I am 5 weeks beyond surgery, and so was fairly confident that this drain would finally come out at my appointment today, and I would be free of its tubing and holding pouch, measuring and recording daily output, etc. Also the lymph node biopsy site can’t seem to heal. I came away from my appointment feeling a little disappointed that I’m still hooked to the drain. If not completely healed by the 17th, it could postpone my chemo beginning date. Let’s pray it’s all resolved by next week’s visit.
While on the elevator trip down, a 24 year old double leg amputee in a wheelchair, asked if I liked Renee Zellweger (the actress) . He was so proud to show off the pictures of himself with her when she came to visit the soldiers there at Walter Reed. I couldn’t help but remember that someone like him has it so much worse than someone like me, and yet he finds happiness in just the little things in life and shares them with others! So that is what I am trying to take away from my day there…find the little things, the small joys, and then pass them along to brighten someone else’s day. In the big scheme of things, I am learning to put life’s little curve balls into perspective.
By the way, if you would like to brighten the day of a wounded soldier at Walter Reed Hospital, here’s the address to mail it to OR you can always mail it to me and I will hand it to them in person (and you can be SURE they’ll receive it)! I am there once or twice a week for my treatment! They love to interact with people as they wheel around in their wheel chairs and some have one leg , one arm, some have none and some have prosthetic legs they are learning to get around on. Who knows where their families are? Many are wheeling themselves around with both arms, nobody pushing them. It would mean a lot to know that SOMEONE is thinking of them and recognizing their tremendous sacrifice for our country! This must be a very difficult time of year for them.
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Card for a Hero c/o Koryn Hutchison, 12744 Quarterhorse Ln, Woodbridge, VA 22192