Thursday, October 20, 2011


One of my mom's handpicked bouquets that she always has around the house.

In my volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House, I see how fast your life can change in a day.

10 days ago my 87 year old mom (who drives a stick shift, goes to Zumba, line dances, plays bridge, volunteers at libraries, enjoys martinins) suffered a major stroke. I have been taking turns, with my dad and siblings, at her bedside at Stanford Hospital ever since. My sister is there for the weekend. I am in LA with my husband and daughter for a little break.

My mom's determination is an inspiration to me. She has amazed the doctors. At this time she has a little speech and a little movement on her right side. The doctors expected none.  She is accepted at a nearby acute rehab center, a boot camp of rehab centers, where she will spend the next 3-4 weeks. 

I will be away from my blog for quite a while...spending a lot of time in California with my lovely mom and equally vibrant dad...who I just taught how to do the wash and how to run the dishwasher! :) And my mom is teaching me... how to stay strong, work hard and not give up!

I hope all is well with you and your families.



  1. I'm sorry to hear about this. I wish your mom a speedy full recovery, and forbearance and strength to you and your family.

  2. Thank you Designing Lady Jane. I hope all is well with you!

  3. She sounds like a wonderful woman. I'm glad you're getting some time with her and I hope she's back to zumba soon. Thinking of youo!

  4. Thank you Nikki...she continues to work really hard.

  5. I'm so sorry to hear that Diane. I hope that she continues to surpass expectations! Take care of yourself my dear! Sending a big hug.