Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Gratitude: A Personal Post

We've just come back from having spent Christmas at the Yale-New Haven Hospital's Cardiac Care unit. My father unexpectedly wound up needing a pacemaker, so my husband, my siblings and I spent the 24th through the 27th grafted to the furniture and fixtures of the CCU.

Here's my thank- you note to the world:

Thank you to my husband, who, although hating driving at night, brewed a pot of coffee and drove us to Connecticut by 2 a.m., and who stayed with me while we waited;
Thank you to my brother and sister, who are able to remain logical in emergencies;
Thank you to my in-laws, who put us up in nearby Branford, who let us come and go as we needed, and who offered a great deal of emotional support;
Thank you to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, who gave us the gift of time during the holidays;
Thank you to the staff at the hospital, especially the nurses Theresa and Joan, who treated Dad with dignity and humor;
Thank you to my baby niece, whose very existence lights up my father's immune system and whose delighted smile got us through the weekend;
Thank you to my special nieces,K and S, who stayed at home to make sure that Santa knew where to park the sleigh;

And thank you to God and therapy for giving me the maturity to see what a wonderful person my father is and to value the time we have with him.

The best way that I can think of to act on this gratitude is to donate to Mercy Corps,to help in some small way with the relief work. I urge all CCE readers who haven't donated time, money, or blood to the effort to do so.

I won't be posting here for a week or so. Have a wonderful New Year, CCE-er's, okay?

Best,

Joanna




16 Comments:

At 9:36 PM, Blogger jocalo said...

What a generous holiday thank you under very difficult circumstances. I had six hours in the emergency room with my son on Sunday evening, so I know the scene--too well, in fact. I've spent at least 30 days in hospitals this year, attending to loved ones. Like your news, the good news is everyone is still here.

Happy New Year to you, Joanna.

 
At 2:30 AM, Blogger Styles said...

Thinking and thanking go hand in hand, and in your extended list of names, you've brought to mind particularly thoughtful, thankful memories of my folks, whom we cared for before they died. Whatever time remains to yours, cherish.

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At 12:14 PM, Blogger clc said...

Four years ago, I spent eight days in the Yale CCU, undergoing and recovering from heart valve surgery. Those eight days taught me how incredible nurses and other hospital support staff can be. The Yale CCU staff saved my life--in more ways than one.

I'm glad that's where your dad was treated, Joanna, and I'm glad that thanks to that whole list of people you were able to be there for him. I guess there are better ways to spend the holiday, but you maybe got the best gift of all of us.

 
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