Yesterday was my Mama's 59th birthday.
Today we celebrated with pedicures, a little shopping at Target to see what Liberty has to offer in the bargain area and then a lovely dinner with fresh cut flowers from the garden and fresh food and a stellar apple crumble pie (from Cocos restaurant, not handmade, but it tasted damn fine).
Tomorrow at 5:30 a.m. my Mama checks into the hospital for a scheduled knee replacement. It will be her second joint replacement in five years and will be performed by the same surgeon that did her hip. He is an excellent surgeon and I do trust him to take her through this, but that does not alleviate that clench in the gut.
The last few years have not been kind on my Mama's physical mobility. Her body has been attacked by Rheumatoid Arthritis, it has destroyed joints and frozen her once fluid self and left her in too much pain. It has made her cry and required that she request more help that she wants and yet, it has not broken her. Oh no. This woman with a core of steel, this woman who gave birth to eight children and raised them to be good people and shows patience and kindness and care for so many, she is not broken.
I would ask though, for a few moments of your time and your energy, that you send healing thoughts and words and prayers for her in the next few days. I know what my prayers for her look like...
A simple and safe and uncomplicated surgical procedure tomorrow
A manageable recovery with not too much pain and lots of rest and healing
A return to full functioning mobility once she can receive the RA drugs, that their effect becomes life changing and give her the recovery and mobility she has earned.
Don't feel bad for my Mama, she lives with such grace, even in the midst of crippling pain. But do pray, please. I would just love that.