Lifted by Others

My surgery is over. The anesthesia kicked my ass. The hospital was a surreal  place, where, at times, I felt helpless.

I was just telling Swampboy that I felt as if I missed the orientation about what I could expect and what was expected of me. As a result, I was often confused about having to:

  • Pee only in the urine hat and put the toilet paper somewhere else.
  • Save my vomit in a green plastic mini-tub for the nurse (“I want to see everything that goes in and comes out of you!” said Nurse Ratchet … er … Margaret).
  • Order my own hospital food.

With that behind me, I am left with a few painful holes in my side and with gratitude in my heart for those who — whether they knew it or not – lifted me through this process:


— Mom and Dad for their steady presence, care, delicious comfort food and expert vacuuming.

— Nurse Janine and Tech Jackie on the A-shift of 6 West for their compassion and kindness.


— My brother, Jim, for letting me see a familiar face when I woke up in post-op. Sorry I slobbered on you!

— Girlfriend Jodi for giving me the opportunity to crack inappropriate jokes while waiting to be wheeled into surgery. Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time always eases my tension.

— Buzz for his on-line hugs. Those are powerful medicine.



— Rose and Joe and Roxanne for their postcard.

— Ann Patchett for this book to escape with.

— Aunt S, fellow VAT vet, who wrote in an e-mail: “Let’s compare holes.”

Have you been lifted by others? Share it with me.


4 Responses to “Lifted by Others”

  1. 1 Anon O. Moose July 30, 2009 at 2:30 am

    You know you’re being well cared for when someone offers to inspect your vomit! Feel better…

  2. 2 susanna August 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I’m so glad that the surgery went well and that you received uplifting news afterwards. Yes, you do have wonderful family and friends around you but then, YOU are wonderful to so many of your family and friends. I’m glad to have you in my life. 🙂

  3. 3 Aunt Sue August 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Susanna says it all.

  4. 4 Jamie August 23, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Hey, beautiful, I hope that by the time you read this you’re all healed up and feeling wonderful. What a tough time. My heart is with you.

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