Friday, November 2, 2012

Small Things With Great Love: An Update

"In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love" - Mother Teresa

What a beautiful reminder of what life is all about!

One of my grandmothers has been having a really rough time. She had foot surgery on October 11. She was taken back to the hospital on the 25th, and has been there since. She had surgery on the 27th, due to a blood infection from the previous surgery. She's been in the hospital for a week, and was scheduled for surgery this morning to move a vein from her right arm to her left leg because she's not getting enough blood flow to her foot for it to heal (I haven't heard an update on how she's doing yet).

I have, in many ways, felt helpless. I'd love to have the strength and energy to go to her house and unpack some things (they moved a few month ago and haven't been able to get completely unpacked and settled yet), while she's still in the hospital - well, anytime, but it'd be a nice surprise. But, I haven't been able to, thus far.

So, I've been doing what I am able to do.

  • I've been keeping her in my thoughts and prayers.
  • I've been asking others to keep her in their prayers.
  • I've been able to visit her twice (so far) in the hospital with my mom.
  • I've tried to be there to help support my mom, as well, because this is a difficult situation.
My grandmother is a strong woman, and she's going to be alright. The reality, though, is that "alright" might not look like she or we would like it to. Physically, she can't do a lot of things that she used to and would like to still do. But, she is surrounded by love and support, and we'll work together to adapt however we need to.

This post was written as part of the National Health Blog Posting Month (NHBPM).


  1. You are doing so much to help your grandmother and mother. Never underestimate the power of prayer and support. The boxes will be unpacked in time, but right now, the prayers are needed even more.

    I'm praying here too.

  2. Sorry to hear that your family is going through this tough time. I pray that your grandma will hang onto as much independence as she can for as long as she can. Thankfully she has all of you.

  3. Thank you both for your prayers and support. <><

  4. You have such a great perspective on things, Jamie. Things will be alright, and alright may not be what you would expect or necessarily want -- but it will still be alright.

    Miss and love you. Praying for you and your family.

    1. Thanks, Kristin. I miss and love you, too. Please let me know when you'll be in town, so we can try to get together and catch up.


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