Juggling Act

Steadying myself and praying for my mother’s health

My mother had a medical emergency a few days ago, and for a little while my sisters and I were thrown into a surreal place that I don’t want to return to anytime soon.

My youngest sister was with my 80-year-old mother and called the rest of us after dialing 911. All four of us were in our hometown after returning from a family reunion so we rushed to my mother’s house, arriving moments after the ambulance.

The emergency workers were able to revive my mother and took her to the hospital emergency room, where we spent the next few hours waiting for examinations and tests to figure out what had happened. In the end, the prognosis was good. A visit a few days later to her primary doctor resulted in a change in some medication.

But the experience was unsettling. Through it all, I prayed, not only for my mother’s health and comfort but for steadiness as my sisters and I deal with the challenges of taking care of an aging parent.




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