9.17.2007

More hospital rooms with flat screen televisions

Things are overcast here in my world. Overcast and generally gloomy. There was a death in my family. A significant enough death that it required sitting down with my three year old to explain what happened. I hope to someday forget the deep breath I had to take before I started. The first thing she asked when I was done was if I'm going to die soon, too. Beautiful. I find I have absolutely nothing funny to say on the subject. It's the high levels of awful sucking the humor out of my body.

The high levels of awful have not, however, robbed me of my ability to share a few hospital observations. First, I discovered that the flat screen television in my mother's hospital room several months ago was not an anomaly. Different hospital. Same flat screen. It's unfortunate when a hospital television is nicer than your own. Although, volume is a problem since the television is practically nailed to the ceiling. That wasn't a problem for my brother. He just tuned in the channel on his brain and didn't require volume. Even while Perry Mason was cross examining people. My dad and I however lack that skill so we decided to just let the entire floor listen to Tyra Banks with us.

Second, two small children running up and down the hall is really, really loud. Don't let you kids do that. People are trying to rest. What kind of parents are you anyway? It was bad enough when you made everyone listen to Tyra Banks during lunch.

Third, that Law & Order producer, Dick Wolf, must be a trillionaire by now. Is there even one hour of the day when one of his shows isn't on? My brother and I watched several episodes back to back. The only thing sadder than finding yourself watching them back to back is realizing you've seen the second one already and then watching it anyway because you've apparently been sucked into some black hole and can't look away even though you already know the wife did it and that she lied about being alone in Barbados.

Fourth, hospitals suck. Enjoy each and every day you have that doesn't involve a hospital. Life has a way of making sure you'll get plenty of hospital time anyway.

10 comments:

no way said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. This is something I also fear as a parent (and just as a human being in general.) Take care of yourself and your children.

Chaotic Joy said...

Well that just sucks.

I am so sorry for your family's loss.

Happy Working Mom said...

I'm very, very sorry for your loss.

My grandfather died a little bit ago and I had to explain that to my 4 year-old because she knew my grandfather very well. It's so hard because you never know how much they really understand.

allrileyedup said...

So sorry for your loss. Your daughter's answer is priceless. My grandmother is currently in the hospital (she's coming home today)and when I first got the phone call it reminded me of when I was little, I used to be afraid she would die because my best friend's grandmother died, so I prayed that she wouldn't die "until I was at least in 8th grade." Apparently, 13 was the age at which I assumed I would be mature enough to handle death. Kids...

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...especially the little ones. I hope you all take pleasure in remembering the happy times spent with your lost relative. And make sure you talk about that person to your kids on a regular basis, even if it hurts. Its better to have them remember that they lived and loved them, when they were too young to really appreciate it, than to have that persons name be just...a name.

Amy W said...

Sorry to hear about your loss...

Damselfly said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. And you're right -- hospitals suck.

childlife said...

I wish there was something that could be said that would help or something that could make it stop hurting. I think you already said it best... "Enjoy each and every day you have that doesn't involve a hospital." That really would be an excellent motto for living.

We've had a lot of hospital days with our family and they are never fun and you never get used to them no matter how many of them there are. There is always something inside telling you that life is not supposed to be like this...

I am so, so sorry that you have had to endure so much in one week and for the loss of someone so close to you. Hang in there - your humor will eventually find its way back to you along with new reasons to smile. And that is one special little girl you have there - hug her tight!

Rachel said...

It is really hard to explain death to kids when you loose someone close to you. I lost my sister-in-law last year and my son still sleeps in one of her old t-shirts.

a happier girl said...

Thank you for all the kind words. I appreaciate very much everyone's sympathy. Makes me smile to feel the internet love.

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