Saving The Day

Today, for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, I chose this prompt:
1.) Write about a time you or someone you know saved the day.

In the nearly 40 years that I’ve known my husband, he has come to my rescue many, many times. He’s done emergency repairs on broken shoe heels, removed splinters, killed spiders and snakes and destroyed wasp nests.  He’s come to my aid when my car left me on the side of the road. He’s repaired so many little household items that I’ve lost count.

But a few years ago, he did something much more important, not for me, but for my son, Marshall.

In January, 2008, Marshall was prescribed a large dosage of a steroid to be given through an i.v. at home each day for one week. A home health nurse met him at our house,  set up the i.v. and administered the first dose. The i.v. port was left in his arm to be used for the remaining doses. And a nurse was scheduled to come each day that week.

The following afternoon, the nurse called. She lived a little over an hour away, and it was snowing so heavily that she couldn’t see to drive. She asked if I could give Marshall the meds if she talked me through it on the phone.

Um. I don’t think so.  But I know someone who can.

Motor Man had been the main caregiver during his late wife’s illness, so I was aware that he knew quite a bit about i.v.’s and such.  I handed the phone to him.

And then I watched as my husband carefully, patiently and efficiently gave his step-son that day’s dosage of meds.

And saved the day. One more time.

Mama’s Losin’ It

27 responses to “Saving The Day

  1. …and proving once again that he’s a great man. I say keep him. 🙂
    Happy Thursday!

  2. I’ve said it before…he’s one of a kind. It bears repeating! He’s definitely a keeper.

  3. Now that’s not just a handy but skillful man.

  4. I love reading posts about strong men doing gentle, loving things.

    Maybe you’ve written about it before and I just haven’t seen it, but I’d love to know your “back” story – how you met, your courtship etc. I’ll bet your other readers would enjoy that, too.

    Cheers! MJ

  5. What a guy – great story about love and compassion.

  6. Motor Man is a very special guy – I sense such gentleness in him. I know exactly what you’re talking about because I had to give Caroline 3 different antibiotics at three different times each repeated every 4-6 hours for an entire week through a home IV when she was 6 after a complicated case of appendicitis. It felt like the week was never going to end!

  7. Well, that is just like Motor Man. He can do anything and I do mean anything.

  8. God bless him. My hubby is the go-to guy for medical stuff too. i can’t do it.

  9. I am not sure I could have done that. It truly saved the day

  10. Great guys like that are a blessing, aren’t they?
    I have one too. ☺

  11. I love the feeling of being taken care of. And when someone takes care of my kids ~ well they shoot straight to the top of my list! Great story ~

  12. Wow wow wow….. what an incredibly loving husband to take care of Marshall like that. And what a loving and thoughtful wife to honor him in so many of your stories…. You folks are such an inspiration!

  13. Very sweet story. I don’t think I could have done it either being a Mom!!

  14. We sometimes joke about how my arm still hurts from that night, but it’s always in good humor. The weather really was crummy that night, and I wasn’t about to try it!!

  15. Way to go Motor Man! What a great memory of saving the day. 🙂

  16. Yikes! Glad you had a macho man to do it for you! My poor kids would be the one calling 911 for me (as I’d be out cold on the floor) if I had to do anything involving needles, even if it’s just hooking something up to one.

  17. i have chills….my man has done that for me, way too many times!!! he is definitely a keeper!!!

  18. After we bought a lot in GP we brought our boat to VA and tied up at the GPYC marina. I used to drive from DE with the kids and open up the boat and hook up the air conditioner and water so when my husband got there via the airport he could have a shower on a cool boat! I know…I’m a good wife! Well one time there was no water and nobody to do anything about it…except for JR who came to my rescue and found the problem and got the water back and running! I found out early that I was going to have a great neighbor…and I do! We built our house on the river on what I think is the best street in GP!

  19. This brought tears to my eyes, Dianna. The two (or should I say three) of you have been through so much…tried in the fire and come forth as gold.

  20. I can read between the lines (lol); you really love this man!! And it’s obvious, he loves you too.

  21. JR is like about only 2 or 3 other men I know that does so much for so many and never speaks of it. It takes a special kind of person not to toot their own horn. He is definitely one ready, willing, and able to be of help to so many behind the scenes. Don’t tell him, but I think he is a real “sweetie”.

  22. So glad Motor Man stepped up to the plate to save the day. I don’t think I could’ve done that either! I love hearing about the obvious love you have for each other 🙂

  23. That’s pretty cool.. Your readers have no idea how many times he has had a call and said “Jr, could you..” and he always responded. I remember when Marshall was sick and how hopeless we felt when you and Jr. told us.. then we got to watch as things improved.

    Dang Kathy and I miss you guys. Jerry

  24. What a wonderful blog site you have! I thoroughly enjoyed this post. It is a wonderful, touching story.

  25. Oh WOW! That is definitely a good man right there! I don’t know if I would feel comfortable giving meds via IV at home. I barely was able to handle the machine Sean was on during his first several days of life treating his jaundice. But the great thing bout being a parent is that we’re hard wired to step up when needed. WTG Motor Man!

    By the way, so with you on that killing bugs things…I have the hardest time doing that when hubs isn’t home. Thankfully my kids do not. 😉

  26. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I know how you feel Dianna, my blessed Chuck has saved my days
    sense Nov 1974. The Good Lord made no better men than J.R. and Chuck. There are still good men in this world. Thank you Lord.

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