Visiting An Old Friend In January!
Surgery for a young woman
The year was 1994 it was six o’clock in the morning. We were sitting in the waiting room waiting for surgery, while my children were at home asleep. A twenty-seven-year-old woman with her parents and spouse sitting by her side. A nurse approaches the woman and informs her the doctor is running an hour behind, she tries to hide her anxiety while her father asks what would you like for your stay in the hospital?
She pointed to the book the other woman was reading and said: “I’ve been waiting for it to get published.” Dad agreed as the nurse approached to take her for prepping. When her spouse entered the room, there was a concern in his eyes. They had planned he would get his paycheck and return before she woke up.
Her spouse returned before she had woken up, but the concern continued through the night. The young woman never did well after surgery. This time the vomiting and blood pressure were horrible. Her mother thought she was losing her oldest child. Her spouse was beside himself. Her young children had no clue what mommy was facing. Her father was silent. The night lingered as she laid there sleeping. Her favorite uncle visited but had to leave a note because she was unable to stay awake.
Books and memories
Morning came with a bright sunrise. The room was empty except for a beautiful vase of roses and her book from Dad and Mom. A beautifully written note on the table from her uncle. As the nurse entered with a tray of liquids, her spouse and
family followed. Recovery would take some time, but she would return home in a week.
Yes, the surgery was a hysterectomy. Yes the young woman was me. It’s now 25 years later the young woman’s children are grown. The book was “Reba My Story” author Reba McEntire with Tom Carter. That is the old friend I’m revisiting for January.
Leave a comment below of an old friend you will visit this January.