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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Wednesday, September 11, 2002  
Home Health Care

While I was visiting Mom today a clinical nurse specialist came in to talk to her about the home health care situation. The nurse said that she would do the research to find out which HHC places in Dickson work with Mom's insurance. The doctors at Vanderbilt will teach Mom how to change the bandages herself and the HHC person will be there to help the first couple of times and to observe her and help her with anything she needs after that. The whole time that the nurse specialist was talking to Mom she was joined by a social worker who was introduced to us but never said anything. It was also never explained exactly what she was doing there. Curious...

Mom feels better every day and has been taking walks around the 11th floor of the hospital for the past couple of days. She is really bored and is ready to go home now.

Sally (Mom's cousin) stopped by just before I left. I'm not sure how long she stayed afterwards but she and Mom visited for a while.

9:13:00 PM

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