Four months of unabated hardship. (woe is me)
There have been silver linings;
moments of sweetness but only because we have truly sought them. If I look back, in wordly terms, we have had a pretty kak time.
At every turn worst case scenario has bitten us. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard a doctor say these words in the last few months; in a variety of contexts :
"Unfortunately this can happen, it's unusual but it can happen. I am so sorry."
I have long ago given up asking the infuriating WHY question. All this did was make me angry, bitter, confused and ultimately completely unsatisfied. I have simply had to settle for the HOW.
How do I get up today?
How do I make it through this hour?
How do I know if this pain will ever stop?
How do I make sure I survive and am enough to take care of the emotional needs of my kids?
How do I tackle the horrors of admin, banks, lawyers, home affairs and SARS in the face of death?
How do I care for myself, my man and my kids?
How do I reconcile my future to what I have known in the past?
How do I make it through the night listening to his laboured breathing without screaming in anguish?
How do I live another day with the knowledge that my person is leaving me?
How do I deal with the fact that grieving is already a daily occurrence and yet there is still so much more to come?
I have seen so much in the last four months. Scripture, inspirational quotes, learned people, youtube clips, testimonies, books.... so much has found its way into my orbit but ultimately the answer to life is not very complicated. In fact it is very, very simple.
Life is hard. Accept that you have no control. Surrender. Now go get on with it.