Salt Lake City: part one
Tuesday March 29th 2022, 8:24 pm
Filed under: Family,Life

After I spent all that time trying not to grouse at my husband because I wanted to go see my 91-year-old mom and he wanted to wait till the Omicron counts were down to where it was safe for us to walk through the airport for her sake, it turns out he was very very right but not just for the reasons we thought.

They test the sewage here and extrapolate from that the percentage of the population that has the disease in that moment. He wanted that count to go below where it would be inevitable that you’d be exposed to at least one person at the airport and then bring it to Mom, even if she is boostered. I couldn’t rightly disagree.

Finally those tests were encouraging enough that I talked to him and to Mom and went to go book the tickets.

As I looked at that screen I felt strongly that I should book it for two weeks out. I looked at the ticket prices and noped out, even if the thought remained persistent, and booked for three weeks out with the idea in the back of my head that you do have 24 hours to cancel without penalty.

But I couldn’t get a hotel room. At all. Not one single room in the entire city, not fleabag nor Marriott. So I looked at the fares for a week earlier again, talked to Mom and Richard again, canceled the original and booked the new and felt an odd sense of relief about it. Hotel, piece of cake, car, got it. Sooner is always nicer anyway, right? (Later, Mom said to me, But of course–three weeks out was going to be General Conference. I was stunned–DUH. People fly in to Salt Lake City from all over the world for that. How had I missed that that was the weekend! You can tell I didn’t grow up in Utah.)

What we had no way to know. No. Way. Was that in between those two weeks, our 34-year-old son, who lives about a half hour from Mom, was going to be diagnosed with lung cancer. They caught it very early while scanning him for something else and the doctor was as surprised as we were, given his age and that he’d never smoked.

But he lucked out and he should be fine. Even so–there are times when you just want your parents with you, and there we were.

About a week before I booked those tickets, the sister-in-law of one of my nieces, having had epilepsy most of her life, died after being hospitalized for months after a particularly severe seizure. There was a GoFundMe to help her in-laws with their immense expenses, and I contributed to it because, family. And because you do what you can when there’s nothing you can do.

Yesterday her young son went to her and said that M, his five-year-old sister, had thrown up in her bed. The parents found their daughter seizing. It was her first. And it was a grand mal. Just weeks after burying their sister for that.

My mom, husband, son, and I were together when my sister texted about her granddaughter. I texted my niece, who is close to her cousin who was right there next to me, and said I didn’t know if it was appropriate or wanted but we were all ready to come immediately to Children’s Hospital to be with them, or anything else we could do.

The answer of course was that visitors are limited, (because of course they still are) but the offer was very appreciated and the support and love meant so much.

That trip. It had to be on that timing. And it was.

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Update on the little one, age 5, it turned out to be viral meningitis, which is scary enough, but not in any way related to her young aunt (from the other side of the family)’s epilepsy. She is still hospitalized but thankfully now on the mend.

Comment by Marian 03.29.22 @ 9:45 pm

You are so good about listening to that inner voice! I’m glad your son will be ok. Prayers for everyone!

Comment by Pegi F 03.30.22 @ 4:18 am

Oh, goodness, you were certainly where you needed to be when you needed to be there! Scary stuff.

Comment by ccr in MA 03.30.22 @ 7:07 am

That still small Voice is there for a reason. I’m so glad you are tuned to it.
Prayers for all.

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 03.30.22 @ 7:20 am

Whew! What an emotional roller coaster! You must be exhausted. You and your family have all of the heartfelt thoughts and best wishes I can muster!

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 03.30.22 @ 7:23 am

Oh my. Sending best and healthy happy wishes to your mom, your son, your great niece, well you and your whole family really. So glad you could be there.

Comment by DebbieR 03.30.22 @ 7:42 am

My heart was beating faster and faster all thru that….

Comment by Afton 03.30.22 @ 1:13 pm

Agree, really important you could be there at the right time.
Thank you for telling us about the trip!

Comment by Lisa RR 03.30.22 @ 5:59 pm

Right place. Right time. Right choice.

Comment by LauraN 03.30.22 @ 8:55 pm

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