From Baltimore with love
Saturday May 25th 2013, 5:01 pm
Filed under: Crohn's flare,Family,Friends,Life

We had a wonderful time at the lunch Thursday–but I would have given so much to have been able to stand outside in the bright summer sun afterwards and chat some more with Scott and his mom where the noise of the restaurant would have been a door behind us and he and I both could have heard better. There are moments where I highly regret my lupus. But it is what it is. And it was so joyful to see them. He sent us home with a collection of his photography, and he does such beautiful work. Alaska was well represented, and I hope someday to see some of it too–and I reminded him of the postcard he sent me from there when I was in the hospital the first time, of a sign warning no going beyond this point: bear danger.

A very large bear was leaning casually on the sign, all his world before his eyes.

We took Sam and her roommate Maria and Karen out to lunch yesterday as a final hurrah before the airport and then got home late last night, and on the first leg of the flight I sat next to someone who was clearly studying nursing.

Or maybe she was brushing up, but it’s always best to guess on the one side rather than the other, so when the plane landed and I could hear, I asked her if she were a nurse?

Oh, no, not yet, she said with a pleased smile, but she would be graduating in December.

Oh cool! I thanked her: “A nurse saved my life.” I told her I had been in the hospital with Crohn’s disease, I had had temporary diabetes on the IV steroids, and during a shift change a nurse I didn’t know had poked her head in the door in my room and gone, I don’t like the looks of you. She had checked my blood sugar: 32!  And falling.

Oh wow! said the young woman at that number.

I have heard from enough sources that it is hard in many workplaces to be a beginning nurse, and everyone has to start somewhere–so I wanted her to come into it knowing that the patients appreciate what she will do. I thanked her for going into nursing.

She was coming to see her dad…she hesitated…and her grandma for the last time. Her husband had told her to go, just go, and I could just picture a very young couple with no means really yet agonizing over the price of the plane ticket; she had flown from Columbus to San Diego via Baltimore, a long day but the cheapest flight. I chuckled; we were coming from Baltimore to San Jose via San Diego, same reason. A long day.

I told her we had flown in December to see my mother-in-law for the last time, that we’d had a wonderful visit and had been so glad we’d gone.

We had enough layover to grab a fruit smoothie from a vendor whose shop was right against the gate and get back on the next plane. I know, I know. But it is Richard and Kim’s anniversary this weekend so we will see them and Parker and Hudson next week, and our son John made the long drive home for this weekend because at the last minute some friends needed a fellow driver and back.

He is here now. We are home, too. Life is good.



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Glad that all the travel went smooth(y)ly and also that you assured the young woman that she was doing the right thing, both in terms of profession and the trip. They may struggle for a while financially, but she will always be glad to have made that visit.

Comment by Margo Lynn 05.26.13 @ 3:45 am

I love the way you always find a way to spread your light!

Comment by Jody 05.26.13 @ 5:53 am

Bless you, Alison… and that young soon to be nurse and her family.

Comment by Channon 05.26.13 @ 6:10 am

That was one lucky young lady to have a seat next to you. Jody gave the reason why!

Comment by Don Meyer 05.26.13 @ 10:20 am

I’ve been reading the posts backward after some travel of my own (work, not much worth posting about) and won’t have time to comment on all, so I will comment on all at once. I think I’ve discovered your magic. You see the connections that are likely there for all of us. And it makes me feel more connected as you share them. Thank you (as I am sure that young nurse-to-be is also doing).

Comment by twinsetellen 05.31.13 @ 5:19 am

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