Friday, September 16, 2005

Sights & Sounds

Things that I have learned over the past 72 hours:

  • One of the worst sounds in the world is the sound of a CAT scanner spinning up while you are waiting in an empty hallway at 4 AM.
  • One of the best sounds in the world is a message left on your answering machine from a friend offering help even though he is getting married in less than five weeks.
  • One of the worst sights in the world is your Dad lying in an ICU bed with tubes running in and out of him.
  • One of the worst feelings in the world is helplessness.
  • One of the best feelings in the world is your Director telling you that she doesn't want to replace you because she considers you "the leader of the cast."
  • One of the best things about this week is how closer my Sister and I have become.

Dad is getting better. Slowly. I am encouraged that he can pull through this. It's just going to take a lot of time and patience. And I've got plenty of both.


Joe said...

I'm sorry to hear about it, Tom, but I'm glad things are pulling through.

John B. said...


Hang in there and PRAY.

My Dad just went in the hospital last night again after a fall, nothing broken, but he did tear his shoulder up pretty good.
He ends up in the hospital 2-3 times a year for that kind of stuff. I can sympathize with you, even though Dad's foibles are not normally as serious as your father's.

The key is to 'offer it up' to the Lord...if I can say that and not sound preachy.

tommyspoon said...

No, that doesn't sound preachy at all. That sounds very reassuring, actually. I have been praying, in my own imperfect way.

Your words are more comforting than you can ever know.

And best wishes to you and your Dad. Keep your chin up, pal!

TeacherRefPoet said...

Our family really hunkered down when my dad was in his coma. I remember assuming that all families came together under pressure, but the truth is many fissure.

It's good you have such a family.

Glad to hear about recent good news. Hang tight.

lemming said...



Oh Tom - all of my best.