As I stepped off the plane yesterday in Kamloops, I was thrilled to see my mother and Daddio2. Her body`s frame had changed and her smile beamed in a way that I had not seen in such a long time. She had lost a significant amount of weight and she was so tiny to hold. Having been in the psych hospital for over half a year may have actually done her a lot of good. Having shed so much weight it will cause her diabetes to be more easily controlled, her risk to heart attack and stroke has gone down drastically, her arthritis has eased and her mental health has improved drastically due to the Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also known as electroshock therapy in older days. There is a lot of stigma around this method of treatment and I held a lot of reservations myself as visions flew through my mind of 'One Flew over the Coo Coo's Nest,' it is a must rent. My mother was truly impossible to treat with medication, even catatonic for long periods of time, and now she is able to have a meal in a restaurant with us and take part laughing in our silly conversations! It feels like a miracle! One of the most controversial treatments in mental health gave my mother back her sanity and is helping her to get better treatment by treatment and for this I feel richly blessed. As I sit here I observe that my parents' apartment is very small, almost to the point that the Christmas Tree takes up one quarter of the living room and my father's heart is rich with gratitude as he was able to put up the tree with my mom this year and we thought it would only be the two of us. I had tears in my eyes as we cheered our sparkling rasperberry juice and my father expressed how the rich meal he had prepared was worth every second! He was glowing! Gratitude is a theme that echoes this Christmas, especially this year! I am grateful that I have so many people that love me and are part of my security net that is weaved together which includes many that I love, they are always sure I will never fall, and I offer the same for them, especially my mother. I am so rich.
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