Thursday, September 20, 2007

Role Reversal


My mother had shoulder repair surgery Tuesday. Her doctor, a tiny redhead who looks just old enough to buy lottery tickets, did a bang-up job of making Mom whole again.

There were a few problems post-op, including an O2 level that seemed to hover around 80. Poor girl, she now seems to be developing a respiratory infection, accompanied by a nice fever. She is bruised and bloodied, somewhat loopy from the Vicodin, and really, really sore.

Strangely enough, I am ENERGIZED by all this excitement. THIS I can fix. I can bathe her, dress her, speak with her doctors, pass meds, administer breathing treatments. I can transport her to appointments, curl her hair, smooth lotion on her skin. I can tuck her in and kiss her goodnight. It feels completely natural, and necessary, for Mom and I to switch roles for a while. She has been through so much this summer. It's her turn to be nurtured. Please keep her in your prayers, OK?

Now for some good news. Ava has finally called me by name. Yep, my new moniker is....

Drum roll please....



AMMA

13 comments:

Katie said...

Hello Amma!!!!!!
How wonderful :)
Im sorry to hear your mum is in a bad way but i am also sure that the best person for the job is caring for her.
I will keep her in my thoughts
xxoo

Nancy said...

It's nice feeling like you can DO something, isn't it? Your mom is in great hands.

I am so very happy to hear you have a new name. I am a firm believer kids should pick their own nicknames for family members. This does not, of course, include Erik calling me "Nancy" lately. What's up with that?!

Laura said...

I love your new name!
I wish your mom a speedy recovery!

Every minute counts.... said...

It is so great of you to be there for your mom to help her recover from all that she has been through. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!
Congrats, AMMA!!!

Noel

Nicole said...

I love Amma!! How cute is that.

I will say a prayer for your mom and her caregiver. Take care.

Teresa & Shawn said...

I hope your mom continues on the road to recovery - with such a great nurse!

It was good to read your blog again!

Heather said...

Hi Kim, I'm Heather, caleb's mom. i was in the habit of checking in on your blog but haven't checked for awhile. I'm glad you're back and feeling better. Your mom has been through a lot. I am glad you can be there for her. I'm sure it means so much to her and you. Ava is really growing into quite a young lady. I bet you were so glad to here Amma! that is awesome. They grow up way too quick. I will check in more often ;)

Kerry said...

Is she proper and says "Aumma" (rhymes with Momma) or relaxed with "Ama" (pronounced am-a)? Or maybe she was trying to swear - Damna! Whichever way- it's your name and that's great!!!!! It's nice when the grandkids christen the grandmoms.

Good luck with your mother!!

Amy said...

Amma, that is awesome!

Tara said...

Hey Amma :) Man, I bet that still gives you goosebumps. I hope your mom recovers quickly and I agree with previous posters - she has the best person caring for her!!!

By the way, I would love to talk with Laura. My email address is tararlittlejohn@yahoo.com
I will look forward to hearing from her!!!

Whitney said...

I hope you mom is feeling like her self again soon. I'm sure she has the best nurse a.k.a Amma to take care of her. Congrats Amma!

Lisa R said...

so cute And i can not even get a Mama....sorry about your Mom I hope she gets better

Ava Jewel Leilana said...

Thank you, I can't even begin to explain how much reading other people's blogs of children with WS has been helping me. I hope you don't mind I posted your blog on Ava Jewel's. What a beautiful family you have. Warm regards, Ava Jewel's mom