Thursday, 14 May 2009

Life Work The Universe......Mum

Thought you'd like to share some good news.

My mother had a major stroke last September. This not only left her paralysed from the waist down but also effected her state of mind.

When I saw her in hospital there was no recognistion at all, she thought I was the doctor. Believe me, one of the hardest things you have to face in your life as a son is when your mother doesn't know who you are.

Within a couple of days she regained a degree of her mental faculties but still belived I was her brother. When I eventually returned to work, I had to make sure my colleagues knew that if anyone (carer, doctor etc) called and asked for someone by another name, it would probably be for me.

......Out of the blue I received a call at home this afternoon. It was mum. She was phoning to ask how I, Mark, was and to let me know she loved me.

I'm not too proud to say I held it together only for the length of the call.

I can now close the door on what has been a dark room for the best part of the last year.



  1. I am truly happy for you. I recently had my own little scare with my own mother and it was likely the most terrifying moment of my life. Not to draw comparisons, but I recall spending an entire day at work trying to find out some good solid information on her condition after receiving an email from, of all all people, her boss.

    Hopefully this will mean many more happy years for you and your mom.

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing.


  2. Dude.... This leaves me speechless....

    The everyday miracles are always the best...


  3. That is great news Mark, simply great news.


  4. Thanks guys! No worries about drawing comparisons Eli, I know exactly what you went through. My sister dropped the news of mums stroke on my like an emotional hand grenade - all death and despair but no solid news or facts. Even kept from me which hospital mum had been taken to. Needless to say there's a rift that still needs to be healed.

    Thanks again