03/18/2011, 11:31 PM
[B]Some of the people here truly have screwed up priorities. [/B]
Many of you need to take a deep breath...after all it is only a phone!
2 years ago, My Mom who will be 88 in a few months, had a heart attack and a stroke, just after knee surgery. ...I am her sole care giver..my sister couldn't be bothered, (shame on her, but that's another story). I do all of the cooking, shopping, laundry, all of my Mom's physical therapy daily, (as well as I have to fit in time to do my own PT)....
3 times in 17 days, that she was in the hospital, they told me she wouldn't make it thru the night and she did..she had to stay in an inpatient rehab unit for 59 days. I was there 14 hours every day, every day,...mind you all of this and I am disabled myself....She then was home for 2 weeks and almost died from a MRSA infection....I found her passed out on her bedroom floor at 3 am, the treatment made her almost catatonic...and again they thought she was dying!
I chose to do this, b/c that is what you do for people that you love....I'm doing it as an example for my nephews...I'm doing it b/c both times when I had my spinal surgeries., my parents took care of me...I was in a body cast for over 7 months the second time., (after the 1st surgery I was so weak, I couldn't pick my dinner plate more than an inch off the table.......(I was 35 & 44, (imagine at those ages, I needed my parents to help me manage to go to the bathroom...there were days, I wanted to die, b/c they pain was so bad...but you learn to cope with it....)).
My Mom is great about it all, she still has her mind, her friends, and as she says so what if I have to wear depends....
I still cannot contact my friends in Japan....it is the anniversary of the death of my wonderful dad who I miss so, as well as what would have been his 92nd b'day....and the anniversary of the murder of one of my dearest friends...My g/f's parents who live 300 miles from here...Her mom has cancer and is undergoing treatment and her Dad just had a heart attack and diagnosed with several blockages and had severely stents inserted....
Mom has been hospitalized 14 times in the last 17 years and had 9 surgeries...I was also caregiver to my dad when he was dying of cancer....
WITH ALL OF THIS GOING ON IN MY LIFE, I MARVEL AT THE FACT PEOPLE ARE CARRYING ON OVER A SMARTPHONE THAT ISN'T YET FOR SALE.
Now that I got that off my chest, (there is no guilt like Jewish guilt, trust me I know, after all we invented guilt)!