Thursday, August 12, 2010
In the blink of an eye
Sharon is a diabetic who lost her vision to diabetic retinopathy in her early 40's. Now she's facing life with a heart pump, slightly too large for her small frame, and a battery pack. Of course, the next few days will be touch and go for Sharon and she probably will be out of it for at least a week.
I spent the late afternoon and early evening pacing a lot, followed by wretched sobs that eventually forced me to my knees crying out to the God who specializes in healing and miracles. What more could I do?
The waiting game was uncomfortable at best. When I received the second call at 9:13 I breathed a bit easier, knowing my friend made it through surgery. Thank you, Lord.
Life. It's so fragile. As I've said before, it can be snatched away in the blink of an eye.
Sharon and I spent time together with 20 others on Monday night at the writers' group I lead, and then later at TGIFridays, enjoying drinks, food and invigorating conversations. She was animated, happy and full of life. Tuesday morning, her sugar levels crashed and the paramedics had to make a quick trip to her home. That night she was in the hospital with a massive heart attack -- her life forever changed. Appointments will be missed. Obligations not fulfilled. Life, as the rest of us know it, will go on as Sharon's body recovers in a hospital bed.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because tomorrow this could be my story...or yours. In the blink of an eye, your child could be struck down by a car, your husband killed in a fire. An aneurysm could claim the life of your brother, a stroke your mother. Or you could be crossing the room and get bowled over by a heart attack of your own.
It happens. Every day. Say your 'I love you's, give your biggest hugs, make your phone calls, write your love letters, work toward your dreams.
Your life can change in the blink of an eye. Mine did. Sharon's did. While I'd never advise you to worry about it, I am asking you to think about it and act accordingly.
There's really no point in living greener or healthier lives if there's no greater purpose to them. So if you're wondering whether or not this post belongs on the Green Grandma blog, it does, because my overall purpose is to help you live better lives.
Sharing my heart,