Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Five Minutes of Freedom

It’s been a very long week – especially since it’s technically been a short week with the Labor Day holiday last Monday.

My grandmother had a stroke on Sunday and between staying with her and working and taking care of my own life, things have been hectic.

So I think this is the perfect week to have a free writing day.

No prompt. Just write for 5 minutes. Set a timer and go with the flow. Enjoy!
stream of consciousness sunday

Friday I drove to Macon to sit with my Grannie for the night in her hospital room. She had a stroke a week ago today and my mom is exhausted from the long hours of ICU and then typical hospital room stuff.

Do you know how many minutes it feels like when you watch the clock for 5 minutes?

It feels like at least 30. But possibly more like an hour.

The ticking of the clock, the dripping of the IV. The beeping of other rooms’ monitors. Blood pressure cuffs and compression wraps blowing up and letting out.

The sounds are so delicate, yet so deafening.

Once sleep invades your body, the sounds get louder. I’m sure it’s even worse for someone who has lost use of one side of her body and the ability to use her words.

Every Code Blue has to be explained: “It’s not for you, Grannie. It’s ok. You’re ok.”

There is head scratching to do, hands to rub, legs to put pressure on because of the pain.

Time in a hospital stands still. The only way to know the difference between day and night is to open the blinds and let the sun shine in.  Because that’s the only way to believe there’s light amid the darkness.


This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post (in the sidebar). .
  • Link up your post below.
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.

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  1. Ah, Jana. I’m so sorry. My thoughts are with you.
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  2. So glad that you had that time with your grandmother. My dad was in and out of ICU all last December. It’s a very quiet place. Or maybe solemn is the better word. I know your presence was such a comfort to her. And gave your mom needed rest.
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  3. My thoughts are with you and your family.
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  4. Yes. I know ICU well As the patient and the family. God bless. Got to write my gig now!
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