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I got a phone call Thursday in between classes that my mom had suffered a heart attack that morning. I overreacted a bit (I think understandably) because of losing my dad last semester. I found out at the same time of day that I learned about my dad having cancer, and the shock, the preparations to get a ride from campus (I didn't want to ride the bus), and the hurried packing to travel down to Wichita were just too familiar in a not-comforting way.

She was scheduled for an angioplasty Friday morning and it went well. With some lifestyle changes (namely quitting smoking), she is expected to make a full recovery. She is now home and so am I (we left yesterday just in time to beat the worst of this ice storm that is now plaguing Kansas).

From the moment I found out until everything appeared to be all right, I had loved ones offering everything I could possibly ask for. Four friends even sent my mom flowers today. It was a really different experience, not having to deal with my step-mom and my dad's family. I don't quite know how I got such an amazingly supportive network of friends and close family members, but I am thankful.

Date: 2009-03-29 09:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] acommonreader.livejournal.com
Oh, sweetheart! I am sorry for anything that echoed of your experience with your father, and hope that your mom is recovering and getting all of the care and rest that she needs in this unexpected cold. I love you, and your family, and am glad that there are so many good, warm hearts near you right now, even while I feel so far away.

M

Date: 2009-03-29 12:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thedabara.livejournal.com
You have friends that care about you because you are an amazing person. Simple. One of my favorite people in the world, hands down.

Date: 2009-03-29 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] n-decisive.livejournal.com
I'm glad that you had people there for you. As I said elsewhere, you deserve it.

Very sorry to hear about your mom, but happy to hear that she's on the road to recovery. I'll keep you both in my thoughts.

M

Date: 2009-03-30 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chernobylred.livejournal.com
Oh, hon. *hug*

Date: 2009-03-31 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theoneinblue.livejournal.com
OH hon! I'm so sorry! But I'm glad that things are looking better, and that she'll recover well. And I'm also glad that you are experiencing the other side of crisis: what a loving support network is supposed to be like.

I'll be thinking of you - *hugs*

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