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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Back to Blogging. And Cookies

Thanks to all of you who expressed such dear thoughts and concerns for my mom and my family. My sister read all of your comments to Mom, and she was touched.

She has been moved from the hospital to a care center, where she can get physical therapy, wear real clothes and interact with other residents, many of whom she knows from her small northern Minnesota community. Her recovery is slow but still pretty amazing for a 93 year old woman who had two strokes, then lay for six hours on the floor of her room before being discovered. Yes, that's the worst part of all this. It tears me up to think of it. Whatever happens with my darling mother, I am so thankful that she didn't die that way, and that so many friends and family have been able to visit her, to send her cards and letters, and surround her with love the past few weeks.

Now she is talking better, awake for longer periods, and getting adjusted to this new phase of her life. Again, many thanks to all of you who expressed your concern and said prayers in our behalf.

I just love this blogging community. I am so fortunate to be part of it.  What a wonderful friendship we can develop here. I'm inviting everyone to my house for cookies. Chocolate chip cookies-- all you can eat.

32 comments:

  1. I am delighted to her your mother is recovering and surrounded by loving family and friends. My very best wishes to you and your family.

    The cookies sound so enticing.

    Take care! A

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  2. I'm so glad your mom is recovering and getting the care she needs. What a blessing!

    Each day I'm discovering how supportive the writing/blogging community can be. Just when I feel like hanging it all up, an encouraging word or an inspiring post can get me back on track in no time.

    Chocolate chip cookies...my favorite! Yum!

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  3. Oh, I'm so glad your mother is doing better. And you can tell her I said so. You're right, the community is just wonderful.

    Thanks for the cookies.
    CD

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  4. Karen, that is great that she is recovering, poor thing, she must have got a fright, she sounds like a tough cookie though, all my best wishes to her and you all.

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  5. Count me in with everyone else who is glad your mom is doing better! It made me sad to read about her stroke, because my grandmother had gone through that last year and I know it can be tough.

    Sounds as though you are holding in there, so just keep on doing what you need to. And try to take comfort in knowing that you have a lot of people thinking about you. :)

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  6. I'm so glad to hear she is doing better. I will be praying for you and your family.
    BTW-- chocolate chips are my favorite.

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  7. I'm so happy to hear that your mom is doing better! And yum, chocolate chip cookies! Thanks! :)

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  8. I'm delighted to hear the news, Karen.

    May it continue.

    Thinking of you and your lovely mum.

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  9. oh! So glad to hear it. I'll bring the milk~ :o)

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  10. Glad to hear of your mother's recovery, Karen. Many blessings for you and your family.

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  11. oh that is great, am glad she has people around her and loving daughters too

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  12. Karen, sorry I missed that happened to your mom! (Offline so much due to NaNo.) Glad she is doing better and surrounded by those who care.

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  13. Poor Karen, what hard going for you, and such real life to be lived. I'm so glad to hear that she has stabilised and that your worst fears are shelved. Many many good wishes to your lovely, smiley mother.

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  14. I'm so so so glad to hear that your mum is doing better!! Yay!!! Big hugs to all of you!

    Thanks for the cookies. I'll bring ice cream! Take care
    x

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  15. I'm so happy to know that she's in recovery, thank the Lord! Congratulations, Karen. You must be so relieved.

    Jai

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  16. *big hugs* Sorry to hear what you're going through but so good that your Mum is recovering, she certainly sounds like a strong lady. ;)

    Cookies are yummy btw, they're going down really well with my red wine here. ;) xx

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  17. Glad to hear that she is recovering! What a blessing to be around friends!
    Chocolate chip...my weakness. =)

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  18. Six hours on the floor? I think someone is going to be getting Life Alert for Christmas this year. So glad to hear she's inproving, Karan. That's the power of blessings.

    Thanks for the cookies, I'm brewing up a batch of strong coffee to go with them.

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  19. So glad to hear your Mom is improving. Sending positive thoughts and hugs your way. May she continue smoothly on her road to recovery. The blogging community is a wonderful group of caring and loving people. So glad to have meet you through it. Thanks for the yummy cookies.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  20. Glad there is improvement!


    Aloha from Waikiki :)

    Comfort Spiral

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  21. So happy to hear the good news that your Mom is doing better. You both are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  22. That is good news! Your mother must be an exceptionally strong person. In terms of recovery I think that getting out of nightwear or hospital garments and into your own clothing is a psychological boost.

    Hope you are taking care of yourself too. Watching and worrying over a loved one is very draining.

    Yes, I'd love a chocolate chip cookie, thank you!

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  23. Happy to hear your mom is recovering, and is in place where she's being cared for so well. Know that must be a load off your mind. :)

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  24. Chocolate chip cookies can cure most anything. Thanks for the invite!

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  25. Karen, I'm so glad she is recovering and especially that she is someplace more comfortable where she can have both some social interaction and the supervision that will keep her safe as she gets back toward being more herself.

    Be sure to buy some marshmallow fluff to put between cookies for cookie sandwiches!

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  26. Glad to hear your mom is in recovery. And great to have you back in Blogdom again. Chocolate chip cookies are always a winner.

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  27. Karen you are so sweet. I'm so glad to hear your mom is doing better. That would be a difficult thing to go through.

    I'll bring the milk for the cookies. =)

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  28. Yea for cookies :)
    Glad your mom is getting better.

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  29. Great news!
    I'm coming for the cookies. You are just round the corner, right?

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  30. Lovin' these cookies! Come on over and help me eat them. Of course my personal favorite is white chocolate chunk macadamia nut. Yummy.

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  31. Wonderful news about your mother. May she continue to make a speedy and good recovery.

    I couldn't agree with you more about the blogging (and Twitter) communities. They are both incredibly supportive and filled with lovely people I'm very happy and lucky to have met. And to think I might have missed out on you and them all in real life. *shudders* Doesn't bear thinking about, so I'll have just the one cookie to take my mind of that awful thought...

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  32. I'm so glad she's doing better. She must be absolutely amazing! Keep us posted, k?

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