Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Queen for a Day

Well, that went well.

Mom's birthday was this past weekend, and my sisters went to great effort to make it one she'll never forget. My two girls and I flew to L.A. to surprise her, as did two other good friends of Mom's. Nurse Sis and I busted Mom out of her rehabilitation center and took her home--the first time she's really been anywhere other than a healthcare facility for a couple of months--to party with her friends and family. Just getting out for a car ride on a beautiful Hollywood day was an enormous treat for her. On top of that, imagine going home for the first time in weeks, even if only for a few precious hours, and having people who loved you waiting when you arrived.

Those of you who've been reading a while may remember Mom's posts last winter about her leaking roof and ceiling: buckets, tarps, and misery. The roof was replaced a while ago; Mom entered her house to find the interior finally as good as new as well. Her home has never looked better. Hero had a new haircut and dandy bow around his neck. In addition, my sisters landscaped the backyard as a surprise--much hard work by Kid Sis. Everything took a lot of coordination and went off like clockwork. The hours passed too quickly before Nurse Sis and I had to take Mom back to the center. She was the happiest I've seen her in...I can hardly remember. Many months if not years.

A nice result of our scheme (which I would have mentioned here before, except there was a small chance Mom might have gotten to a computer and spoiled it) is that Mom told us all that being home reminded her of what she's working for. She's more motivated than ever to build her strength, taper off her medications, and get the heck out of there.

So thanks to my sisters who pulled it together, and thanks to Mom's friends--some of whom flew 500 miles just to be there for the afternoon and flew home again the same day. Mom was overwhelmed with the best kind of surprises and was more grateful than she could describe for all of them.



At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Lunchmoney said...

---Remember the magic words of truth from Oz---There is no place like home!--there is no place like home!
Just close your eyes---wish real hard and click you slippers three times--

Your wish can come true

I'm with ya all the way

Partner of Diane

At 12:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy birthday Mom!! glad to hear you got a day off from healthcare. keep up the great work!!


At 6:55 PM, Blogger Lynne said...


At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy birfday Mom! Glad you could get out and enjoy yourself, even if it was only for a couple of hours, you sill have your memories!



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