I always tell clients while laughing, “The gallery delivery date promised in my contract is the absolute last possible date you are guaranteed to receive your images. It’s usually much, much sooner. The contract date is just in case everything in my life blows up.”
We might be close to explosion status, my friends.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I’ve been dealing with a pretty significant family emergency for the last few days.
To make an incredibly long story slightly shorter…over the last couple of weeks, my mother experienced some complications from a fall.
Her situation and pain went from bad…to worse…to excruciating…to life-treatening. And it all happened so fast it makes my head spin.
Up until Friday, I had been splitting my time tending her needs at her apartment, taking care of her dog, taking care of my own household, and taking care of clients.
On Friday afternoon, it became very clear that I could not leave her alone in her apartment overnight with the amount of assistance she needed to do basic functions like standing or eating.
As we were headed into the weekend, and doctors offices were closing, it became pretty clear that heading to the ER was the only option. Despite her protests that she didn’t want to bother anyone (anyone else have a mother like this?), she reluctantly agreed.
Turns out, it was the right call.
It was the very, very right call.
Exams were done, tests were ordered, and, although they knew something was very, very wrong, her wonderful community hospital didn’t have the answers and they needed to get her to a place that could help her immediately over the weekend.
So, that led me on an ambulance chase to University Hospital at 1am.
The answers didn’t come quickly, but after another radiology visit, we finally had the answer we needed to this on-going mystery.
At 10:30pm on Saturday, an orthopedic doctor was telling us she needed spine surgery first thing in the morning to drain the blockage on her spinal cord that was compressing it and causing her immense pain.
Spine surgery, you guys.
I have sympathy back spasms just thinking about it.
(Although, that may just be the uncomfortable chairs I’ve been sitting in all weekend.)
The good news is, she sailed through surgery like a champ and the amazing doctors here at University Hospital fixed the issue.
But now comes the hard part: recovery…
…when doing simple things like adjusting your position in bed, calling in an order for dinner, or even taking a sip of water require assistance.
While I have a wonderful family friend and my brother and his sweet girlfriend to help me, I’ve been bearing the brunt of her care. That includes racing to the hospital at 5am to try to catch her doctor on rounds, and staying late to make sure she’s comfortable for the night, among other things.
It’s 9:30pm on Monday. I’ve had 8 total hours of sleep since Friday morning.
I haven’t been this tired since my son was a newborn.
So…me returning emails and calls is going to be a little slow this week, and possibly next.
I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can, but please understand there may be a day or two delay.
Editing and delivery of galleries will hopefully resume later this week and if you are awaiting your session gallery, I will get it to you as soon as I possibly can.
I also just received news tonight that my production assistant experienced a loss in her family today. Naturally, she will be taking time off to spend with her family.
It’s been a hard week for Team Lollipop.
Stay healthy, my friends, and go hug your loved ones.