On Friday I got a call from my brother saying my sister was in hospital. That was around noon time. By late afternoon I found out that I should be coming to the hospital and the family needed to gather round.
Now, maybe two days later, I'm having a hard time keeping track, she has defied odds and is still with us and making very small progress. She is in in critical care at a big hospital in her home city. We don't know what this is or what caused it. Don't even know if it is viral or bacterial. She is intubated and has many many lines running into her and is being monitored if every possible way.
This came out of the blue, she hadn't been badly ill leading up to this, just complaining of a bit of flu-like gastro flu like symptoms a few days before, but nothing very serious. Both flu and covid have been tested for and are negative.
I am not a religious person, but I believe in energy. I talked to her and told her how strong she is and also just talked to her and joked around with her like we normally would if we were talking on the phone to each other. I know some of you are religious and any healing thoughts, vibes, or prayers are welcome.
My sister's name is Jade, she is five years older than me and the mother to two young adult daughters. She is artistic, loves to paint, create, design, she loves animals of all sorts and I featured her artwork on my blog a couple of years ago, showing the paintings she was doing as a business of people's pets. Jade's heart is incredibly big, she is always thinking of what she can do to make things nice for other people and goes beyond what she should for family and friends. She has a little grey cat named Finn who is missing her very much.
This is surreal for me and the shock at how quickly something truly horrible and impossible can happen has left me stunned. I am back home with my husband for now, to re-energize, but as a family (myself, my two brothers, my nieces, my sister's good friend) are in constant contact and her eldest daughter is a fellow (one step from being a doctor) and so her insight and her explanations for us as to what is happening is incredible.
I don't know why I'm blogging, I probably shouldn't even be taking the time to do this, but sometimes I feel like my blogging family are my other distant relatives and that somehow you should know about this.
Call your loved ones. Hug your partners. Pet your cat.