patterns and had wonderful giveaways. I was the fortunate recipient of this wonderful Christmas journal:
Love it!!! Thank you so, so, much Sandy!!! That was so sweet of you...and it will be a wonderful addition to our season's celebration this year.
I cannot possibly put into words what your kindnesses have meant to me. So I will simply say, and say simply, thank you.