What some of you may not know, is SCD patients can be prone to suffer strokes. That's what the doctors initially thought had happened when she was admitted to ICU at 2 a.m. on Monday, and what they hopefully ruled out with a number of diagnostic tests today.
I was glad to honor the Blogger Day of Silence for Sandy Hook yesterday. When I read the bios of the victims earlier this week, my tears started afresh. When I read the blog post "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother", my heart broke all over again, because I do know that all over the world there are families who both love and fear their own children suffering from mental illness, which sometimes expresses itself in violent outbursts at the least, and physical attacks at worst. Even worse is the difficulty getting appropriate - and beneficial - mental health care and support.
The Absent-Minded Professor, a cancer survivor, says none of us have lifetime contracts and we need to live everyday in the present. Those of us who are parents need to make sure we tell our children how great they are and how much we love them - and work hard to give them real childhoods. We can't always protect them from random violence - or random health crises, but we can love them well.
I guess it was fortuitous that on Sunday afternoon I took pictures of several combinations of completely secondhand clothes, most from the GoodWill. Although I've been schlepping around in no make-up, bifocals, and sweaters because the hospital is so cold (at least to me), this is what I'll likely wear to give an ethics presentation tomorrow, partly because I have a long round-trip drive to the seminar, and this is very comfortable and won't wrinkle.
The Deets: Petite Sophisticate sweater (GoodWill); vintage Ann Taylor Loft pleated skirt (eBay); MIA floral cut out boots (thrifted); Vera Wang necklace under $5 at Kohl's, probably left because no one "got it" but me. I was all, "Greetings, green rhinestones, you have found your Forever Home."
Y'all know I'm all about the one piece of
obnoxious notable bling :P
Sometimes when I get discouraged, I listen to Fantasia singing "I Am Here" at the 2007 Tony Awards, and remind myself how powerful the little things can be in our lives, how strong we can be when we least expect it, and how counting our blessings can be one way to deal with adversity.