Road to recovery

Events will happen that will thrust us into a period of reflection. Recently my Opa (German for grandpa) went into surgery for a double bypass. Originally it was a triple bypass and a heart valve replacement. Luckily a few tests changed the diagnosis. Still, a surgery like this is terrifying because the surgeons have to stop the heart while they operate. For more than an hour, the patient is technically “dead” until the surgeons bring them back to life.

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When a loved one is in a battle between life and death, your mind rushes to the worst outcome. What if something happens during the surgery? What if they can’t bring him back? What if a complication from the surgery causes something bad to happen? I can’t bear the thought of losing him. I know it’s selfish because I don’t see him as often as my family, but he needs to see me graduate college and dance with me at my wedding. I want him to be able to play with his great grandchildren and tell them the same stories he told me.

I know we take our loved ones for granted. Why do we do it? I suppose because we get so caught up in ourselves that we forget to appreciate what’s around us. I don’t want to forget. I don’t want to be grateful only when it’s moments like these. My Opa is a wonderful person who encourages me to never settle. How could a person that remarkable be taken for granted? I love him so much, and I pray God blesses him during his recovery.

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