Friday, April 4, 2008

Life's unexpected turns

In my last post, I talked about how O was going in for surgery. The surgery itself went well; however, when they took out her breathing tube in recovery, she started couldn't breathe on her own. They ended up having to re-intubate her and then she went to intensive care.

The last time she was in intensive care with a machine to help her breathe, she was a premature newborn. At that time, it was upsetting, but the whole process seemed expected. She was a preemie and of course she'd need help breathing. Nothing that happened on Monday was expected and I had a hard time dealing with it.

With lots of prayers and her very strong determination, things started improving and we got to come home on Wednesday. We were all so thankful she was o.k. and that we got to come home.

While we were in the ICU, it made me realize yet again how quickly life can change and how we should all be thankful for what we have and who we have in our lives. Not only did our situation drive this point home, but also the situations of other families in the ICU. One family was there with a sick teenaged boy. Nobody could really figure out what was wrong with him, but he was very ill. His family was terrified.

So, go hug everyone you love and tell them how much you appreciate them. Life is short.

1 comment:

Matilda said...

Sure puts things in perspective, doesn't it! I'm sorry she didn't agree with her surgery!

HUGS to O, and MOM!!!