Tuesday, October 9, 2007

A Series of Powerful Personal Connections In One Day's Journey

Today, I had my pre-op visit with Dr J at U of M. My surgery date is set for October 23. I will be having a total hysterectamy (including uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes as well as para-aortic lymph nodes). I will be in the hospital for probably 3-5 days. Once I can get off the pain med pump, go potty and something else, I can't remember, then they will let me go.

After my doctor visit, I went to the 8th floor of the hospital to visit a friend of ours who has been in the hospital for a month. We had a very good visit. She had some very powerful insights in how to visit someone in the hospital, including intention, consideration of patient's needs, empowerment strategies and so much more. I'm hoping that she will compile these ideas into a book when she feels stronger.

Once leaving her, we met our niece for chinese food at Middle Kingdom. I am so proud of this kid, I can't wait to see who she becomes. I am proud of all of my nieces and nephews, they are each so unique.

After leaving Ann Arbor, we went to a friend's house and drmmed and ate dinner.

I must say that even though today began with a doctor visit (unforfunately, including yet another pelvic exam), and continued in the hospital, overall it was a very good day. I love making meaningful connections with people, and I feel like I did that several times over. I feel peaceful and grateful to have such awesome people in my life.

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