She gave me life, then saved it, a freak accident–nicked artery when I was eight. I can still see the blood shooting out from my wrist. No pain. I just wanted to go to sleep. I’d been running in the house–slid on the newly waxed kitchen floor–put out my right arm out to stop. Crashed through a plate glass window–that was okay, but when I pulled my arm back, it caught a jagged piece of glass…

My mom was a nurse, a WWII hero who handled the worst battle casualties cases at naval hospital. She didn’t panic when she saw the flood of blood from my arm. I remember her tying something white around my wrist, then slapping my face gently, telling me to stay awake. A neighbor rushed us to the emergency room–no waiting.

I had severed a nerve in my wrist–that required months of shock treatment and daily grip exercise before I was able to move my fingers. Mom shepherded me through this routine.

She has always been my hero, every day, not just on Mother’s Day.

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