What Really Matters In Life

Last time I blogged, I was getting ready to go to Vegas. I went, but was on a plane back home to Michigan just a couple of days after I arrived. My mother had a massive heart attack and underwent a quadruple bypass. She was in the ICU and was not doing well. It’s a long story but they also discovered she had advanced heart disease..she smokes, it runs in our family, and she hasn’t been the best at taking care of herself or eating right. One side of her heart wasn’t functioning at all so they had to put her on a heart pump to keep her alive. I knew some of this while in flight but not the entire story until I was safely grounded.

Walking into that hospital room was the worst thing I’ve ever done. Seeing my mom in a medically induced coma hooked up to a million machines and a ventilator was terrifying. I thought I was going to faint. The doctors weren’t sure if she was going to make it. I held her hand and talked to her, I was too numb to cry and in shock. The next day, she was still critical but stable, meaning she was doing well with the life support. A few days later, her condition had continued to improve and they were able to take her off of the breathing machine. Her voice was rough and hoarse but nothing had every sounded to beautiful to me. I was so relieved that she was alive and no damage was done to her brain.The doctors explained that the long term plan was to get her strong enough to undergo another surgery…one to install a permanent pump in her heart to beat for the side that no longer functions. I guess Dick Cheney has one, she’ll wear a box on her side for the rest of her life. She can lead a somewhat normal life, but will not ever be able to be left alone or drive again. But she’s not ready for this major surgery yet. My mom is so strong and tough and has amazed the doctors so far, I know she can keep going!!

The past two weeks have been filled with many hours in the ICU, stress, exhaustion, and fear. But also of joy and hope, I know my mom and I know how capable she is of making a full recovery. It has made me realize how lucky I am to have a wonderful life filled with family and friends and love. And what’s important in life is spending time with your loved ones. Because you never know when that day will come when you can’t. I know I’m going to have plenty of more time with my mom, many more phone chats and dinners together. But I’ll cherish them so much more. And please remember to cherish the time with those you love, we all need to do that more in our lives!

Anyway, I was able to shoot some content for my site when I was in Vegas so here’s a few photos from the shoot. And here’s a photo from this week’s update…Pussy Playoffs!!


One thought on “What Really Matters In Life”

  1. hey there maggie.many things i could start with, but GO BLUE seems to be easiest. i’m from lansing, but that other school means nothing to me, and probably never will. i follow you on twitter so i see from time to time the blog posts you put up. this one about your mom hit me pretty hard. in december 2011, i lost my dad. he had complications from quadruple bypass surgery. i know the feeling of walking into a room, seeing the person you love hooked up to all of these machines keeping them alive. nothing can prepair you for what’s to come. i hope she’s doing much better today than at the time of your post. i will continue to pray for her health.

    now as far as this little website of yours…..WOW! i must say that i’m quite the fan of your work. and to know that you’re in ann arbor, well that’s icing on the cake. i’ve gone to 2-3 u of m games a year for the last 10 years or so, but it was strictly for the games. but now i see another reason. try to see maggie. lol yeah, amongst the hundred thousand plus. wish me luck.

    stay strong.


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