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Joy: From the Ground Up

On Thin Ice March 8, 2014

Stunned disbelief. That’s what’s going on in the Schmidt home tonight. And it’s not the good kind.

Mom slipped on some ice in the driveway of my forever home today. I watched in horror from my lead in the backyard as she fell down hard like she used to before she got her leg fixed. Except this was her other leg. This was the leg she has relied on the last two years to keep her strong and stable while the other knee went through the ringer. This was the leg that got her through the terrible surgery to reconstruct the ACL, MCL and meniscus of her other leg. Feeling Blue

And now it seems the worst may have happened. When she described the incident to dad, she said her leg bent the wrong way and she heard a funny popping sound before it buckled underneath her. I’ve never experienced such a thing, but I know what it was like for mom the last time she did, and I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. Let alone on my beloved forever mom.

I don’t know what to do for her. She hasn’t stopped crying all night. She seems so afraid. Afraid to walk. Afraid to fall down. Afraid to walk or fall down while holding baby Carter. She couldn’t bathe him like always tonight, or put him to bed. She couldn’t sway with him in the hallway as he cried. And it is breaking my heart.

All I can do is hope. Hope that it’s not as bad as she thinks. Hope that when the pain goes away, the knee will somehow stabilize itself again. Because emotions are on thin ice around here right now and I feel helpless. At least I have hope. Sometimes that’s all you need.


37 Responses to “On Thin Ice”

  1. Quan Says:

    Sorry to hear. Keep hope alive!!

  2. I hope your mom feels better soon, Wiley.

  3. huntmode Says:

    Hello Wyles. First things first, as silly as it sounds, breathe, Wyles. Have your lovely Mom breathe. I’m willing to bet your Dad has been breathing for everybody. This is one of those things where a few days generally have to pass while the body and the doctors assess the real damage that may or may not have taken place. In feverishly looking for the silver lining, I may have caught a glimpse of it. This may delay your Mom returning to work, which is both a good and hard thing to deal with. I know she wanted with all her heart to find a way to stay home with Carter and you… Sending prayers for rapid healing and no permanent damage. Bad ice! Very bad ice! xxoo HuntMode & Family

    • Breathing is definitely easier for me than it has been for mom in the last 24 hours. She’s still crying more than I am comfortable with, and talking gibberish about how she should have just stayed home. I do hope you’re right about it working itself out….with rest should come healing. Prayers and all positive thoughts are definitely welcomed right now!
      Lots of love,

  4. Lyn Says:

    Oh Wiles, I am so sorry this has happened to your poor Mom. I do hope she will be okay and that there is no permanent damage. Praying that your Mom’s pain will ease and that she can get some sleep. Praying also that the doctor will give a good report, and that there is no permanent damage or need for further surgery. Much love to you all, Lyn and Cally xx

  5. JackieP Says:

    Hope all goes well with your forever mom Wiley! big hugs all around!

  6. Sounds horrid – do hope it isn’t serious 😦

  7. kiwiskan Says:

    I pray that it won’t be as bad as it seems. Love to you all

  8. askfisher Says:

    Oh no! We are so sorry to hear this news. Keep up with your hopes and positive energy, Wiley – it will heal a lot. The three kitties here are sending some loud purrs for a speedy recovery.

  9. I hope with you, brother. And I wish the pain goes away and the fear.

  10. OMGoodness, Wiley! How scary. I HATE ICE!! Ugh. I hope your mom gets better and doesn’t have to get this knee fixed. I want it to fix itself. She is smart to rest it. Keep us posted. Mom and I will say prayers for her.

    Love and licks,

    • Your thoughts and love are greatly appreciated, dear Cupcake and mom. You know what it’s like to go through such things, so it means a lot!
      Lots of love,

  11. utesmile Says:

    I am so sad to hear this and I do hope wiht all my heart it is not anything serious. Your mum is in my prayers, to get better very quickly! Many hugs for her!

  12. pugmantis Says:

    My mama damaged her knees before I came along, Wiley, and she tells me it will all be okay for your mama. Just give her lots of cuddles and love. We’ll be sending healing thoughts your way!

    Lola Pug

    • Hello friend!
      Thank you for sharing positive words – I know it’s true and yet it seems she has the worst in her mind right now. I will do what I can to get her back on the right path…stories like yours definitely help!
      Lots of love,

  13. Sandy Says:

    I hope your mom is okay also. How scary for her and for all of you. It must be hard to hear your Mom crying – just know that we are all thinking healing thoughts for her. I think your steady presence and concern will help while she is feeling bad. take care Wiley and take care of your Mom too.

    • It is indeed scary, and very challenging for me when she cries. I wish there would be more I can do…but I do take a bit of solace from the peace she seems to have from my snuggles. And so I snuggle on…

  14. Oh so sorry to hear this, Wiley. Hoping Mom recovers soon.

  15. pawedblog Says:

    oh Wiley! I’m so sorry to hear this, we all have our paws crossed over here that Mum gets better really quickly. You can do stuff to help your mu, and you are; just by being there and keeping everything calm. Stay strong little fella!
    Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

    • I sincerely appreciate the crossed paws, dear friends. Especially since I can’t cross mine – I don’t want to expose mom to a moment of doubt. Everything will be okay, even if it’s hard for her to believe right now.
      Lots of love,

  16. So sorry Wiley that your forever Mom is injured. Holding you, baby Carter, Mom and Dad in our hearts.

  17. drradha Says:

    i hope you are doing OK. I know how painful MCL can be, i ‘ve had it and been in a cast for 4 weeks! Drove around to work with the darn cast! All the very best and hope its not too serious.

  18. Well, this is just a terrible story. I hope that things are better now. It is not a fun thing to have a Mom Person hurting. Whatever kind of hurt. I’m thinking about you all Wiles.

  19. Basil Says:

    Sending mum a hug!!

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