I apologize in advance for yet another sad post from me.
One of my best friends had a massive heart attack last night. She is currently in a coma with what the doctors suspect is brain damage from a lack of oxygen to her brain.
Rena is part of a group of 5 of us that all used to work as gifted resource teachers at different middle schools in a local school system. We became fast friends about 15 years ago, and even though we have all gone to different jobs, we have remained closer than close. We travel together at least 3 times a year. These ladies are my closest friends. Rena's son was married in September and we were all seated as "family".
The doctors are not optimistic. They have tried to wake her up but there is no response. She is on a ventilator and is now in a medically induced coma while she is in therapeutic hyporthermia. Lowering her body temp will hep minimize any brain damage. They will warm her back up tomorrow and try to wake her up again.
We spent the day in the ICU waiting room with her family. Her husband made sure we were allowed in to see her. I thought I would be prepared because of seeing my Dad in a coma all those weeks, but it is different when it is your good friend.
We were all together on the 21st at her house. She cooked for us and we played cards for hours.
This whole thing is just surreal.
I just said to myself that things were looking up. My aunt and uncle are down with Mom and she is going home with them on Tuesday. The moving company is coming on Friday. I was thinking that things were finally going to settle down...and then I got the call this morning.
There are 2 more days left in 2013. I am seriously considering telling everyone I love and care for to stay in the house for the next two days.
Take care everyone.