Middle-Pause Pump-Priming Prompt

What Comforts You? And/or How Do You Comfort Yourself?

The more ideas the better, right?

Marilyn Flower
Middle-Pause
Published in
5 min readMay 27, 2024

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Two koala bears cuddle and snuggle
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I barely slept last night worried about my mom.

I was just there with her as she got out of one hospital stay.

My niece, sister and I got her situated at home. I stayed on for a few more days, watching her get stronger and stronger until she only needed verbal cues for safety but could get herself in and out of the bathroom okay.

I returned home to California and boom. The next day her magnesium level tanked and she had to go back to the hospital. After five or so days, she transferred to a Rehab program on the same campus as her assisted living.

But going into the long holiday weekend, nothing happened. No rehab. No physical or occupational therapy that I could suss out. And not moving around, my mom got weaker and weaker. Now she’s pretty much bedridden and not initiating much of anything.

Barely eating, she has to be encouraged to drink her Boost nutritional shakes. She’s not — or not able–to answer her phone. And the last time I spoke with her, on Friday, she seemed confused.

But what’s been stressing me out is not being able to reach any nursing staff to find…

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Marilyn Flower
Middle-Pause

Writer, sacred fool, improviser, avid reader, novel forthcoming, soul collage facilitator, prayer warrior and did I say writer? https://linktr.ee/marilynflower