I try really hard to to stay in the "here and now" and not spend too much time thinking about those things that make me sad. When I do, I cry a little and then go for a long walk on the treadmill down stairs. It helped at 5am this morning, as I knew it would.
We were picked up for church by a member of the ward. They were all amazingly friendly, offering dinners, rides, their homes and more. The ward is made up of people who are employed at the clinic - doctors, nurses, techs, volunteers, interns, fellows, and residents. Many of them seem to know what amyloid is and have seen it before. That we are grateful for - it reminds us that we are in the right place. We met the fellow that is training to be a cardio-thoracic surgeon. He is the one who retrieves the heart and brings it back to Mayo and on the side, he teaches Gospel Doctrine. We are pleased we have been met with open arms and by people who are so friendly and giving.
Things I am grateful for:
- Our children are all in a good place in their lives.
- My girls are being cared for (even though Rebecca is an adult - it's good to have grandma around).
- Friends and family at home who are concerned for us and for our children.
- Friends from all over that have contacted us and sent their love.
- A treadmill in the building.
- A beautiful fountain outside the Mayo that allows me to relax. (There is something about water.)
- Modern technology that allows us to communicate and feel connected.
- The "Clinic"