Lessons from my Mom’s Amputation

This week’s blog is a bit more personal, just because it is what I am experiencing right now. My mom is having her leg amputated.  That is a big deal.  Fortunately, I am here with her and I will be able to see her through the surgery and rehab. But as I have spent more time with her in the days leading up to the loss of her leg, I know with great certainty that she will come through this surgery fine because she possesses several key assets.happy_sun

1. Positive Attitude – my mother has always been a ‘glass half full person.’  She will often comment on the blessings of a sunny day, warm cup of coffee, hummingbirds at the feeder, a roof over her head, and a phone that rings with calls from loved ones.  Things that some of us take for granted, she treasures. Mom is a genuinely positive person and that grateful outlook is going to serve her well as she will undoubtedly face some interesting challenges in the weeks and months to come.

2. Friends and a Support Network – Over the course of my mom’s life, she has invested in her friendships. She takes the time to make calls and send cards. With each friend, she celebrates the joys and mourns the losses.  Being a good friend isn’t always easy, but it has always been a priority for Mom. She has friendships that have lasted over 60 years and since we found out about this latest surgery, her phone has been ringing off the wall. She has worked hard to cultivate these relationships.  She has given away so much love and support and now it is coming back to her tenfold.

3. Sense of Humor – We laugh a lot in my family. Last week in the hospital, one of her more serious doctors came in to convey the very serious news that, despite reviewing all possible alternatives, we were going to have to amputate. My mother immediately responded with “well, at least I will get half-off on my pedicures.”  The doctor was truly speechless so we launched into a whole series of amputation jokes – “you are so lucky that you will only have to shave one leg.” “Should you change your name to Eileen?” “No more of that ugly bunion!”  And on and on… Approaching life’s hiccups with a sense of humor and laughter always seems to lighten the load.

As we approach this huge event in my mom’s life that will truly change everything, I know that she will be fine. She has the right attitude, an amazing support group and a wonderful sense of humor.  If we could all be so lucky to possess those traits in our trials, we would surely be a leg up.  Ha, ha!




3 Responses to Lessons from my Mom’s Amputation

  1. Sam says:

    LOVE your mom!!! I knew you got your humor from a good source. Wishing her all the best. Hugs to you and the family.


  2. Curt Klyn says:

    Godspeed to your mom, KR

  3. Joyce Pingel says:

    Beautifully written Kristin. Thank you for being a rock of support for your mom. She will need you even more in the weeks to come as her superwoman wings take on rain. I am confident she will be up and flying in no time. I see where you get your passion and spirit. Your Mom is a true inspiration. Joyce

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