#AprilPrompts Day 16 – Hospital

This post was a difficult one for me to write. It’s a very condensed version of the last hour I spent with my mother. She passed away on 23rd April 2004.

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Day 16 - Hospital

Day 16 – Hospital

I sat by the bed and held her hand. She writhed in pain in her drug-induced coma; soft moans escaped her dry lips, piercing me through the heart like poison-tipped arrows.

I spoke words of comfort and love, not knowing if she could hear me, but hoping just the same. Wishing my voice would penetrate through the pain so she knew I was there and wasn’t alone; praying she could feel my hand and derive some solace from it.

Her soft moans became agonised cries and I called for a nurse. Responding quickly, the uniformed angel explained the morphine wasn’t enough and a heroin/morphine mix would have to be administered. She bustled away, returning minutes later with a syringe. The contents were injected and the cries ceased.

Fifteen minutes later, her breathing changed, became laboured and I called the nurse again. After one glance, she turned to me, her sad eyes. “I’m sorry, she’s going.”

“Please, call my family?” I asked. She nodded. Somehow I knew they wouldn’t arrive in time.

I sat and cuddled Mum in her hospital room until she stopped breathing.

I felt Dad’s spirit by her bed – he waited for her – and despite my grief, I was glad they were reunited.

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Busy #BlogFlash2012

Hi, today’s prompt on Day 4 is ‘Busy’ so here is my take on it. Hope you like it!

A little word conjures numerous different pictures:

A mother dressing young children

 

 

 

 

 

A husband with hammer and nails

 

 

 

 

 

Children doing their lessons

 

 

 

 

A mechanic fixing a car

 

 

 

 

A hairdresser snipping and combing

 

 

 

 

A child colouring a picture

 

 

 

 

A model posing for a photographer

 

 

 

 

An executive poring over figures

 

 

 

 

 

An editor scrutinising a manuscript

 

 

 

 

A musician practising for a concert

 

 

 

 

An artist painting on canvas

 

 

 

 

A baker extracting fresh bread from an oven

 

 

 

 

A farmer ploughing and sowing

 

 

 

 

A delivery man driving to his next drop

 

 

 

 

 

A florist making a bouquet

 

 

 

 

A writer creating new worlds and characters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you busy?