Tuesday, February 19, 2013

In The Blink Of An Eye

Good morning,

I started this blog originally to talk about our home remodel, my interests, DIY projects, my interior design work and as a vehicle to simply get out there what I love about interior design. I don't often go in to too many details about my personal life and try to keep those things separate, but there are simply times when those things are not possible. Today I am going to share with you what has been happening with me and why I've been gone.

A few weeks ago I shared with you my trip to Atlanta for Design Camp and how amazing and inspiring that was for me. I have some new projects that I'm working on and overall things have been very exciting work wise. Last Sunday I received a call from my sister in law that my older brother is on life support. His body was shutting down and had been induced in to a coma. His liver and kidney functions were failing and his pancreas wasn't working. He also has internal bleeding and things weren't looking good for him. When I was in Atlanta I went to dinner with my brother. We talked about some of his major health problems, but he was so sweet and optimistic about himself and life. He had some goals and some revelations and was looking forward to his future. It was a beautiful dinner, and I left it loving and missing my brother and grateful to have reconnected. With us living far apart and life getting too hectic, it's easy to not talk often. How could things go so wrong so fast?

The next few days things were a tail spin. I received a call that we needed to get out to Atlanta NOW and that he wasn't expected to live through the night. I called my mom and family and we all got there as soon as we could to see my big brother AND to essentially say our good byes.The good news of my story is that he is still with us and he did make it through the night, but the bad news is that he's not in the clear and it is possible that this sad fact may not change or that this could happen again in the future. I can't tell you how seeing someone who you love in this condition hurts so deep down inside.

I can't tell you what will happen with my brother, and have given it to God because ultimately it is in his hands. I can tell you that I am hopeful and the Drs seem to be more hopeful and surprised that things are doing so much better. I am now back home and getting updates by the phone, waiting to hear that there is an end in site to this tragedy. I have nothing to do but get back to life, work, and my beautiful loving little family. So you will see posts again, and you will see more of my work and interests again but they may be a bit sparse for now.

Today what I will leave you with is this. Do not put off tomorrow what you can do today. In essence what I am saying is that it shouldn't be in our last hours or minutes to tell the people you know and care about how much you love them. Tell them often without the assumption that they may already know. Just as it is not worth letting petty differences keep you apart. Life is precious and fleeting and it is a gift that we should not take lightly. I lost my father to cancer a bit more than a year ago, and now I am in this situation with my brother with so many uncertainties. I have to hold on to my faith that there is something beautiful waiting for us on the other side, and I have to keep my faith that my brother will pull through this and that miracles can and do happen. I hope my story is inspiring for you.

          "We must be ever thankful for small miracles, and ever hopeful for receiving greater ones."
                                    Elmer A. Shultz submitted by Carol A. Shultz


  1. Oh Whitney! My heart aches for you. I know how excited you were to see him and I will be praying that he comes through this. But if not, you and your family will be comforted. Hugs girl!

  2. I got a bit emotional after reading this. Sorry! Life always shows us some ups and downs. We should stand firmly and keep our head held high.

    Finn Felton
    Kopi Luwak

  3. Hi everyone. Thank you so much for your kind words during this difficult time. I really appreciate the support. Life can throw us all curve balls, some good some bad. It's nice to get it out there some times.