Expect the Unexpected.

This weekend, we were looking forward to spending some low-key quality time with my sister-in-law, who was braving the freezing weather to visit us. It was early Saturday morning, and I expected any minute I’d hear from her to say she had started the five-hour drive this way.

But the phone rang with different news.

A very close family member had a very close call, and my entire family was at the hospital.

Time stopped.

No one was exactly sure what was happening or what would next. The HcQ was at the gym, his sister was on her way, we were hours away from the emergency room, and everything had just changed with one phone call. I immediately started packing.

Thirty minutes later, we were on the road. However, because there was talk of a life-flight city change, we didn’t know exactly where we were going. My brother was calling every 30 minutes with updates. I was scared, the HcQ was safely driving like Andretti, and the Hurricane was blissfully asleep in the back. We connected with my wonderful sister-in-law to cancel the visit, and she went online for us to find the closest hotel to the new hospital. We heard updates of potentials. Potential surgeries, potential causes, potential outcomes. But no one really knew.

When we arrived, my mom (who is beyond amazing in any crisis), my brother and SIL, and the Cambridgians (who happened to be in town), updated us on everything that had gone down. They were all shaken (from witnessing a couple of code blues) but hopeful. And throughout the next few hours, thankfully, the hope turned into relief.

We’re still not exactly sure about the specifics that got us here. And we’re still not out of the woods. But things are better. Much better.

So last night, I was thinking about how I’m always extremely surprised when I land in an unexpected place. An entirely new place. A place I couldn’t really have understood or appreciated before. Because even if I can comprehend the idea of it or the potential for it, I can never really know what it will be like to experience it, to live it, to feel it.

And it’s amazing to think, especially on a day like today, how so very often it can take years for our perspectives to change. And then sometimes it happens in an instant.

Things do not change; we change. ~Henry David Thoreau
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18 Responses to Expect the Unexpected.

  1. Kristen says:

    Oh my. I hope everything is okay. Your family will be in my thoughts.

  2. Elizabeth H. says:

    I will be thinking of you.

  3. Super Zoe says:

    I love and will continue to pray for my mayoral campaign manager! Please pass it along and I hope to visit this week. Have them call if they want or need ANYTHING!

  4. lildb says:

    yeah. wow.I guess this is what fear is legitimately supported by; upheaval like the kind you've just experienced, and the dread of it resulting in loss we can not emotionally sustain.I'm so glad to hear things are not as bleak as they could be.so glad.

  5. Jill says:

    How awful. I hope things continue to look up.

  6. mark says:

    Glad that things improved. Will be thinking of you.

  7. Jenn says:

    It is amazing how perspective can change instantly…you put that moment into words perfectly. I hope all is well with you and yours.

  8. Julie Pippert says:

    It can be a little surreal, that feeling, I think. I hope the relief continues and all improves.

  9. Sandra says:

    Wow. I am so sorry to hear about your family member. I hope things improve even more soon.I am humbled by your clarity in the face of this crisis and your insightful post. Everything can change in just one moment.

  10. Law Boy says:

    I was very, very glad when SZ told me that things are better. I will keep your family in my prayers, GcQ. I recently had a scare with a close family member, and it very much served to change my perspective on that which is really important (or should be important) to us all.

  11. Robyn says:

    My prayers for your family. Your sister-in-law sounds awesome.

  12. Bek says:

    Wow…that is so scary. I am sorry about this but am glad that thing are a little better.Prayers and hugs to the extended ConQueso family…..

  13. luckyzmom says:

    Wishing you courage, comfort and calm.

  14. Bones says:

    I had two days day like this, not so long ago. One of the days I played the family member learning the news, and the other day I played the person who had the close call. Neither role is good, and neither situation finished exactly, hm, well, but they both made me very thankful for every day. Hang in there GCQ.

  15. Super Zoe says:

    No work tomorrow! Am thinking I will brave the ice and trek to see my good friends, PcQ!!We shall see, though…we shall see!

  16. Lady M says:

    What a stressful day! I hope that tomorrow brings rest and recovery.

  17. laurie says:

    oh GcQ i'm so sorry to hear about your family's scare. i hope everything is on the road to improvement now, and while i applaud your appreciation of a new perspective on life, i'm so sorry for you that something had to rattle that way.family con queso is in my thoughts.

  18. mommiebear2 says:

    I hope that everything is ok sweetie!

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