Monday, March 9, 2015
Honk and Wave
David asked why we honk and wave when we cross the state lines. We also lift our feet while crossing rivers and hold our breath as trains pass or while driving through tunnels. These are very good questions.
We have loved coming to know each other over the past year. Our first year has been the sweetest love story of all time. No, seriously...of ALL time. Ok, except, of course, the divine love story of our Lord Jesus Christ. He definitely gets the award for the most sacred, intimate love story of ALL time. But, I'm here to tell you, David and my love story is pretty darn wonderful: simply because He undoubtedly brought us together for the sole purpose of acting as conduits of His love.
I'm not feeling all mushy and love-struck because I'm scared shitless about this trip: #MAYOnnaise#Mayo Clinic. No, this is the real deal. It is enduring and not one day passes that I don't stop and praise Him for providing for my provision and protection during a time that would have otherwise been devastating. In fact, today, David offered his support and asked leading questions so I might be able to finish my own health history. I have been combining my family's health histories over the past month, into a concise document the geneticist at Mayo can use to help refine my treatment plan. That was plenty hard, but writing my own health information has been crazy, ridiculous, absurdly hard. Don't ask me why. I don't know other than it's a longer list of problems, traumatic events and surgical mishaps than I really enjoy revisiting.
Having it done is a huge relief and even Sheila Weekly (my dear nurse practitioner friend), who originally guided me toward the necessity of making this easy for the doctors to review, would be very pleased with the outcome. I have noted the questions I need answered from the doctors there at The Mayo Clinic. Their answers will likely be much more challenging than the ones I had to answer for David today. To top it off, I'm not really sure I'm ready to hear their answers. Apparently, God thinks I am and has gifted me with my beloved husband and LIVING partner. Leslie will offer good comfort too, as we all curl up in bed each evening after a full day of appointments.
ADHD distraction....we just entered the great state of Minnesota and we honked to say hello and celebrate or safe arrival. We waved in all directions to greet our new friends and say goodbye to those we just left. It's really just good manners, you know? These answers are so much easier to hear! In fact, Sydney and Aubrey dreamed up all these travel rules! That's the main reason we do them: because they said so. Isn't that great?
We'll be staying at the Kahler Inn and Suites there in Rochestor. Apparently that's the hospital's hotel and is the most convenient place to stay, and even has a park across the street so Leslie can romp around. Yes, we brought her ball. We'll arrive in about 30 minutes and we plan to just settle in and order out. I think David may be as tired as me now, so we'll flip a coin and see who takes Leslie down for her first walk.
Tomorrow we'll just take the day to rest and navigate our way to my first appointment on Wednesday morning at 6:45. I should buy a horn for my wheelchair so I can honk and wave when I come into the hospital for the first time. What do you think?