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In Sickness and In Health

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I’ve been camped out for the last couple of weeks in Baltimore, MD. We came here so Lou, my husband, could have surgery at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital. We live in New England, near a pretty significant medical mecca. But his surgery is known to be extremely complex, and the most accomplished surgeon for this surgery – in the world – is located here. So here we are. And on an up note, please know that the surgery went well and Lou is recovering, after a bit of a bump, even better than expected.

After his surgery, Lou was placed in the Intensive Care Unit, as is the standard procedure. When I was finally allowed to go into the ICU to be with him, I don’t know why, but I was surprised by his appearance. He looked so very tired, almost beaten. But nevertheless he managed a smile. And I said to him, “I’m here. I’m going to stay to make sure you’re okay.” And he said, “Yes, we’re a team.”

A “team.” It’s easy, even fun, to be part of a team when things are going well. But this…well, it really threw us for a loop. Our “team” has been blessed with good health for a very long time. But do know, this is not the first time the team has faced tough issues of many sorts, and we’ve weathered the storms. And as is the case with all Class A teams, we celebrate each other’s strengths, and do our best to compensate for the weaknesses. So we’ll learn from this experience and it, too, will make us stronger.

Kinda nice to be Co-Captain of a winning team!

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