There won't be any photos in this post. I just have to walk my way through some things and want to get it out.
I had to check the calendar on Friday to make sure it wasn't the 13th. While I'm not superstitious, having been born on the 13th, there was bad news crawling out of the woodwork on that day. I felt like I was a magnet for sad news and that I had a black cloud floating over my head like the cartoons I use to watch.
The day started off basically as a good day. I was out and about doing errands and having a decent day. I stopped by a local florist shop owned by the wife and daughter of a dear old friend of mine. I found out that the bladder cancer he had a couple of years ago has returned and will be having surgery again on the 28th. This dear man is in his late 80's or early 90's and has always been a sweetheart. I use to do the books for him when he owned a real estate agency and we became really good friends. He never sees me without giving me a hug and telling me he loves me. This news really shook me.
One of my very best friends has been in Knoxville for a couple of weeks now with her son. He has had a re-occurrence of leukemia which he has been in remission from for almost a year. He has had 8 rounds of chemo and is really have a rough time. He's having chest pains which they have finally traced to a pulmonary embolism and he's having to have blood and platelets every day. The next step is a bone marrow transplant and he will be in total isolation while he has some intense chemo. He is only 21 and he really doesn't know if he wants to go through the transplant. His mother is beside herself with fear. I talked to her Friday and felt so helpless because all I could do was listen and cry with her.
I had to go to the post office after hanging up from talking to my friend. I had bought some movies for her son and needed to get them mailed to him. While there, the clerk told me that another friend who works at the post office was getting a divorce. He came home one day about 7 weeks ago and the house was cleaned out. This was a second marriage for them both. They had been married several years ago and divorced but got back together again.
I came home and just sat down and cried. It seemed like all the bad news was hitting me at once and I just didn't think I could stand it anymore. I had a good cry and then decided I needed some thread therapy. I went to the local cross stitch shop to pick up the fabric for my grandson's birth sampler and spent some time talking with the owner. She made me laugh which I desparately needed. I found a chart for a plastic canvas thing. The design is a log cabin and uses Caron Watercolor threads which I have fallen in love with. I definitely didn't need another project but I just could pass this up. I left the shop with a smile and feeling a little better but still with my friends' problems on my mind.
Then Friday night, I got an email from my son who is 33. He had an ASD (atrial septral defect) repair when he was 3 and a mitral valve replacement and pacemaker insertion when he was 14. He is now married and has 3 children. He had talked to me earlier about some leakage around the mitral valve replacement and had to have a transesophagal echo (TEE, he had to swallow a probe with very little sedation) on Friday to get good photos of the problem. Now he will have to have surgery or rather a catherization to implant devices to fix the leak.
Needless to say, this sent me over the edge again and today I have just been a zombie. I've managed to get the laundry done but not put away. I've cross stitched a little bit, crocheted a little bit, tried to read. Nothing has kept my attention for very long today.
Thanks for letting me get this all out. Sometimes it just helps to get it down and see it in black and white. I can't fix any of these problems but I can be a friend and a mother and listen and love. I'm sorry this hasn't been an upbeat post. I am usually a very happy person. I try to see the upside in things, the silver lining as it were. But that darn black cloud has decided to take up residence for a while and I'll just have to wait for a good wind health and healing to blow it away.
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