Monday, July 1, 2013

Vacation is on the Horizon!

Hmmm... It's been a wild ride lately.  There are always challenges, and I can finally see the new horizon coming to shine on me.  Wow, how cheesy.

Alex and I were supposed to be leaving this past Sunday to head to Pennsylvania to see my Mom's family.  Dad, Mom, Mike, and his dog Clover were going to go as well.  Instead, we have been waiting here at our apartment, helping out wherever we can because my uncle was admitted to the ICU this weekend.

I started getting calls from Mike, who started getting worried about our uncle on Thursday.  He seldom calls, so when I heard the phone vibrating and saw that it was him, I answered it.  Yay for being on-call RN for my family!  And there began the challenge to teach Mammaw and Dad how to use my uncle's glucometer to check his blood sugar.  He's a diabetic, and it never occurred to me before that I should teach someone else how to take his blood sugar in case he could not do it himself.

I don't feel like I have the right to be more specific, nor do I want to be right now.  Bad just went to worse and even worse, and now my uncle is in ICU.  I am told that he is improving quickly, and I am glad that he is getting the care that he needs.  Dad told me that the ICU nurses have been wonderful at taking care of him and explaining everything in terms that he and Mammaw can understand.  I am extremely grateful, and I love my kind!

I have learned now that I have an obligation to help my family with medical concerns and questions, and I am happy to do that.  I hope that I get to help my uncle take better care of himself.  I hope that he is receptive, and that I get to reinforce the teaching about diabetes that they do at the hospital.  I hate to wish this, but I hope that he remembers just how sick he was and how bad it got, so maybe he will not want it to happen again.

So, for the new horizon!  I am so excited to be going on vacation with my family for several days.   There has been a slight change of plans as to who is coming--Dad is going to stay home with Mammaw to take care of my uncle when he is in the hospital.  So, to take his place we have my 9-year-old cousin, Tesse!  Mom, Mike, Alex, and Clover are still coming.  It's going to be a tight fit in the car... but we'll manage.

There are several people in my Mom's family who have not met Alex, so that will be fun.  I hope I get to see as many of them as possible, because I love them all.  I really want to see my grandparents, seeing as they could not make it to our wedding, so it will be the first time they will be meeting Alex too.  So excited!  :)

I might not post for a couple of days.  I don't think I will be bringing my computer.  So, I hope everyone has a wonderful July 4th holiday, and I will be praying that all of you stay safe and have a blast!

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