This is the story of when my mother was sent into emergency surgery for a brain aneurysm. The story focuses on how my family supported each other and coped with the emotional time of waiting to see if she survived. It ends with us celebrating her survival in her hospital room, and beginning the long 1-year journey to her full recovery.
The Waiting Game
I know this is difficult, but you need to eat, Megan. Let's go to the cafe and wait there. Your dad will call us with any updates.
I'm not hungry Aunt Nene. I'll get a coffee, but I don't think I can stomach food right now.
8 hours into surgery...
Aunt Nene, I'm just not hungry. We haven't had an update in hours. What if something goes wrong, and I'm not there because I am eating.
Try to think positive and eat something, please. They said the surgery can take up to twelve hours so no news is good news. Just take a few bites of fruit at least.
2 hours later...
Thank you, Dr. Merkow for saving my wife.
The surgery went well with no complications at this time. She has a long recovery ahead of her, but she is doing better than expected. You can all see her shortly, but she will most likely be asleep through the night.
Ok, Dad. I love you Mom.
Come on kids, let's go home. I love you Sis, see you soon.
Go home and get some sleep. I am going to stay the night with her. I will call i if anything happens.
I'll be back first thing in the morning, Dad. I love you Mom.
You still have a long recovery. So don't go getting cocky.