Immediately, the word Patience came to my mind and I knew it was my word for 2012.
The absolutely last time I prayed for patience I had twins. I saw the correlation. Most Christians will tell you NEVER pray for Patience (because God will send you a trial and you will need Patience to get through it.) But nonetheless Patience is my word for 2012. I can already tell its going to be a banner year for needing Patience and it isn't even 2012 yet.
Last Saturday, December 24th, I stopped by my mother-in-law's house on my way to walk. I usually leave her paper and mail on the rail and ring the door bell. It takes her from 3 to 5 minutes to answer IF she hears the bell at all....so I just sweep her carport and go on my walk. But that day she "caught me".
"Come in," I want you to see something, she said. She had put her microwave on 90 minutes instead of 90 seconds and burned $8.00 worth of peanuts and chocolate to a crisp. I mean a crisp. The house smelled like the inside of a crematorium.
"I feel terrible; I was going to deliver homemade goodies to....and she listed six or seven friends and neighbors." "I just can't do it!" I assured her it was fine the people would enjoy their snack after Christmas. MIL has frequent maladies shall we say, not to use the hypo, word. So I really wasn't concerned.
Christmas Day she came over with more of the same complaints which we all did our best to assuage.
Monday she calls. "I need to go to the doctor." So I call and get the doctor's service who get his nurse to call because he is closed. She wants her vitals etc....so I get my son-in-law, a physical therapist to go with me and check them. Pulse normal, blood pressure normal.....another "malady"?
Doc says bring her in Tues Am for a walk-in appointment at 8:30 am. Off we go. Long story short he admits her to the hospital ICU. Eventually after many taxpayer funded tests they determine she has congestive heart failure due to her pacemaker's weak battery. Going to put in a new pacemaker or battery early the Wednesday am. Wednesday night, 9pm, her nurse calls....they just realized because she is on Plavix, a blood thinner, they can't do the surgery early the next am.
Thursday she has it done in the afternoon. She is sent home Friday morning. The woman is 95, she hasn't walked in five days but she is going home. Medicare no payee....patient no stayee.
Despite my dread; she is home doing well. Hubs has been stellar at running to and from the hospital and to and from her house. Me I am trying to keep from throwing away, I mean recycling, all the clutter, I mean valued possessions. I am going to need some PATIENCE!
Now what about you? Do you have a word for 2012? Let me hear from you, loyal readers.