Sunday, 28 December 2008

So this was Christmas ...

We had a good day Christmas day, all in all, until my Mother in law fell and broke her wrist. She was with us .She didn't tell anyone for a while because she didn't want a fuss .

The pain increased and she told my Dh she knew it was a fracture -it had started to swell.My Dh took her to the casualty at a nearby hospital. Surprisingly she was seen and had a xray within 2.5hrs.They applied a temporary cast/bandage but because it was a bad break it needed surgery.

She left with an appointment to return to another hospital to see an Orphopedic surgeon the next morning (Boxing day).It did not go as planned.

Unfortunately due to the holiday closures of operating theatres and other emergencies she had till wait until this morning for surgery to have it reset under a general anaesthetic.

So she missed the Boxing day family get together and sat in hospital for 2 days waiting.That is why they called them 'patient'.

S & J enjoyed the festivities but mostly they loved running around and playing with all their cousins.They finally got the hang of unwrapping gifts and were thrilled with the new toys. We didn't go overboard though.

On a much sadder note I read today Emilie Lemmons passed away in her sleep on Christmas Eve.

When I wrote about Emilie last week I had no idea her passing would be so soon.Maybe she didn't know either. I did not know her at all except through her blog but I will remember her final words of wisdom and her last favourite quote.

"And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?

I did.

And what did you want?

To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth."

— Raymond Carver

She is now free from pain and suffering but how incredibly hard it will be for her husband and two small sons.

As I wrote last week ....The message I will take away is life is far too precious and we should ....just live intensely in the present, absorbing and embracing life as it happens. I'll let the superficial things in life go and stop sweating the small stuff. In the end will they matter.

Carpe Diem ... Today and always I will be thankful beyond measure and vow to seize every day that I can to Live well, Laugh often, & Love with all of my heart!

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Lilly's Life said...

Oh Trish, I didnt know about Emilie - that is so sad. Terrible news about your MIL too - hospitals are arduous places and being paitent is indeed a virtue at times like this. I hope she is feeling better.

Glad the boys had fun - enjoy your New Year. And lets all think about Emilies words and live every day for the rest of our lives.

Trish said...

@Lilly - My husband went to pick her up and take her home.Apparently her brother had a fall this morning and is now in the same hospital.She was going to see him on her way home.

Yes, I am going to print out Emilie's words, laminate them and stick to my bathroom mirror.It is so easy to forget our best intentions.

M+B said...

I'm glad you all enjoyed your Christmas (except your poor MIL of course - hope she mends quickly)!

That is so sad about Emilie, but her parting words are so apt.

Trish said...

@Lani - she was in good spirits when Dh picked her up entertaining the other patients and their visitors.

Yes, Emilie's words are apt.

Jeanette said...

That quote is amazing!! May she rest in peace.
Hope your MIL will recover quickly

Anonymous said...

I posted earlier, but no, my words are gone somewhere else.
So sorry to hear your Christmas was tinged with a touch of sad. Happy New Year, and may your 2009 be blessed, peaceful and happy.

Trish said...

@ Jeanette - Thank you

@ Rhubarb whine - yes 2008 has been a hell of a year for many people not just me... bring on 2009.

Cathy said...

sorry to hear about your MIL but glad you all had a nice xmas.

I only heard about Emilie through your blog when you mentioned her a post or two ago. I wrote about her in passing on my own blog. I was also shocked and saddened when I logged on to her blog yesterday and learnt of her passing. Her poor husband and little boys! So very sad :( Her last words were beautiful and will hopefully bring them comfort.

Jayne said...

Sorry to hear about your MIL but it's all behind her now.
At least she didn't have to wait 9 months like here in Melbourne!

Lori's Light Extemporanea said...

Wow. I hadn't even heard of Emilie until today. Inspiring, weird, and sad. Her poor family!

And your poor mil! She's quite the sport, isn't she?

Now that all of this is over, you can just chill and have a good 2009, yes?

The Bumbles said...

Very sad to hear about Emilie - I read your post about her last week. It made me sad especially since one of our dear friends just welcomed twin boys into the world the day before her death. Perhaps she was making room for them in this world.

Crazed Mom said...

I'm sorry about your MIL and Emilie. Sigh. Glad the boys had a blast running around with the cousins!


Kelley said...

Glad despite everything you had a lovely Christmas.

PlanningQueen said...

It is so important to treasure the time we have and not spend our time dwelling on the negative.

I hope your MIL is okay.

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