I've been away for what seems a very long time though I know it hasn't been. My husband has been in two different hospitals and all that goes with it. I feared a couple of times that he might be dying. It was a sobering period. Pneumonia in both lungs, malnutrition, dehydration and the infectious disease all came into play at the same time; the perfect storm. You lose your sense of real time, don't know what day it is. This is how rattled I got. I had driven to the barn to lock up the animals, and I usually stick my cell phone in my bra for a pocket. When I got back to the house, I started frantically searching for it as I talked to my son, then finally figured out I had it up to my ear. We'll discuss more about that later, but my husband did get the feeding tube while there and it is so easy, I wonder why he didn't do it sooner (but I know the answer to that.)
During those dark and crazy days, I'd come home in the evening to feed the animals. This Great Heron has taken a fancy to me and comes to the nightly feeding frenzy of fish, turtles and such. He's fearless now; comes not for the smorgasbord, but to dine on the little fishes that are waiting for me. This brazen, ungainly fellow belly flops down suddenly into the water and comes up with a fish in his beak then struts around with it before deciding to swallow the poor little fry.
The moon on the pond (notice the inquisitive little turtle head poking out of the water) was the early blood moon later on that night. It was nice to see that all was well and as it should be.
We closed on the new city house the next day after my husband made them release him from the hospital. Plan B was to sign at the hospital. Oh those poor nurses and doctors. The worst, hard-headed, terrible, awful and stubborn patient on the planet has become a darling once again. Happy as a lark even though he may never be able to eat or drink again. Can you imagine? Our lives will change. I went out and bought frozen tv dinners so I won't be eating in front of him. We'll figure it out.
It is a beautiful day.