With your fever behind you and the pain more manageable, you keep a cheerful outlook all day long, even though you are "NPO" (nothing to eat or drink) ALL day until they can finally get you into Interventional Radiology for the placement of your new Central IV line. This Hickman Line will deliver the high powered antibiotics to you, just above your courageous heart, for the next six weeks.
In the late afternoon, as your gurney approaches the surgical suite where they place this line, your old pal, Dr. McCord, with his entourage in tow, comes out to enthusiastically greet you. He and his team marvel at your beautiful cranium, your characteristic good humor and of course your gorgeous service dog, Toliver. Dr. McCord returns your grin, tenderly placing his hand on your shoulder, and tells you that he still has your Team 44 bracelet from last year. He keeps it on his nightstand where he sees it every day! As they wheel you into the room you can be heard joking and laughing with this team about reggae music!
|Although you are safe in the hands of Dr. McCord and Team, |
Toliver clearly has his doubts about leaving you!
God Bless you, Darlin' and God Bless all your amazing doctors, surgeons, nurses, therapists, family, friends, prayer warriors, and followers who have made this crazy journey not just possible, but amazing, insightful and empowering.
With an eternally grateful heart, Forrest for your life, your wisdom and your unshakable sense of humor,