Friday, January 8, 2010

Random Streams of Consciousness and Kindness Part 3...

Three days into our Winter Break and five days before Christmas my husband fell 10 ft. through our ceiling from the attic to the floor of our bedroom. He had to be transported by ambulance to our local hospital where they discovered his injuries included a compression fracture of one of the vertebrae in his back and two large, impassable, kidney stones that had become dislodged from his kidney on impact. By the time they were found they had caused an obstruction and his kidney was enlarged. They did vertebroplasty to seal the fractured bone, which worked perfectly. They did lithotripsy on the largest of the two stones and had to leave a stint in the ureter to keep it open until they can do lithotripsy again on the other stone this coming Monday. He was in the hospital up until the day before Christmas. He has been in physical therapy to work on rehabilitating his back almost daily and just this week they discovered he also broke one of his heels from the fall. He is getting a little better each day but still moves very slowly, requires a lot of assistance and is not able to drive. We feel very lucky as he could have been hurt so much worse.

Within minutes of the accident my families began to mobilize - I say families because I am fortunate enough to have more than one. I have my blood related one, my neighborly one and my school one. Your related family is required to love you, it certainly behoves your neighbors to like and get along with you but your colleagues are an entirely different matter. I know people who work in places where the people come and go each day, do their jobs, or not, and then go home. I do not work in one of those schools, and I am thankful everyday that I don't. At Chets Creek I am surrounded by a caring hard working group of people who love on each other and are there each and every time a family member is in need. I am experiencing the depth of their compassion as they have lifted me, my husband, my daughter and mother in law up with support and prayer.

Words will NEVER express the love and gratitude I have for each and every one of them. From the cards, texts, facebook messages, emails, visits and FOOD we have felt love and compassion that has touched us deeply and reminded us what life is really all about - family. I thank each of them for being a part of my family and for caring for us when we needed it most. The level of support shown during this difficult time has been paramount in helping us all heal. My blood related family counts my school family as one of our greatest blessings.


Anonymous said...

It was so good to see you back today, Susan. While some Principals are rarely accessible (and some rarely in their buildings) - quite the opposite is true with you. You are always here, especially when we need you! Sending you and Chris our good wishes for a pain-free weekend,
Karen Morris

Mrs.Mallon & Mrs. Dillard said...

We are not complete without you but we know you where you need to be. Our best to Chris and hope 2010 brings only joy to the Phillips! MM

T-Cubed said...

It was very nice to see you on Friday, and hear you doing one of the things you do best, reading the BOM.

Thanks for taking the time to write such an eloquent note of thanks to the folks that have been providing help, but you and Chris are only reaping what you have sewn.

I hope that 2010 ends up being a great year for your family!



JJ Brown said...

We love you and your blood related family. We want what is best for you and them. So glad that your precious hubby is on the mend.


Sherrie Rabe said...

You are ALWAYS there for us, now we can help you. Whatever you need-- just say the word.


Anonymous said...

I love you mom im in th period I want my dad to get better so we could do what we planned to do before his accident ride are bikes I want the stone to go away so me and my daddy can be together