Mom’s Amazing Adventure Continues

I told you about how Mom huffed a pill and it got stuck in her lung and they had to send a team of doctors down her throat with a jackhammer and a crowbar to get it out, right?

Yesterday, I took her to the pulmonologist in charge of the expedition for a follow-up and he showed us pictures of the bits. I was going to post them here, but they’re rather ghastly, with all blood and lung goo on them, so I’ll just upload them and link to them, so view at your own discretion:

Ghastly picture #1

Ghastly picture #2

You were warned.

SO the new adventure: On the way back to Corydon, we stopped by Mom’s church so she could pick up some flyers about St. Peter’s Lutheran Dutch Fair And BBQ this Sunday 10-3 non-Lutherans heartily welcome. I’ll be there the first part of the day with some of the Southern Indiana Writers, selling our books.

ANYWAY, she started up the one step to the gazebo, where the flyers were, and her foot slipped. As I watched, she teetered, trying to regain her balance, went to one knee, pitched over on her back, and down went her head. Even though all this happened, of course, in slow motion, I was moving in slow motion, too. By the time I got to her, she was sitting up, telling me she was all right.

We went about our business, did our grocery shopping, she said nothing hurt, though her head felt a little bumped, but not bad.

On the way home from the grocery, she said, very quietly, “I can see you out of the corner of my eye.”

She had a stroke in 2005, and lost the left field of vision in both eyes. She’s regained a little of it, but not much.

Until she fell and bumped the back of her head yesterday.

No, I don’t consider it a miracle. But I do consider it amazing and very, very happy.

The blog book tour for THE CORNER CAFE CONTINUES at Helen Ginger’s blog, Straight from Hel, with Morgan Mandel, appropriately for my post here, talking about life-altering events.

And I have a post today at Echelon Explorations about my take on Suzanne Collins’ book THE HUNGER GAMES.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Something unexpectedly wonderful comes out of something frightening.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Mom’s Amazing Adventure Continues

  1. Jane

    June 14, 2012 at 8:50am

    I think I saw that on a soap opera last week. The bad guy regained his vision after a life-altering experience (being blind, of course) and has now become a good guy. (He says.)

    I’m glad your mom has simply regained her peripheral vision.

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      Marian Allen

      June 14, 2012 at 8:54am

      Probably not back to normal, but every gain is a gain, as my weight proves. So far, she’s shown no signs of having morphed into an Evil Genius, but I’ll keep a close eye on that.

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  2. Jane

    June 14, 2012 at 8:51am

    P.S. When I fell down the stairs into the basement, I must’ve hit my head on every step Plus some other stuff, because my head was sore ALL OVER!

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      Marian Allen

      June 14, 2012 at 8:55am

      Yeowch! As fragile as the human frame is, it’s astounding how much it can handle. HUGS!

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  3. Patricia Stoltey

    June 14, 2012 at 12:02pm

    Falls are so scary as we get older, but watching our moms fall right in front of us is terrifying. My mother has done that and so far no damage…but no improvement in her eyesight either. You never know.

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      Marian Allen

      June 14, 2012 at 5:03pm

      Patricia, I don’t know what’s scarier: watching her fall or watching a wee kid fall. Her, I think, because kids so often just seem to bounce. Whew!

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  4. Carol Preflatish

    June 14, 2012 at 5:42pm

    You should have taken her to the ER, regardless of how she said she was. When I had mom at the ER last month after she fell, they told us no matter what, when an elderly person falls and hits their head, they must be checked out because there really is no way to tell if they are or aren’t hurt. Remember the actress, Natasha Richardson. She fell skiing and said she was fine, then died hours later. Watch her closely.

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