There are lots of things I don’t even pretend to understand about this world. There are things that have happened in and around my long life, that I couldn’t even begin to explain, even if I wanted to. I have learned that sometimes things (both good and bad) just happen for no logical reason!
Nothing could have prepared me for the shock I received today (after being away from the hospital for only five and a half hours) as I walked backed into Tommy’s room and found him clean, shaved, oriented and sitting in a chair, enthusiastically eating chicken, green beans and carrots!
…but, like I said, sometimes things just happen and you just graciously accept them. Without asking any questions, you just bow your head, and say “thank you.” This is one of those times.
I have always said my big brother Tommy was like a cat and that I was sure he had nine lives. He made it through a devastating case of Rheumatic Fever, when he was just a kid. He survived almost 24 months in Vietnam Nam, he walked away from numerous (and sometimes very serious) car accidents, and he recovered from a very concerning subdural hematoma! Not to mention several other life experiences that could have easily killed him!
Tonight, I am happy to report that the pneumonia (found in a lung already feeling the effects of cancer) is most likely not going to be the culprit that gets him! At least not this pneumonia, at this point in time.
When I left the hospital tonight, they nurses were actually talking about him being released from ICU and being moved to a regular room.
To say I am thankful, relieved and overwhelmed with joy would be and understatement… Oh I know he has a long and difficult road ahead, but for now, I still have my big brother and that’s a miracle I’ll gladly take!