Today I was thinking about my mom quite a bit. I went to the pediatric cardiologist, and as I sat filling out the paperwork, I looked around and thought of how many forms like those my mom had filled out for me. I was thinking how I used to go visit my cardiologist every December when I was a girl, and we would travel to Cincinnati to Children's Hospital for the appointment, no matter where we lived. Today there were flurries falling, and with the Christmas season coming, I could remember those days so well. When I got old enough to care, I would choose to wear my favorite outfit on that day. I knew Mom and I would go downtown, just the two of us, and usually we would try to meet my Aunt Sandy for lunch, if she were available. Aunt San worked at Children's Hospital as a surgical nurse, and it was so fun to meet her in her scrubs, and the three of us go eat in the cafeteria together. I knew Mom would let me get some sort of fun and yummy cafeteria dessert to eat, and it was great to sit and listen to Mom and Aunt Sandy talk. It was rare to be alone with two grown-ups in those days. :)
I can't help but wonder if Mom had a hard time with those annual visits. I know that fear and worry was something she battled her whole life. She used to post Bible verses up around the house to meditate on, to help her with her worry. She never acted nervous, that I can remember, but then again, I never had anything but glowing reports. Still, I'm sure that there was some aspect of fear or worry each time we went through the EKGs and Echos. Perhaps she wondered if my heart was still functioning normally. Perhaps she was afraid she'd hear something other than "see you next year!" at the end of the appointment. If so, she never let on.
|Dr. Benzing and me when I'm about 9 or so|
I was not fearful, because Mom did not appear to be. And I'm really thankful for that.
Here is a post I wrote about my birth and heart surgery.