Squad 2 is now in action, with Steve (Bob’s son-in-law) driving Mom, Bob, Hope & NED (sock monkeys) on the last stretch to Phoenix.
It’s time like these when family members really step up to the plate and shine. You do what you have to do for those you love…and nothing less. Of course, nothing less for Leslie, right?
As long as my Mom and Bob have been married, time, distance and bad timing has prevented me from really getting to know my step brother and sisters. In fact, I just met Lianne (Squad 1) last week for the first time. I still haven’t met Peter. I have had the pleasure of spending time with Ruthe (Steve’s better half – Ha).
I hate that it usually takes situations like these (or worse) for family to be in one place, but part of me considers this whole fiasco a true blessing. Mom and I are truly surrounded by amazing people. Those Lehrman “kids” have humongous hearts. HUMONGOUS.
And, Hope & NED know how to pack some pretty amazing mojo too. We need all we can get. Oh, and I think Squad 1 ran into this random traveling kitty at the rest stop for a reason too – probably a much-needed laugh. (I don’t know too many cats who would put up with this, that’s for sure.)
Safe travels Squad 2. You’re almost home Mom!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Mom and crew have hit the road. After nine days in the hospital in Denver at Swedish Medical Center, my Mom, Leslie Lehrman, has finally been released.
Now, the long drive home to Phoenix is underway. Definitely NO flying with these blood clot issues. Today, Mom, Bob (her husband), Lianne (Bob’s daughter), and Sammy (Lianne’s son) are packed into an SUV heading to Albuquerque to spend the night.
On the way, they stopped at the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel in El Paso Country, Colorado, just outside of Colorado Springs. The plan was to go inside the cathedral and say a few prayers. Mom couldn’t walk that far, so prayers from the parking lot better be just as good.
There are many hour 1/2 stops for Mom to get up and walk around. We do not want anymore blood clots to form. Hopefully, she can continue to get some good sleep.
After a night in Albuquerque, the driving team will switch, with Bob’s other daughter, Ruthe, and her husband, Steve, bringing Mom and Bob home to Phoenix.
You know, I’ve always loved Supertramp’s song, “Take the Long Way Home,” but not sure I will ever think of it the same after this.