Day 759: We go on

This post may go on for a while, since there was a lot going on yesterday.

The first thing I needed to do yesterday — after going on about tests in this blog post — was to go on into work.

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As you can see, we are going on — in Boston, Massachusetts USA —  despite quite the blizzard.

Penny the Pen …

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goes on adventures with me these days. That chair is where my patients usually sit as we go on, in therapy sessions,  about many important issues. Yesterday, the hospital-based primary care practice where I go on practicing individual and group psychotherapy was closed down, due to all the snow that had gone on the day before.

We go on with the support of competent, caring people, don’t you think? Where I work, one of those people is Chris.

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Chris is one of those people who cares so much that she’ll go on into work even when the practice is closed. In that photo, you can see her hands going on about their business, as I went on taking that photo in her office.

Soon after I took that photo, I told Chris I had to go on to a scheduled cardiac test at Children’s Hospital, across the street.

I’ll go on, briefly now,  about that scheduled cardiac CT scan. My doctors — who I tend to go on about in this blog (like here, here, and here) — prefer to go on solid data about my very unusual heart, as we make some difficult decisions about heart surgery. The cardiac CT scan, going on at hospitals near me, should help with that (especially for a heart like mine, which goes on despite a backwards design).

Here are some photos of me going on to the cardiac CT scan at Children’s Hospital, yesterday:

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It takes courage for me to go on through those doors, since scary and painful things were going on around me in that hospital, when I was growing up.

We go on healing, throughout our lives, from painful experiences when we were younger. For me, returning to old places, in a new way, helps, as does taking photos as I go on:

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Kind and competent people helped me go on through that unfamiliar test, yesterday.

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Melissa and I are going on, there, about a new device that helps her find a good-enough vein for the CT scan. Because Melissa did not believe that she was photogenic (even though I went on about how untrue that was), I used Penny as a stunt double for her:

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Melissa and Del (not pictured) got the needle and the IV to go on through my vein like it was supposed to.

Ouch!

Shall we go on, in this story, to the cardiac CT scan room?

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We Bostonians — whether we’re adults, children, patients, or treaters — do go on about the Red Sox.

I shall go on, now, and  introduce you to Kara

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… who is standing next to her portrait in the CT scan room’s giant mural.  Kara’s story about that mural reminded me that we go on, despite tragedies in our lives. The mural was designed by a man whose sister had died young, and he used her huge vinyl record collection to create the images on the wall.

Kara showed me how one co-worker, because of where she’s located in the mural, gets teased about having a split personality:

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I could go on and on about the kindness of Kara and Melissa, who took care of me with heated blankets during the CT scan procedure and ginger ale and snacks after it was all over:

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That was my first ginger ale in about 50 years! When I was a kid at Children’s Hospital, ginger ale was the only drink they had going on there, and I haven’t been able to stomach it since … until I decided to try it again, yesterday.

We go on, when we try things with a new perspective. That ginger ale tasted delicious.

After the cardiac CT scan, I had to go on to more tests at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, nearby.

I passed by this room, at Children’s Hospital

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dedicated to the cardiologist who helped my parents and me go on, when I was born with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries.

Before I go on too long about my Day of Tests yesterday,  here’s a photo I quickly snapped of the Pulmonary Functioning Test (PFT) Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital:

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After that test, I went down to the lobby of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and saw this:

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A memorial — created by his co-workers — to Michael J. Davidson, the cardiac surgeon who was shot and killed last week.

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We go on, as best we can.

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I then went on home, as Pat Metheny’s “We Go On” played in my headphones.

(“We Go On” is going on at YouTube, here and now.)

As usual, music I love helped me go on, and I saw all this:

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Many thanks to Chris, Melissa, Del, Kara, Dr. Nadas, Dr. Michael Davidson, Pat Metheny, and all the kind people who have helped me go on in my life — including you, for visiting me here today.

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28 thoughts on “Day 759: We go on

  1. A tough yet poignant day for you Ann. Thank you for sharing the ups and downs!
    So glad Penny was with you. She makes a great stunt double doesn’t she 🙂
    Hugs
    xo

  2. Rock on Penny! All those hospital visits much be quite stressful

  3. You went on through that difficult day and even found (as usual) some humor. You went on through all that snow which looks pretty scary to this desert rat.
    The memorial to Dr. Davidson made me cry.

  4. This is beautiful Ann. Thank you for sharing your journey with us❤️

  5. I am grateful you go on, in all kinds of weather, and bring joy and light where ever you go. even in the dark and difficult places, you cast light.

    Wow re the snow.

    And how touching and humbling a memorial. Many hugs beautiful Ann.

  6. Kara has such a wonderful smile, her caring personality shines through it. I was taken with how you fight your past demons to move forward in a healthy way- the ginger ale, conquering the fears of the situations you faced as a child and throughout your life by facing them anew as an adult from a different perspective, and forging ahead. Penny’s smiling face and wild hair are enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Have a good day!

  7. So much did go on yesterday Ann! I saw on the news that a community just outside Boston had 12 homes that were destroyed. It looks like some kind of ice kingdom!

    I wish the hospitals didn’t carry so many painful childhood memories for you. It must be tough sometimes to go there. Isn’t it weird that your distaste of gingerale has nothing to do with its actual taste? You are one of the bravest people I know Ann. I’m so glad that you are surrounded by caring professionals. ❤
    Diana xo

  8. A beautiful post. I have tears in my eyes.

  9. difficulties & tests expressed
    & received as usual;
    gifts of optimism,
    joy & lightness 🙂

  10. This was a real laugh and cry post. Love the notice about being nice to kids and Penny’s appearances, totally miserable about the doctor wantonly killed.

  11. Some days it’s harder to go on than others, Ann, but every day I’m glad that I go on reading your words and looking at your pictures.

    For you today, my friend, one of my favorite 70s bands with one of their crazy little songs.

  12. Very good story of your important day. I am hoping the result is good.

  13. That is perfect snow surfing weather. Your sense of humour is fantastic as ever

  14. Pingback: Day 767: Obvious | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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