Thursday, January 15, 2009


I've felt exceptionally lonely and exhausted today. I've been thinking a lot about which secret garden I've been tending by dwelling on my state. {see Thomas S. Monson quote in the left sidebar.} I can't help it. But, thankfully, I was helped by some sweet friends. Their service helped buoy me through some of the tougher parts of the day. But I've been home mostly for the past three days. And its been cold. Those things don't help either. The girls don't have snowsuits or a sled that can fit the both of them. I'm thinking its time get all of those things plus some snowshoes or cross-country skis, so we can get out and enjoy the cold weather. Its hard though to do much outside with Esra. She can't move in the snow easily and she gets cold quickly. I wish I had an assistant to help me shop and remember all the things that the girls and I need.

Sam is diligently assisting his parents. He has been such a help to them. The appointment in NYC gave them much insight into Norm's condition. The composition of the tumor is unknown, but possibly connected to his previous melanoma. Plus, it seems to be located on the perimeter of the brain. So, Norm is scheduled for open brain surgery on Saturday. The neurosurgeon feels that it is best if Norm is admitted and remain under observation until then. Their younger son, Zack, is flying in to be of assistance tomorrow. I think the Lord has really prepared the family for this. He was all set to go to grad school this semester, but some paperwork was lost, or some other bureaucratic excuse. Zack has undergone multiple open heart surgeries, so his experiences and devotion to his parents is appreciated.

Sam and I spent an hour trying to figure out how to get our little family to NYC to visit with Pop and Grandma before the surgery. I certainly don't want to drive, but Norm and Lynda weren't anticipating being admited, so they need things from home. So, someone needs to drive the minivan back to the South Fork. Plus, Sam's car is still at his parents house. A very tricky thing. Someone will be spending a lot of time driving. I think Sam is going to drive back with the van, then drive his volvo back to our house, then we'll all drive together back to Manhattan.

I'm considering just putting the girls into the car now and driving there, because I don't have anything else better to do. And the last two nights, I've stayed up past midnight anyway. But then we have to figure out somewhere to stay. Anyone have any extra hotel points they can spare?

1 comment:

J & K Shapiro said...

Oh, I wish I could stay with you and help out!

You are quite a writer!