There have been trials and tribulations during the past twenty-one days, but those are behind me. Rather, the focus is on the triumphs and going forward: a continuance of life with every breath and heartbeat, a continuance of life with Martha and the dogs, a continuance of life with you, my friends in Bloggerville. I have truly missed you all.
I cannot thank Wandering Coyote enough for her willingness to post updates while I was MIA. The job was thrust upon her and she accepted it without complaint, which could have been a real bummer if something dire had happened. Thanks, WC, for being such a great, unselfish friend.
Every life experience, either good, bad, or indifferent, is an opportunity to learn something new to add to our personal database of wisdom. I learned how to “roll over,” “fetch,” and “stay” a long time ago (I took lessons with our first dog), but I picked up a few life lessons this time around too.
The most amazing thing I learned is about bedpans, a medical device I had seen but never used before. When I told the nursing assistant that I needed to do number two (just like I used to tell Sister Mary Tarantula in third grade), I expected the assistant to scurry off for a steel pot from either the walk-in freezer in the kitchen or an uninhabited drawer in the morgue.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I was presented with an exact replica of a Rubbermaid plastic bin—rectangular, sturdy, temperature-friendly—but who takes a dump in a potato salad storage container?
As I sat atop the U.S.S. Salad Storage Container, listing from port to starboard and worried about bilge water and my inability to swim, I asked me, “Is this what my life has come down to, is this how it all ends?”
“Hell no!” I answered me as the final two lines of a favorite Robert Frost poem came to mind:
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep.
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Regular programming will resume on this blog in a couple days. I am still very weak, however, and not completely out of the woods yet, but I'll be around to visit y'all.