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.
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.