Quote of the Day

9.19.2008

socks


I spent the day at an English Department retreat which was focused on communication; we were asked to reflect on a challenging experience in which communication, or the lack thereof, played a part. Then, naturally, we were asked to write for awhile. Here is what I wrote:

While loading Dad for Life Flight I noticed his feet sticking out of the bear-hugger device used to stabilize his body temp.
"Is the helicopter cold?" I ask.
"Yes."
"He needs socks - his feet are always cold."
Blank stares.
"Can't we get some socks?"
Socks are fetched and I start to put them on. Seven to eight paramedics and nurses watch. I get one sock on. I pull a bit of ivy out from between his toes. I am clumsy as I put them on as Dad doesn't point his toes to help me. I get the second sock on and pat his toes. "There, his feet won't be cold."
They are all gazing at me.

Then I realize what they all realized at the start. What they had been not saying while the socks were fetched, while they had watched me fumble with putting the socks on. What I was still trying to not know. He's paralyzed. It doesn't matter if his feet are cold. He'll never feel his cold feet again.
~Suzanne


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8 comments:

Don Holmes said...

Thanks for caring about my feet even if I DON'T feel it.

Had a good day with the kids. They are both sinners but they are both wonderful to us.

Look forward to Sunday.

Hi to Jamie.

DAD

Suzanne said...

You are so very welcome Dad.

kate said...

Oh, Suz.

Patois said...

But it matters to you. And it clearly matters to him. Beautiful.

LisaC said...

I agree...it still mattered.

BK said...

Comments and chocolate, was a wonderful connection! You made the best of a boring workshop with something so wonderful to write and share.
Thanks so much,
Bonnie

GirlGriot said...

I'm way late to the show here, but this is such a wonderful slice, I couldn't read and not comment. Thank you for sharing it. I would have gone for the socks, too. They matter, no matter what.
~~Stacie

Suzanne said...

Thanks so much for commenting ladies. This post meant a lot to me as I have had such a hard time writing about those first few days with Dad.