Sunday, May 31, 2009

Jersey Trip / Hospital Visit

Getting the call that my mom was in the hospital, off to Jersey I went. A great sight is always there to greet me as I see The Lady welcoming me home. Let's not forget that she's in Jersey waters!

Newark's skyline. Always evokes such childhood memories. My first solo bus trip was to downtown Newark during my grammer school days to buy a pair of white "go-go" boots. Then the bus ride home only to discover when I opened the shoe box that I had two different sizes :(
So my sense of accomplishment was short lived.
Before I knew it, I was on Morris Av. driving by my mom's apartment complex. I didn't expect to see it on this trip, but the route to the hospital took me pass it. Five buildings surrounding a grassy courtyard.

This is a picture of my typical teenage driving experience....The Garden State Parkway. Speed limit "65" reality "20". I spent many, many hours on this road.

Finally I made it to the hospital, where they determined that my mom had a slight stroke. But nothing can stop her from watching her beloved Yankees.

For all of my Florida friends.....yes, my brother Jimmy does existI remember him wearing these 50 years ago! He's not making a fashion statement here....he just never stopped wearing Converse.

Me and Casey with the boys....Ryan, Jamie and Danny.

The effects of the stroke!?!?! No, just Donna's way of seeing which magnification my mom needed for her reading glasses. But we were having quite a laugh over it. I asked my mom to hold the paper upside down for the sake of the picture, but she didn't go for it. I think she realized that it would end up on the blog, and she wants everyone to know that she is quite with it.

Playing beautician.
~Mom and her girls~

Oops....a repeat (which is ironic because we had to repeat this picture numerous times as we were using the timer and we couldn't quite capture the correct image for a number of frames. We were on the verge of losing it in this picture as it was getting quite comical.)

The day before I left, my mom was sent to "The Manor", a rehab place, so that she can get her strength back. I was glad she was able to make the move before I had to leave. A farewell kiss.
And here's hoping that her therapists can put up with her! :)


Anonymous said...

I was thinking of you this weekend, and now I know why. Hope all is well with Mom, and glad that you were able to see family and be "home" for a bit. Looking forward to seeing you soon - thanks for sharing! Beth

Debbie D. said...

Thanks for your thoughts. I had a great visit with my mom!
Hope to see you soon. I'll keep you posted on my upcoming activities in case you can join in!

ladydee said...

moomy says not funny about can the therapists put up with her! they all like her down there, she says they think shes a doll!!!lol..
just showed her your pictures...she enjoyed that:)

Lisa and Erik said...

Love this post. You drove from FL to yourself?! My stomping grounds are Balto/DC. Prayers for your family.

Debbie D. said...

Lisa, No I flew...the car pictures are from once I got there and picked up an extra car at my sister's in-laws house. But I can see how you thought that. Although I wouldn't be opposed to driving given the time. I love road trips!