Visiting An Old Friend In January!

By : | 14 Comments | On : December 19, 2019 | Category : Short Stories

Visiting An Old Friend

Surgery for a young woman

Visiting A Friend - Roses

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. As the 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. Now he struggled with the decision. His father-in-law reminded him the kids would need food. Also, they would remain until he returned.

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. The spouse was beside himself. Those 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. 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.

Comments (14)

  1. posted by Corinne Rodrigues on January 15, 2020

    How beautifully you narrated what must have been a very difficult time for you and your family, Donna.

    • posted by Donna on January 15, 2020

      Thank you so much for visiting and I was 27 when I had the surgery. Mom through a fit because I was to darn young, but it was a medical decision. Surgery was due to prolapse uterus and I can tell you I have been very healthy ever since!!

  2. posted by Michelle James on January 9, 2020

    Love this story!

    • posted by Donna on January 13, 2020

      Thank you so much for visiting.

  3. posted by Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond on January 9, 2020

    Hi Donna, welcome to Midlife Share the Love Party and I can imagine the fear you all felt back in the hospital room all those years ago. When I’m feeling down or anxious I often turn to a favourite book that I would probably have read many times but always brings comfort to me. Thanks for sharing your story at #MLSTL and I will share on social media. x

    • posted by Donna on January 13, 2020

      Thank you for visiting and yes sometimes a reread book is very comforting. Now that both parents are gone it’s some how comforting to have this near by and understand the fears in their heart.

  4. posted by Debbie Harris on January 8, 2020

    What a good story and ending! Old friends are great and memories make life interesting! #mlstl

    • posted by Donna on January 9, 2020

      Thank you for stopping by I have made it to chapter 4 visiting my old friend each evening before bed.

  5. posted by Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au on January 8, 2020

    Lovely Donna – and a good way to share a traumatic memory. Life goes on and it’s amazing how we can look back at the bad things in life with new eyes and gratitude that they didn’t beat us.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM ?

    • posted by Donna on January 9, 2020

      Thank you so much for visiting!! Yes at the time it was traumatic but life does go on and this story An Angel I Knew For A Short Time was my first grand-daughter. Been almaost 5 years for this lost and my son and his wife made it together and life is getting positive for them in 2020 also.

  6. posted by Donna on January 7, 2020

    Thank you, with both parents gone now, It helps having such old friends around!

  7. posted by Michelle Leslie on January 7, 2020

    Beautiful Donna and I’m glad you recovered. Enjoy visiting your old friend Reba

  8. posted by Maria on January 6, 2020

    Wonderful post!

    • posted by Donna on January 6, 2020

      Thank you so much

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