Sep. 28th, 2010

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Out the window Vulcan stands watch over Birmingham.

I flew in last night, and this morning I walked in to learn that discharge to a rehab center was to happen today. During the day a failure of technology prompted a call for intervention which brought as many as 12 med staffers into her room at the same time.

I sit in Mom's hospital room. I will spend the night beside her. After most of a month without eating she can now eat. During that month her body's response to the return of the cancer prompted many interventions, and two major surgeries. She is weak, her body is healing slowly, and treating one aspect often triggers imbalance in others. Regaining strength means a lot of hard work walking a tightrope only to face more chemo.

Walking in to hope and then having a faux crisis is a good thing, for we have talked through many of the details that might have been left unspoken until later.

Vulcan stands watch from afar, unconcerned. I'm right with her.

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