Sometimes you just have to let go.

wedding10 When you get a call your mother has been taken to the hospital, regardless what age, it is stress inducing especially when she has several chronic problems. Let’s face it at the age of 90, almost 91, there isn’t much they can do, but try to treat symptoms and not have them overlap onto another chronic situation causing problems.

As hard as I tried to not be worked up over the situation, worked on letting go, I still must have been internalizing the emotions I was experiencing. Like in most things of life, we don’t have the control we think we do, outside of ourselves and perhaps not much control of ourselves in certain stress situations.

Although she is back at the nursing home, all they can do is make her comfortable, hope she gains her strength back and see what each day brings.

One thing for sure when we are in these situations, it would behoove us to recognize what we have control of, what we don’t and deal with both areas where we don’t harm ourselves. Easier said than done, right?

At any rate, life really is…one day at a time.

About Susan Reichert

President of Southern Author Serivces; President of Collierville Christian Writers Group; Retired Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine. Southern Author Services promotes and highlights authors and their books. Married with four daughters. Lives in the South.
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8 Responses to Sometimes you just have to let go.

  1. That feeling of being powerless to help is awful, isn’t it? Fortunately you’ve already adopted the attitude that gets you through these troubled times. I wish you and your mother all the best.

  2. Take care, Susan, and enjoy every visit with her xo Sending kind thoughts to you and family

  3. I wish you luck with the situation. Life sometimes hits us hard and we’re not really sure how to react. Then in a moment we sit up and wipe away the tears and go forward. The Lord has a plan for each of us and sometimes we don’t understand, but we carry on. My prayers are with you and your mom. As you said, life is one day at a time and that’s how we should take it. We’re never promised tomorrow. Wishing you better days friend.

    • Thank you Stephanie, I so appreciate your thoughts. I guess this is one of the ways we grow in life and learn to be compassionate for others. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Thanks. Susan, for that truth. I lived it for 16 years as my mother had many chronic illnesses. She needed to live with my family because she was not a candidate for any other living arrangement. My children were preschoolers when it started. Without exaggerating I could say we made 100 trips to the ER. She died in 1998 and we still miss her. I also missed time with my own family while caring for her medical needs.

    • Thank you Jean for sharing that information. Life sometimes delivers us to places we would rather not go…yet by going there we grow in our relationships with others and through these times are able to draw from our own experiences the compassion for others.
      I so appreciate your words and thoughts.

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