Wednesday, October 1, 2014

that day.

that day i walked the halls of OHSU.

i knew finn was well. i wasn't afraid for him. he fell asleep peacefully for a sedated scan. we were checking his spine abnormality, though it hasn't caused any problems for him thus far.
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the nurses were so kind.
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there was a mix of patients, families of patients, students, and health professionals walking the halls with me. i could almost tell by their pace who was who.
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that day i fell in love with hospitals all over again.
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i felt renewed purpose and strength and desire. after a summer away from school i found my heart fainting.
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walking into the hospital chapel i felt love enfold me. i felt passion and enthusiasm. i saw what could be.
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i wanted to belong here at this hospital. or another.
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i wanted to walk these halls again and again, only faster.
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i thought about finn under the care of such able individuals. how did they become so? they went through the furnace of frustrating assignments. the refinement of character that comes from trekking a steep, upward climb.
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now i am back in school. and discouraged. but looking through these pictures has kindled, once again, that hope that if i keep climbing eventually i can accomplish that height.
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it was so fun to see finny wake up to the sweet stuffed animals the nurse placed around him. a giraffe to watch over him. a pet puppy with an owie on the same side as his. i just loved that woman.
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apple juice and one last picture in his special pajamas.
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then a ride about in a wheelchair and a slice of pizza from the cafeteria.
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plus a tram ride over portland for the cherry on top.
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that day i walked the halls of OHSU i found love, and hope, and courage.
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and finn came home one happy adventurer.

he even called his dad on the car ride to let his new puppy tell him about the day. (which made everybody laugh because the taco bell dog actually talked into the phone saying, "you are getting hungry, very hungry.")

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