Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hitting the Road ... again!

I'll be putting in some travel time this week.
Tomorrow I head for Central Illinois for an brief overnight stay with my parents. We'll be up in the wee morning hours (somewhere around 0 dark 30) so that we can be on the road by about 3am. That should have us downtown Chicago by around 6.

Thursday morning is a pretty big day for the Hill family. One of my siblings has been dealing with on going kidney problems for pretty much all of his adult life. It has reached the point where he is in need of a kidney transplant. A second sibling will be the donor. The surgeries are scheduled for Thursday morning. I feel so blessed that I am able to be there with them and I know that mom and dad are also happy that they can be there. I also know that if I was still working, getting the time off to be there would be very unlikely since staffing is so very short at the tower.

If you are one that believes in prayer, I would greatly appreciate your prayers for Mike (the recipient), Mary (the donor) as well as for their families. I know that I have mentioned what an awesome family I have, but it has been way too long since I've mentioned it on this blog. We'll be together for a big reunion in another month. I am really looking forward to that. This week's little get together will be a little more somber.

After taking my folks back home Thursday night, I'll be going back to Chicago for the weekend to see the UFC Fight Night Chicago with Aaron. I plan to head back early enough in the day on Friday to check up on Mike and Mary before going to the afternoon weigh ins and then meeting up with Aaron and Jenny for dinner. Hopefully, I'll make it to the hospital on Saturday morning before the afternoon preliminary fights begin. I'll make the long drive home on Sunday (or maybe Monday).

I plan on using the long drive time to brush up on my limited Spanish with my listen and learn audio course. We'll be back in Ixtapa Mexico for our 34th Anniversary in September.

My next post will probably be from a hospital waiting room in Chicago.

Be well,
John <><


eViL pOp TaRt said...

It sounds like a long but important trip. I hope your sibling gets a new kidney soon. God bless, and have a safe one!

Mike said...

I predict everything will turn out just fine for your brother and sister.
Try not to make too much noise driving through St. Louis. I may be sleeping.... or not.

John Hill said...

Surgeries are Thursday, sister is donating then transplant to brother.