A waiting time

Tuesday was one of those surreal days when the usual routines are put on hold and breathing needs to be remembered. A family member required some surgery on a limb after a sports injury.

Tight time keeping was the focus of the day’s beginnings to ensure all instructions were followed and check-in was completed.


Time then ballooned out into waiting, waiting, waiting. The clock was watched and minds wondered about the call to the operating theatre and when that would come.

That point of hugs, whispered words and a long ride away down a long corridor came. For the support crew time again slowed as calculations were made and fears were encouraged to quieten.

A walk in the hospital grounds had some appeal to help reduce the feeling of simply hanging around,

to search out some light and colour,

and to try sitting patiently in nature.
Shadows threatened to seep in again
but here were reminders of just how many hands were reaching out to help

and fingers skilled at repairing and healing were working for the best.
Relief flooded us all with the patient’s return and with a positive report.
Perspectives cleared with focus returning to a more outward view.


12 thoughts on “A waiting time

  1. mothercat2013

    Pleased to hear that it all went well – it can be a worrying time, waiting through an event such as this. Really liked your pictures and the words you put with them – nice linking of your thoughts with the images. Hope your Easter continues on a positive note!

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      It is a strange space to have to wait through. At first the garden seemed to offer me little to photograph but but gradually things became clearer. The dryness everywhere here is really taking its toll on our gardens and plants. The patient is doing well. Thanks for your good wishes:-)

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thank you. General Anaesthetic is no mean thing so emotions were high and time seems to do very strange things in that space. It was nice to wander about the garden and remember the calm of nature.

  2. Solitude

    Simply hanging around is very boring. You’ll also find me there in the garden to enjoy nature beauty. Nice to know that the patient is doing well.

    Lynley thank you for your easter wishes. I hope you have a nice time with your family.

  3. Juliet

    Do hope that the patient is making a good recovery now. These events always create shock, I find. You chart the feelings beautifully with your words and images.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks Juliet the patient is doing well and progressing with the rehabilitation. You are correct about shock. We were all very emotionally tired by the end of that day.


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