Wending our way

We are frail. We are resilient. There comes grace and aid but also failure and the pull to extinction. We are wending our way, one and all, from birth to the grave. Hallelujah. No really: hallelujah.

Yesterday on the phone, my sister’s doctor poo poo’d me. Her oxygen levels were fine. She was likely just upset about her aide’s departure. I announced, “I’m ten minutes from calling 911.” A short time later, he made a house visit. He called 911.

What a way to spend Christmas! She was admitted last night and is now comfortable. Getting oxygen and other meds she needs. Today, K and I went first to the apartment — put out a few days’ worth of food for her cat; took out garbage; put away the bags of delivered groceries that had been abandoned. Next, we went to the hospital for a brief visit.

We are frail. We are resilient.

The seven of us that shared Christmas Eve dinner have our own impressive list of diagnoses. We aren’t particularly unusual or unhealthy. Just human.

The sense of mortality pervading this Christmas Day, believe it or not, has a holier cast than the usual holiday.

Merry Christmas, dear readers. Hope it is a warm and safe holiday for one and all!

12 thoughts on “Wending our way

  1. ravenandsparrow

    oh Dee….there is nothing like a crisis at Christmas to remind us of what is important. I wish peace and health for your sister and send love to you and your family as you wend your ways. Merry Christmas.

  2. it's me -ml

    yes, agree. we are frail. we are strong. my heart is holding hope and us (like and unalike) all close. May all ….

  3. Liz A

    Last Christmas we stood by a window at my daughter’s and watched as a neighbor’s home went up in flames. Likewise your post makes poignant the appreciation of our many blessings. We all stand on the brink, mostly choosing to ignore it … if we can.

    “We are frail. We are resilient.” May you and yours be at peace with all that portends.

    1. deemallon

      How devastating for that family! When things break, especially our health, the normal operation of things seems like a miracle. We do take a lot for granted, day to day.

  4. Ginny

    Oh Dee! I’m sorry. For Nor and for you guys. We too spent the holiday with the frail and failing. Alice trying to convince me that Trump supporting relatives really are good people even though they support the vile creature. = agita. Then M-in-law has similar ailment as your sis. (((Sigh))) yet how lucky we are to have healthcare. I think of refugees at the border and feel guilty for all I have and not doing more for the have nots.

    I hope my gift arrived if only to cheer you. Hope to catch up with you soon. Xo Ginny

    1. deemallon

      Thanks Ginny. Noreen and I opened packages to together earlier in the week. I LOVE my Maya Angelou scarf. Thank you! She draped her multi colored striped scarf on her chair right away. I’m forgetting what else right now. Sorry! And merry Christmas.


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