Ponderings From The Hospital Waiting Room

Real Estate Agent with ProStead Realty

Carie Shapiro has written a beautiful post about our years and how fast they fly.  We need to enjoy every moment and not take anyone for granted for in a second the situation can change.  Carie has a very wise mother and has instilled many positives into Carie.  Please stop by and share your well wishes with her and her mother.  Thank you for this very touching post.

Original content by Carie Shapiro

HospitalIt’s 7:32 a.m., and after a quick hug and kiss, I wink to my mother as she's taken into the operating room.  Thankfully, my mom’s condition is not life threatening, and although her surgery has potential risks involved, I’m confident she will come through with 'flying colors.'  My mom is a tough cookie she takes after her daughter.  That said, my mother is at a point in her life where the onset of age-related health problems has become all-too-commonplace.  This morning's procedure is just the latest in a series of health issues we've had to deal with over the past few years.  Yet, I can’t help but wonder – when did I become old enough to have an aging, elderly parent with increasing daily needs and progressive health problems?  I remember being 16-years-old like it was yesterday.

If life has taught me one important lesson, it’s this:  Things can always be worse.  After walking briskly down the hall to check-in with the waiting room staff, I notice that I have plenty of company.  Friends and family joined together – complete strangers waiting patiently in one giant room.  While seated in the waiting room, I meet a woman whose daughter was taken into surgery at approximately the same time as my mom.  The daughter and two friends were visiting downtown Chicago, when the car in which they were driving was hit by a speeding taxi running a red light.  The daughter’s neck was broken.  Sadly, what was supposed to be a fun trip to the Big City turned into a frightening event leading to delicate neurosurgery.  Talk about life changing events – the type of life changing events which literally happen in the blink of an eye.  My new waiting room friend and I exchange words and prayers to comfort each other.  Meanwhile, we keep each other company throughout the stressful hours ahead.

After what seems like an eternity, I see my mother's surgeon emerge from the operating room area.  She notices me immediately – then proceeds to walk towards me.  I take a deep breath.  At first, I start to feel a bit uneasy and increasingly anxious.  Then, I quickly recall what my mother is constantly telling me especially during my most difficult moments.  Think positive.  Always think positive.  And with that, I suddenly know in my heart that everything is going to be okay. 

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Comments (6)

Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Great choice for a re-post. Life is short we have to learn to enjoy our moments.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 23, 2013 11:18 AM
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Good evening Lou, Carie's post was so touching and I thought her words were so inspiring.  Thanks for your kind comments.

Apr 23, 2013 12:09 PM
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL


Thank you so much for your comment on my post -- and for the reblog.

I'm glad you enjoyed reading it -- and your kind words really meant a lot to me :)

Apr 23, 2013 12:33 PM
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

I am ff to comment on beer blg...but voy did I learn this lesson last year...with both Frank and I experiencing broken legs....thanks for the reblog!!

Apr 23, 2013 01:11 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

I was just talking to my granddaughter and telling her I wanted to see her boys this Saturday. I sure do miss them and I love them so much. They grow up too quickly and then they don't want to hang with the old people any more. So time does go by quickly!

Apr 23, 2013 01:26 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Great one to re-blog. The post is a perfect read for me, at this time. I have an amazing mortgage practice, putting in crazy hours. Am taking the weekend to plant flowers and reconnect with the earth.

Apr 23, 2013 06:44 PM