Treatment #36........three years, measured out month by month......the big green chairs were full today, but the holiday spirit refused to let any sad faces enter that room. All those people, and no one turned the tv on......a miracle! My drip, thick and bubbly as always, was a constant source of attention today, those tiny bubbles set the beeper off about every 30-45 minutes......why sometimes, but not every time, who knows?
My friend Louis was there in all his glory, he calls me the queen of the infusion room......but I promise, it is his court and his audience. His kindness and smile touch every one who comes in that room.......he speaks to each person, always giving hope and encouragement. I have learned so much from him. I see in him the true meaning of kindness, a real humanity.
All three of our nurses were so busy, but I noticed one, whose eyes were not as sparkling as usual.....I worried that she might be sick, but as we talked, I learned her father-in-law had passed in the early morning hours........but yet, there she was, caring for all of us. Those nurses, they are amazing in their dedication and caring.
The ebb and flow of the patients, the chatter, the constant buzz of the pumps......every person hooked to some sort of drip, such a surreal scene has become a normal day for me. It has become as much a part of my life, as going to the grocery store......or teaching a class....or performing on stage. It has changed me, in many ways......and I hope for the better. How can you sit in those big green chairs and not become a better person?
It has been a long tiring day......my body is ready for my pillow, my bed.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams