A Not-So-Good Phonecall

My sister called me late last night with not-so-great news: my Mom was hospitalized yesterday.

Apparently she had a pap smear last week and since has been bleeding, not heavily but constantly, and yesterday her OBGYN decided to admit her to both keep her under observation and do a couple of tests. She’s had a sonogram done already (results in by Friday) and she’ll have some other procedure done tomorrow Friday to get a better sample and idea of what’s going on.

I’m trying to remain positive and think good thoughts. I spoke with her this morning and she does sound fine, which eased me a bit, but I can’t help be wary at the back of my mind. I can’t help but have weird flashbacks to 1993 when I got a call not so different to this one telling me my Dad had been hospitalized after a routine check-up, and he ended up dying 5 days later. My gut instinct back then was to fly to Miami, but I was 19, and had not yet learned to listen to that inner voice all the time. The voice hasn’t spoken now yet, but I already know which credit card I will use if I hear even a peep from it.

She was also supposed to fly to Orlando on Monday, to spend a month over with my sister and me, so we’ll see what happens with that.


  1. I’m sorry to hear that you got troubling news. Sounds like it might be a reaction of some sort to the pap smear. I think you might want to just relax until you hear more tomorrow.


  2. I spoke to her this morning and she’s doing fine. She is going in for some exploratory surgery to see what’s going on. G-d willing, all will be fine by this afternoon.


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