Saturday, November 5, 2011

CHANGING, TIME & A FULL MOON


Unlike a lot of people I don’t get all annoyed about shifting to and from daylight savings time.  Yes, it means a week of messed up sleep habits, but I welcome making good use of extra sunlight in the summer and squeezing every drop of light out of the sun in the winter. 

When the time change arrived this fall—way too late—it brought to mind another change, more personal.  I spent last March 15 in surgery for several hours. I remember coming out of anesthesia in the O.R. and hearing my surgeon dictating his notes:   “No sign of cancer.”  I recall little else of what he said but that outstanding sentence remained in my mind.

My hospital stay lasted for several days.  Most of it I try to forget.  Some of it, thanks to morphine, I can’t remember.  But I do recollect one very early morning when even the pain meds wouldn’t help me sleep.  The window in my room faced to the west and I could almost see the full moon setting through the blinds.  I unraveled myself from the sheets and call button, pulled off a monitor and hauled my body and my i.v. on a pole to the window.  

I opened the curtains and watched that big fat moon ease itself down into some soft pink clouds on the horizon.  The town below was slowly set in motion. 

A nurse came in to find out why the monitor was off.  She stayed by me for a moment to enjoy the view before hustling me back to my crib. 

The surgeon, his team and the other hospital people did their job well. Except for some small scars I’m almost better than before.

Experiences like that make you think.  They help you realize what you’ve had, what you might have lost and what you’ve taken for granted.  I only wish every search for cancer had the same result.

12 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, what a wonderful post! i was truly touched by it! i felt as if i was standing next to you in the hospital room, so many months ago, watching that moon... God bless you!

Sarah said...

A moving post Leenie, and I can imagine the scene as you looked out at the beautiful moon. I am so glad your results were good!

Mama Zen said...

Me, too.

CeeCee said...

Lovely thoughts. I, too, wish every search for cancer ended that way. So glad you got such good news and can now reflect on your blessings.

Alica said...

I enjoyed reading your post...you had me right there with you in that room! So glad your results were good!

Debbie said...

thanks for sharing this personal and very difficult time.

once from a hospital room, i opened the curtains with a straw and took pictures of the sunrise.

you have to live this to really know it and appreciate the view!!

Samantha said...

Absolutely loved this post..so glad your results were good!

Terry and Linda said...

What a beatiful moon shot. I keep trying and can NEVER get a good photo of the moon!

I agree with the other posters...a very moving tribute to good health and to you being cancer free!

Linda
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susan m hinckley said...

A lovely post, Leenie. You have a gift for finding beauty and for sharing it. Thanks for that.

And I LOVED your Idaho post. I don't know what to say about Idaho. I never have. I do have a lot of Idaho jokes in my pocket as a result of growing up in Utah. Now that I live in Minnesota, I have crossed out Idaho and substituted Iowa in the punchlines, because Iowa is our Idaho here. I can tell you that I spent some memorable days at Lava Hot Springs in my youth, but I honestly cannot tell you where Lava Hot Springs is located. Does it actually exist, or is that just a phantom memory?

Far Side of Fifty said...

And here the time change makes me all cranky..guess I better count my blessings..I am so glad you were found Cancer free..beautiful words:)

Linda Sue said...

Yup, with you on that wish...

Anzu said...

Although several years have passed, I also can't forget the hospitalized days when I had spent lonely and uneasy nights. Let's run far away together from the damned disease. I believe smile and cheerfulness make us healthy.