Pete Hanson’s Daily Blog: A Little Reminder
A good friend of mine is having a tumor removed today, and it brings back all kinds of memories for me. I wish he and his family the best of luck. My wife and I have walked many a mile in those shoes.
I can give you a very brief medical history of my last seven years by saying that if hospitals had frequent flier programs, I would be at the double-diamond-platinum-medallion-gold-wings level. I would get to check-in through the special little line reserved only for travelers like myself. They would greet me by name when I boarded the plane (Hello, Mr Hanson, can I get you a warm blanket?). It would be free drinks, free flights, free peanuts, and I would check my bags at no additional charge.
I think of my friend today, and I remember smells, tastes, experiences, and people. I remember sounds, procedures, drugs, and shots. The most powerful memories that come flooding back are those of feelings. Questions, worries, fear, ups & downs, more questions, and hope (you can’t have to much hope).
My friend and his family are obviously worried. The fear of the unknown can be pretty powerful. I remember times when bad news was better that not knowing. I can do something about bad news. There is a path to take. A job to do. Not knowing however, is different. Not knowing is worrisome.
I think I had an idea, or a point to all of this when I started typing, but that has faded away and all I want to do is wish my friend and his family the best today, and say a little prayer for them. You will know more at the end of the day than you do now. There is comfort in that.
The rest of us should all take a minute, and celebrate our health. Easy to take for granted. Very easy.