My mom died Sunday... 4 times to be exact. Take pics before it's too late.

I have lots of reasons why I take photos.  Today, I’m sharing one.  My mom.  My mom is my person. My best friend.  Always has been.   Always will. 

 My mom hates being in front of the camera but I don’t let her hide.  I force her in the frame.  I want photos of her.  I want to freeze moments in time to take us back to the fun we have.  My boys need pictures of the love she shows them.   And one day when my mom is no longer with us, all we will have left of her is photos. 

 Never in my wildest dreams, did I think THAT moment of our final goodbye would be earlier this week. 

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Goodbyes are always emotional but we always think we will have a chance for another hello soon.

My mom had knee surgery Friday in Florida that went better than any other surgery my mom has ever had.  She was on cloud 9 with her recovery. 

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Mom goofing around with her ice machine post surgery.

Mom goofing around with her ice machine post surgery.

Then Sunday morning (just two days after surgery) during physical therapy she had trouble breathing and had low blood pressure.  Other symptoms presented themselves that are telling signs of her body shutting down.  She took an ambulance ride to the ER where they discovered multiple blood clots in her lungs.   Within a few hours, my mom coded 4 times.  Yup, her heart stopped 4 times and each time they did chest compressions bringing her back to life. 

That afternoon I received a phone call from a nurse who informed me that my mom would most likely not be alive by the time we arrived from Illinois later that night.  I knew the day of having to learn to live without my mom would come.  But I wasn’t prepared for it to be now. I really was counting on it being at least 15 more years.  I realize we are all getting older and death is inevitable but when I look at my mom, I still see the strong, loving, kind, busy, I-can-do-it-all mom she’s always been.  I don’t see her wrinkles.  I don’t see her slowing body.  I don’t see her aging.   I just see mom, a vibrant woman I admire.  But the hospital staff was very clear she would not survive.

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After processing the news, you know what I did first?  Started looking through pictures. While on my flight from Indy to Orlando, I’m searching through my phone and computer pulling up pictures of my mom.  Photos are all I’ll have left of her.  It broke me to think she’d no longer be a phone call away but I was thankful for the photos.  THIS is why you need to take photos.  THIS is why you need to be in photos with those you love.

And then something miraculous happened.   Less than 24 hours after she died 4 times, she was taken off the ventilator and my mom was talking, cracking jokes and her brain function is 100% intact. 

She is alive!

Not only alive, but expected to make a full recovery. Medically there is no explanation for her recovery.  She will be a story shared among doctors and nurses for a long time to come.   And the rest of us will share her story for years to come to remind the world the love God shows all of His children.  God performs miracles every day and I’m thankful on April 7, 2019 Judy Roberts was one of them.

One day, YOU will be gone.  Please get in the frame with those you love.  I am practicing what I preach cause one day I will be gone too.  Today I took a photo of the loved ones I was with.  What a day to be thankful!

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What a miracle! Less than 48 hours after she coded 4 times, she is surrounded by her brother, sister, and 101 year old mom. Look at all those smiles! So much to be grateful for right now. And that’s not oxygen. She’s breathing on her own but she is back to sporting her CPAP machine. ;-) 100% recovery will be a slow road but she will get there with the help of all her family and friends.

What a miracle! Less than 48 hours after she coded 4 times, she is surrounded by her brother, sister, and 101 year old mom. Look at all those smiles! So much to be grateful for right now. And that’s not oxygen. She’s breathing on her own but she is back to sporting her CPAP machine. ;-) 100% recovery will be a slow road but she will get there with the help of all her family and friends.

In honor of my mom TODAY grab your family or friends and get in the frame.  

Here’s a few of my favorite photos. Early in the morning before caffeine has gotten in our veins, blurry photos or color of photos is off. None of that matters. What I FEEL when I look at these photos is all that matters. When I look at these I smile, I laugh, I feel love and that’s the best feeling in the whole wide world.

Don’t worry about your make-up.  No one cares about the stain on your shirt.  Don’t wait until after you shower.   Just get in the picture.  Take one now! And then share it either here on the blog, or on FB or IG if that’s where you’re seeing this. 

I want to see who brings joy to your life!  Let’s celebrate together.

 

XOXOXO,

Heather