February And No Florida?!
some troubling news to tell you. The long and short of it
is that I wont be taking my annual trip this winter
down to Florida. This is due in great part to the fact that
my Mom wont be down there this year. And that is because
she recently went through open-heart surgery. Thank goodness
she is doing well and was treated at the most well known heart
surgery hospital in this country. Ironically, it happens to
be the Cleveland Clinic. Which is where she lives.
of it was, she had no idea she was even ill. Then one day
while playing tennis, she became short of breath and felt
just awful. That prompted her to see a doctor. Turns out she
had three major blockages. At first her doctor was going to
put in stents, which have had great success in clearing up
blockages in patients that have had them put in. After much
discussion with Mom about her options though, they decided
together to go ahead and do a triple bypass instead. The way
her doctor explained it, the triple bypass was a more invasive
surgery, but with her particular circumstances, it was the
here in Caroga Lake knowing that I needed to get to Cleveland
in a hurry. My sister, Debbie, was already there from Chicago
and my other sister, Linda was coming in the next day by plane.
Herman and I with the help of my aide packed quickly and he
and I were on the road within the hour. There was no way I
wouldnt be there for Mom!
it was an 8-hour drive, though due to the circumstances, it
felt much longer. Upon our arrival, what struck me as the
most odd was not seeing Mom greet us at the door. I recovered
quickly, and as it was late, went directly to bed in preparation
to get to the hospital early the next morning. I definitely
wanted to see her before she went into surgery.
we got to her room at The Cleveland Clinic, I was happy to
see her alert and full of energy. It was difficult, though,
to see her in a hospital bed wearing a hospital gown. She
took one look at me and very knowingly said, "dont
you dare start crying!" I took this cue to heart and
simply told her how much I loved her and that it was scary
to see her in a hospital. She simply stated that she wasnt
happy about being there, but it was her only choice.
that morning my sister Linda arrived from the airport. Then
we all waited until Mom was taken into surgery. When she was
finally out of surgery, we were all taken to wait to see her.
While we were waiting, I needed to use a restroom. It was
at that precise moment that we were allowed to see Mom. When
I met up with my sisters again, they were pretty shaken up.
I guess it was a lot to see Mom right after surgery. By the
time I asked the nurse if I could see Mom, evidently she was
see her the next morning and every day we were in town. This
was in December, and as of this writing she is still continuing
to do well! I think that my Mom is a very tough lady. And
I think it runs in the family. So this year Florida will have
to survive without me and Mom. I will try to have her come
to Caroga Lake and the beach here this summer! Its not
that far away
"Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an
acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"