After a busy December, things slowed right down in January. Tarot took a back seat.
This month has been a difficult one. Not far into the new year, my mother became unwell. My father and I looked after her at home, where she remained in bed. Due to sickness and nausea, both a call-out doctor and those at A & E had diagnosed her with an inner-ear infection, but after a week of little change, paramedics were eventually called in two Fridays ago. They were very concerned by her high blood pressure and low sodium count, so she was admitted to hospital straight away.
The week that passed became an emotional roller-coaster. Due to the wrong diagnosis, she was taken to the wrong ward in a hospital far from where we live. It wasn’t until five days later that the MRI scan confirmed what my dad and I had feared – that she’d actually had two strokes. One had happened at home (causing the dizziness and her mobility problems), while the second had probably taken place while she was on the wrong ward (which had affected her vision). Her health deteriorated rapidly before the correct diagnosis and it felt as though my father and I were sleep-walking through a nightmare. I don’t remember ever crying as much or being as worried as I was a week ago. After confirming what had actually happened, she was transferred to a stroke unit. My dad and I have spent every day with her, from morning to night. We’ve depended on the kindness of family and friends for lifts to the unit and emotional support. The help and kindness from others (in person, online, through phone calls and letters) has been overwhelming.
I am pleased to say that Mum is now improving and was discharged today. Her short-term memory goes from time to time, she has little feeling in one of her feet, and her vision is still on the fuzzy side, but she has started to walk again and her appetite has returned. Even though I will never forget that week, we are relieved by her recovery so far.
Despite being a difficult month, once my mother began to show progress, I did manage to do one thing I’d planned to – which was to read for one evening at The Living Cafe. Even though I still found it hard to leave my mother in the hospital and was extremely tired from a lack of sleep, I made it to the venue and read for six ladies and one young man.
The cafe has a spacious basement (where I set up) and each client came down to see me individually. The others sat upstairs, taking advantage of the beverages and lovely home cooked food which the cafe has to offer.
This was an important evening for me. The owners had already experienced disappointing feedback after a local medium had used their premises for an event, so I had a lot to prove. I am pleased to say that the evening went well and I received some kind and positive messages from those I’d read for afterwards. The two cafe owners were pleased with the response and have asked if we can organise another one. They have also said they’d like to rent the space to me so that I can run my Beginner’s Tarot Course from there. I am looking forward to working with them again.
I pulled back from the internet for a couple of weeks this month. I didn’t feel as though I could post a daily card on Instagram and my Twitter feed naturally stopped. But now that my mum is recovering here and looking more-like-herself, I finally feel as though I can try to get back to normal. It’s been a tough month, but I have learned one thing – every extra day I have with my parents and the people I love is a blessing and something I will never take for granted.
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