Thursday, December 13, 2012

Procrastination and ... Broken Hips

Sorry I haven’t posted since … when? Last week? This should probably be a post on procrastination. Thank the Lord I got busy and wrote my article on Margaret Daley for Southern Writers Magazine.  It was an easy-write because MD is so inspiring. She’s written more than 80 books. BUT, if I’d put it off, I would have been in a fine pickle. My mother fell last weekend and broke her hip. Yeah, and she procrastinated about calling an ambulance. Fell on Saturday in the drive near the highway while trying to tug her garbage can to the road. I don't think it was even trash pick-up day. Thankfully, a couple saw her sprawled in the dirt and helped her inside. Don't ask how; they had to tote her up two levels of stone steps. Then, to make things worse, she suffered through the night until the next afternoon before calling someone. Go figure. She's a tough one. Always has been.

So, I’ve been in Texas sitting in a hospital and now a rehab facility. No Internet, and I’m certainly not feeling very creative.

If you have a To Do list you’re wagging around, just staring at, trying to get inspired—get busy doing and checking off. Don't suffer through it at the last minute. Look at me (and Mom). I have purchased TWO Christmas gifts. Oh my! Oh my!
Mom is doing much better. For awhile we were worried. She’s 88, a retired nurse, and you know those retired medical people are the worst patients. She got discouraged and weak the second day after surgery, but since then, she's been pretty positive and her old self. She's good at making her own rules, but I’m happy to say, so far, she’s followed directions, instructions and been a model patient. We’ll see what happens.

If you're ever in unfamiliar territory, and can’t get online anywhere—and that’s been my problem—McAlister’s Deli is an answer to a blogger’s prayers. Plus, they have really good tea and veggie meals.

For 2013, let’s all agree: no P.R.O.C.R.A.S.T.I.N.A.T.I.O.N. and absolutely NO broken hips.




Jan Newman said...

My late mother-in-law procrastinated overnight while she was having a heart attack--she just knew she'd feel better if she took a hot shower, could go to sleep, etc. She waited till morning to call anyone for help to avoid bothering anyone. This wonderful old queen of denial lived many more years! Trust me--if I think I'm having a heart attack? I'm bothering someone!

Lynn said...

Sorry about your mother-in-law. Hope she recovers soon. And a good notebook and pen work wonders when there is no internet!

Misha Gericke said...

I'm glad to hear your mother-in-law is doing okay. Broken hips can be so dangerous...

Good luck on getting everything you have to do, done. :-)

Chris Baldauf said...

Glad you're creating a new normal, and I pray healing for your mom. Procrastination has been my middle name this Holiday season. Blessing to You and Yours!