Sunday, November 30, 2008

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving has two qualities for me, a combination of contemplation and Americana that makes it one of my favorite days of the year.

The act of giving thanks makes us count our blessings and truly and actively consider them, and not necessarily in a religious context, although for me that’s a major component of it.

This Thanksgiving turned out very different than expected, but I am still very thankful.

We were all set to have the family come celebrate Thanksgiving together at our house, but on Monday I ended up having to take Season to the hospital's emergency room as she was having some neurological issues that demanded attention.

Luckily we were assigned a very competent and compassionate doctor. Unfortunately the doctor felt that Season was exhibiting symptoms of multiple sclerosis so she was going to have to be admitted to the hospital to undergo tests and begin treatment as soon as possible.

Since that moment we have been very concerned about what the future holds in store for us, but I have faith in Season's strength and tenacity to fight this disease and that we can get through what ever happens next together.

Season ended up having to stay in the hospital until Friday afternoon. That meant that we couldn't have Thanksgiving at home as we had originally planned so instead we all gathered in Season's room and had Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of the hospital cafeteria.

Not exactly the feast I had looked forward to, but the important thing was that we were all together and I felt very fortunate to be able to spend that day with the people I love most.

Season is at back home now and the neurological problems seem to have gone away. She still feels a little dizzy now and then, but hopefully once the doctor can pinpoint which subtype of MS she has he can begin to treat it in earnest and that will clear up too.

I was going to go through a list of things that I am thankful for, but I think I'll just mention...

I am very thankful that Season was able to get such great medical care and that the whole family was able to come together to give her support and show her how much she is loved.

I feel so blessed and thankful to have such a wonderful woman as my partner. She fills my every waking moment with joy and happiness. She is my heart. She is my calming spirit. I love her so much.

I don't know how I got so lucky, but I am most thankful that Season has graced my life with her presence.

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you at least took a moment to count your blessings. You never know when everything you took for granted can change.

10 Comments:

Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

have ambiguous feelings about Thanksgiving. We really did screw over the Native American population, didn’t we?

28/11/08 06:29  
Blogger Digital Fortress said...

I can't see anything wrong with a day of giving thanks...either in a religious or secular way...I believe it is always good to take a moment and reflect on everything you should be grateful for.

Although I can't calim that my father's ancestors were responsible for screwing over any natives in America, they certainly contributed to the downfall of the Taíno native peoples which were my mother's ancestors.

Native people got the shaft everywhere.

I'll update this post soon...

29/11/08 01:49  
Anonymous fidelio said...

My descendants were not involved in scewing over the Native Americans either, but it seems like there has always been a dominant people that conquer a more primitive people...so somewhere in my ancestry natives probably got a raw deal. At least in America they didn't practice complete genocide and attempted to take care of them after a fashion. It can't ever be good to be the among the conquered though.

Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.

I'll come back and read your update.

30/11/08 18:10  
Anonymous Sharp As A Marble said...

I am so sorry to hear about Season's condition. She will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Glad you all were able to be together and count your blessings this Thanksgiving.

1/12/08 08:11  
Anonymous fidelio said...

That is terrible. Saying I'm sorry just doesn't seem like enough. Season will be in my daily thoughts and prayers.

Although there isn't currently a cure for MS, if there is anyone who can beat that disease it is her.

Stay strong brother!

1/12/08 09:16  
Blogger country roads said...

Hope she's doing better and things will only get better :-)

1/12/08 09:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope she gets better soon. Even though it is an incurable disease at this time that don't give up hope. Good luck.

1/12/08 17:33  
OpenID popomaticjeff said...

Best of luck to you and your family during this experience.

2/12/08 08:04  
Blogger Terry said...

WOW!! I dont know what to say..

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

5/12/08 17:47  
Blogger Digital Fortress said...

Thanks to everybody for your kind comments. I certainly appreciate it. We are hoping and praying for the best.

5/12/08 23:43  

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