Good news. Bad news.

Good news:

Mom sounded great on Saturday. She’s starting to eat again. The cancer in her liver has shrunk to smaller than a millimeter. Nothing returns anywhere in her body. In this case, they’d stop chemo and switch her to oral medication.

Bad news:

2 a.m. last night my dad called. The maid found mom on the floor by the bed walking in circle in the living room. She was conscious but couldn’t move her left side. It appeared to be a stroke. She just came out of CATscan half an hour ago. My dad will call in to report the progress. A friend of my brother is a neurologist and his theory is that it’s a blood clot that lodge in her brain blood vessel, not a stroke.

Good news:

Mom is stablized. And alive. And apparently stubborn as hell as she could be sometimes. She needed to stay still and rest, but she had been trying to get up and wouldn’t go to sleep. So yeah, she’s fighting it.

Bad news:

She’d probably never full recover. But we don’t know that just yet.

And finally…

Bad news:

On my way into work this morning, a fist fight broke out on the train in my car. 3 scrawny blakc kids and one big black kid. I was going to run out the door too, but the fight already travelled all the way to where I was and I couldn’t get around them to get out. So all I could do is stood up and tried to blend into the wall right where I stood. Thank god no one has any weapons or anything. Because I’m fucking right next to the action.

Good news:

I don’t ride the blue line any more. Except for a rare occasion like this morning. And I’m safe.

Pray for my mom, y’all. I know you’ve been praying already. And I thank you.


  1. lillian   •  

    Its so hard to be away from home when some you love is suffering, isn’t it? Glad she is doing better ! Glad you were ok on the train.. ufff.. no fun !!

  2. Rude Cactus   •  

    I’m sorry about your mom. That has to be tough, especially being so far away from her. I’ll think good thoughts and hope they’ll do some good.

  3. Ginny   •  

    I’m thinking of you and your mom. I’m sure everything will be okay.

  4. mikenan   •  

    We wish your mom a speedy recovery and rehab! Hope she gets some rest and stays put in bed.

  5. 'Mazing Amy   •  

    Oh OAKZ! I am so sorry to hear about your mom! I’ll be praying for her and please send my love to her when you talk to her. ((((HUGS)))) to you my friend!

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