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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Things I Have Learned

Lessons learned lately (not a comprehensive list):

  • The Pittsburgh motto: "You can't get there from here" is not limited to the city itself, but includes the hospitals within.  No, you cannot get to the 7th floor of Mercy Hospital this week.  Except you can, except you have to take the green elevator to the 1st or 5th floors and go to the purple elevators, do the hokey pokey and say, "hocus pocus" three times.

  • Someone has it WAY worse than you.  And he's right down the hall.
  • This is what it's like to be a single, working mom.
  • In grief: joy.  From the mud: a daffodil.
  • Doctors breeze in and out, but nurses are the infantry.
  • Many people who know Ian well didn't know his first name is really James.
  • (some) Hospital food is not that bad.  Good, in fact.
  • We produce, on average, a cup of SECRETIONS* a day, but we swallow them so we don't notice. (Ian doesn't have this luxury. Yet.)
  • Sign your will before you can't write ;)
  • This is how it looks when a community rallies.  These are the hands and feet of the Body.  This is how my peeps ROLL.   I can't wait to return the favor(s).
  • It costs $4/day to watch teevee at the hospital.  I guess they have to pay for the incredible amount of single-use vacuum sealed plastic apparatus they go through in a day ...
  • The "INFORMATION" sign at the information desk really DOES need some quotation marks.  Or the irony font (which has yet to be invented).  

And now, your moment of zen:

jailbreak! with proper permission, of course :)

*I haaaaaaaaaaaate this word.


  1. I hate that word too... as well as "moist" yuk!

  2. mucus! okay now that I got that out of the way, YEAH for an outdoor trip! Praise God that His peeps are doing what we are called to do in a real way for you!! Miss you & love you.