Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Miracles do happen, whether you believe in them or not.
Elisabeth George
17 months ago my mother suffered a major stroke.
She was admitted to hospital twice. Had they bothered to take some tests the first time she might have avoided the second one,causing quadriplegia.Luckily mother mother is of strong will and good genes.
She stayed with us for four months, slowly regaining her speech and ability to walk.
At first she had to sit in an armpit chair, being spoon fed and drink water with thickener in it.
She has but 7 years of schooling, but super quality of such. Even in hospital when the nurses came to see to her, she sat with paper and pencil and asked them triumphantly if they were able to calculate the area of a pentagon.
They couldn't, of course. Young people in nursing jobs rarely have a talent for mathematics.
Maybe because of that, and also because I had to talk my mom's cause in the local newspaper,(lack of proper stroke treatment)she later received properly trained- with the inestimable help of Gunnar-, leading her three times a day.

Here my mother is about to beat me in Chinese Checkers less than two month after her stroke.
Why do I remember just now?
I have not played CC since my mother moved to live in her own home.
Recently I played with my cousin and my daughter, and I beat them both, easily.
I cannot remember last time I was able to win over my mother.
Now she's keeping her garden as always and reading short stories to fellow elderly at meetings.

How I wish doctors and nurses began to believe in what they see, and turn their eyes away from the ungodly mammon.


Eaton Bennett aka Berenice Albrecht said...

Dear Felisol, miracles do happen. Some quiet and some incredible. God Bless your mom. :)

Crown of Beauty said...

What a great story of courage, dear Felisol. Miracles indeed happen, straight from heaven.

But there are other miracles that come from a fierce determination to move on after a tragedy -- I am sure your mom's recovery is a mixture of both kinds of miracles.

Jada's Gigi said...

What a beautiful story, Felisol! Miracles, indeed!

Amrita said...

Kudos and applause to the walking - talking miracle lady.

I admire her strong spirit, determination and courage. I want to be like her if I ever have to battle a situation like this, honestly.

Her intellect and artistic talents are also admirable.

And Felisol, the credit goes to you and Gunnar for taking care of her so tenderly, even if you had to address the issues in the newspaper.

You stood by her that 's why she recovered so nicely.
I wouldn 't dare play CC with mother.

John Cowart said...

A beautiful tribute to your mother. And your photo of her with the roses in the background is a treasure.

Trish said...

Felisol...what a beautiful story of strength and determination! I am a BIG believer of miracles...we just need to open our eyes for they surround us! And the picture of your Mom and the roses...gorgeous!

maryt/theteach said...

Yes, God bless your Mom and it's wonderful she has regained her health! Felisol, I have an award for you at my blog, Work of the Poet... :)

Mrs. Mac said...

I am so glad of the outcome for your dear mother (and you and Gunner). You have been such good advocates for her .. and yes, miracles do happen.

Terry said...

dear felisol..she has become dear to my heart that mother of yours..
you know what? dad golden would always beat us at checkers and scrabble...he would never let us win!
with his few years of public school, he was one genius.
he had to quit school early so that he could work as a grocery delivery boy on a bike,
he supported his ill father and his mom and twelve brothers and sisters.
whenever dad golden started to whistle softly, as we were playing checkers with him, we knew that he was coming in for the kill and that soon we would be beaten in the game!
now why would he never let us win my feilsol?....not a pretty sight indeed!

give mom ljung a hug from me....love terry
thank you for your prayers...i am beginning to see a little dry land at last from the troubled waters.

Anonymous said...

Crown of Beauty's blogroll brought me here, and I'm so glad. Your story about your mother's miracle and victorious walk is wonderful. She is, undoubtedly, a very determined woman. You both have much to be thankful for. Beautiful pictures, BTW.

Debbie Petras said...

Felisol, what a wonderful mother you have! I'm so glad to read of this miracle. I am a nurse who DOES believe in the power of prayer. I know many nurses who do also but of course, many do not. God gets the glory though in this example; not man. Keep playing those CC with her. It keeps her sharp.

By the way, I always love to read your comments on Heart Choices. I appreciate your honesty in sharing. I love a good discussion any time, especially with someone like you.

Love you,

Saija said...

i am so glad to see your mom doing so well!!! isn't the Lord good? :o) and she is blessed to have children (like her feisty daughter) who care and fight for them ... may the Lord bless you!

Jim said...

God Bless your Mother! She is doing remarkably well. Never, never, underestimate the power that comes from God, just keep praying.

These are pretty RED's today too. I like the machine besides the board, does it make coffee?
I haven't played Chinese checkers sicne a long time, but I could get back to playing real fast.
Even if I don't know the area of a pentagon. I would do it the hard way, figure the areas of the triangles and then the rectangle and add them all up. That way I could do it.

Happy RT, I missed you on the sign-in Mr. Linky.

Raven said...

I love miracles. Brava to your Mom! Being surrounded by your love and encouragement and your faith I'm sure had great power as well as a source of healing.