A New Perspective

This summer, our family was thrown a serious curve ball. Our plans for family outings, day trips and the like were brought to a grinding halt one evening when my wife began to complain of abdominal pain. A reluctant trip to emergency resulted in a week long stay in hospital, numerous tests and a gall bladder (removal) operation.

Juggling my work schedule, three kids and daily visits to St Boniface was difficult, but manageable thanks to understanding clients and Shirley’s mom who came up from New York for 10 days to help.

But it didn’t end there.  Nearly a week (to the day) after being discharged, my wife was admitted again. This time for a tedious three weeks. My parents in Calgary agreed to take our kids while I tried to manage my work schedule and frequent trips to hospital. I will save any discussion about the state of the healthcare system for another post. Needless to say, our frustration rose to continually higher levels.

But this summer can’t really be written off as all for naught. Sure, it was difficult, but I certainly gained a new perspective, and reminded me of what’s important in this life. I found the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder” certainly true regarding my wife and children.