Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Fragility of Life

Certain events remained us of the fragility of life--sometimes they are personal events and sometimes they are events outside of our normal life.

This week the two converged for our family.

I have a daughter with three life-threatening medical conditions. Most of the time I don't give them a thought, but when she gets sick she gets so sick so quickly I am reminded of her fragility. She is slowly recovering from a throat infection that soon extended into her main bronchus and further into her lungs.

The tsunami that hit the northeast coast of Japan remind us in the fragility of life in a less personal way. At least it is less personal for our family. For the families living or losing loved ones through this tragedy, it is very personal. As we watch horrifying images streaming in I realize for some, less than six minutes was all it took for lives to be consumed by the voracious hunger of a cruel wave.

What are you doing to take care of you and yours?


  1. A good reminder that life is fragile. Thank you.

  2. And since I wrote this post this young woman had a relapse, which required hospitalization. Talk about scary and another reminder about fragility of life.

    But the morning following her pass through ED and admission, she wakes up and says, "Mommy, I'm alive!"