White Dog was standing at the door and Steve was phoning into the school seconds after they heard me say into the phone, "What's wrong? Which hospital? Breathe, dear one." My cheery "good morning" was cut short when I answered what I thought was a happy Monday call from a dear friend; she was sobbing and her first words were, "Oh it is so awful, I wish you were here to hug me!"
She was in the emergency where her husband lay unconscious and in grave condition. They are a military family far from home and are so very young. At 3-1/2 hours away we are their closest lifeline. What could we do but load White Dog and YoYoMa into the van and head south. Each of you would have made the same choice; of that we are certain. We were not sure what we would find as she gave us only the briefest of details broken with sobs and fear.
We had no idea how long we would be gone so one of the boys had to come with...it would certainly be too long for one to be gated. Gregg, when alerted, promised to keep a handle on our homefront with Michael and the rest of the White Dog Army. When we got to Las Cruces a friend of our friend offered to bring WD and YAWD to her house where Daisy Mae and Maple Marie were already being cared for. We were grateful the White Ones would be among friends.
At the hospital our friend fell into my arms and held my hand tightly as we discovered together that her husband had been moved to an intensive care room where he was being monitored. He was lucid for short periods and with each passing minute his heart rate became more stable. We spent the day there and by the time we had to return north, our friend's mother-in-law had arrived from Arizona and our friend had been coaxed into eating a bit, having a short nap, and finding reason to be hopeful.
White Dog and YoYoMa, all of us in the White Dog Army in fact, plead for your prayers and positive thoughts for this young couple. Sometimes it is darkest before the dawn if you can just hang on. Please ask the Universe to to grant them the strength they will need to get through this. Thank you.