Family Matters

It is late and I am tired, but I have had such a wonderful day that I wanted to share the highlights before I fall asleep.

This morning, Ben went to his last day of school for the year.  He has a week of finals next week, but today was the last regular school day of his Junior year.  As he walked away, I couldn’t help but feel really proud of him.

I went to work and then left to go see my retina specialist.  When I saw my eye doctor on Tuesday, he was concerned and wanted me to have retina scans asap.  I was able to schedule an appointment for today.

While I was getting my angiogram, John snapped this picture.  During an angiogram, I looked into that big machine.  A tech takes a series of pictures of my retina while the other tech injects dye into my arm,  The pictures show up on the computer.  This way, the doctor can track any leaking blood vessels as the dye travels into my eye.  After retina scans and angiograms in both eyes, my retinas were pronounced “great.”  I was so happy and relieved.  I went back to work and the rest of my workday went smoothly.

After work, John and I drove to Yorkshire, NY for my Aunt Donna’s calling hours.  I haven’t seen my cousins in years and it was thrilling to spend time with them.  My cousin’s daughters seemed so happy to see us and everyone kept hugging and hugging us.  There is something about family.  Even though we haven’t been together in a long time, we have all this history that has stitched us together.  After the calling hours, we went out to dinner.  It just felt so good to be with them.  I didn’t want to evening to end.

Unfortunately, on the way home we heard a thwap, thwap, thwap noise that meant that we had a flat tire.  An hour from home, 10:00 on a Friday night, and we had a flat tire.  We were so blessed, though.  John was able to pull the car over right under a light.  A really nice man stopped and helped John change the tire.  They had a hard time loosening the tire, but the man had a huge axe in his truck and he banged on the tire with it and the tire came loose.  We made it home with no further problems.

What a wonderful day.  A good report from my retina specialist.  A wonderful visit with my family.  Renewed relationships and promises to see each other more often.  An opportunity to say “goodbye” to my Aunt Donna.  Three hours of great conversation with my husband during the car ride.  Sunshine all day long.

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4 thoughts on “Family Matters

    • Sorry, I should have been more clear. My Aunt Donna passed away this week after a short but intense illness. Her “calling hours” or “wake” were last night at the little church she attended before she became ill. It was a great opportunity to pay my respects and spend time with her children and grandchildren. My cousin had put together a beautiful collage of photos of Aunt Donna, some with my Mom, many that I had never seen before.

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