Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Be Here Now: Sweet Sigh of Relief

Today the tide turned and good news arrived.

First, I found out that the problem with Blogger I discovered on Saturday has been fixed. I breathed a sigh of relief when I logged in and found everything functioning normally for the first time in several days. I don't want to seem melodramatic, but this is a critical month for posting daily blogs and the thought that my blog provider was having technical problems made me nervous. Thank goodness it is fixed!

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Second, my LYLAS best friend Cyndie continues on the road to recovery. Yesterday she went from the ICU to a step-down unit. I felt so happy to see her when I visited her last night. (I'll save the rant about how my fibromyalgia is all flared-up today for another time.) I was even happier when she told me that the pending lab tests came back normal. Sure she was a bit loopy from the pain medications and tired from the ordeal, but just seeing her made me feel much better.

I talked to her by phone this evening and it looks like she will be transferred to a regular ward tomorrow. Today she was reintroduced to liquids and tomorrow perhaps puree (yum!) She told me she spent the day walking around the nurses' station and up and down the hallway in front of her room. By the time I caught her in her room and was able to talk to her this evening at ten to eight, she was tired. We talked about 25 minutes and I could tell that she remains in good spirits and can't wait to get out of the hospital and back home.

I am struck by how yesterday I was worried and today I am relieved. Looking back at these moments, I can see just how transitory emotions and situations can be. Perhaps this is the reason being in the moment is so important; get lost in the past or get caught up in daydreams about the future and you could miss something meaningful and important in the present.

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