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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

I’ve been able to avoid going into the hospital for treatment on Christmas for years now. It was inevitable. They got me. Like a fluffy kitty. Or a feathery macaw? Whatever appeals to you.

I can’t complain. The doctors and nursing staff are missing out on the holidays with their family and friends as well.

This timing is slightly different though. Construction was finally finished on the new hospital next door. All of my old nurses have been transferred to the sparkly new hospital. The chronic pain patients and rare disease patients would remain in the old hospital building for the time being [including myself]. Hazard lights lit up in my brain: You don’t know any of these new staff!

I’ve made some nurse pals since I’ve been coming into the hospital for several years at this point. So I packed a bunch of candy canes in my bag. I reminded myself that I was a Chatty Cathy and I would just be broadening my horizons.

A wave came over me as my friend wheeled me to the reception area. I gasped and said aloud, “oh my gosh, I recall this feeling. I remember it well!“. He slowed my wheelchair down. “What are you talking about?” I looked at him and said, “This is the first day of junior high all over again and I don’t know anybody.” He just laughed at me.
And then I reminded myself that I’ve got a big mouth. And that bag of ‘welcome’ candy canes. And this was not a hotel! I was here for painful necessary treatment! Get over yourself lady.

I’ll be meeting with a new physical therapist, new wound care staff, new nursing staff, etc. They will all see me barfy and sick. That was just my vanity earlier and that’s silly.
Let’s get this body in a better state so I can be more active. Biceps be very afraid! Oh, and candy canes for all of you newbies taking care of me, hee.

‘Nuff Said.


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  • JIBBIE49
    395 days ago
    Virtual Hugs from me to you
    473 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    May you continue to keep your beautiful spirit and determination through all these medical trials and tribulations. I bet you had the new folks eating out of your hand within seconds of meeting you. Blessing for 2020.
    476 days ago
    I think of you nearly daily, dear Bren, and I continue to pray... for everything. My Divine Miss O has a classmate (grade 10) who was diagnosed with EM at age 7. Her struggles keep you at the forefront of my heart and thoughts... I see many similarities of spirit and determination between the two of you.

    I am so sorry that you found yourself in the hospital for Christmas and I pray that all went as well as it possibly could. I cannot imagine anyone being immune to your charm (and candy canes)! Above all, despite the challenges, I pray Christmas and all of the hope, joy, peace and love was able to find you no matter where you are, and that it continues to sustain you throughout this fast approaching New Year!
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    476 days ago
    So sorry you had to spend Christmas in the hospital. Love your attitude.
    477 days ago
    So sorry to hear you are in hospital. You've a great spirit. Wishing you well.
    477 days ago
    Hugs and prayers!
    477 days ago
    Love minion
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    477 days ago
    I’m sorry to hear that you had to be one of the many losing time with their family on Christmas but so glad to see that you’ve made it into a good experience! I love the attitude of “I CAN do this”
    477 days ago
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