There's a quote in one of my favorite books, The Passion by Jeanette Winterson: You play, you win. You play, you lose. You play. Her intent behind these words is to say life is a gamble and unless we take risks, we are not fully living our lives.
But once again, my husband is in the hospital, and this time he is not there because of a cycling accident. Wednesday evening he called me from work at the usual time. I picked up the phone expecting my husband to tell me he was on his way home, but this past Wednesday he called to tell me he was having acute pain in the center of his abdomen. He said he'd wait half and hour to see if it would abate and then try to drive home. A half hour later he flagged down a co-worker who happened to have training as an EMT. His coworker did a quick assessment and called for an ambulance. At 11:30 at night, after a CT scan, my husband called to tell me the hospital would find a spot for him in the surgery schedule the next day. I thought to myself, "Surely he must be joking." One minute he has a stomach ache and the next minute he is being scheduled for surgery.
Now my Mr. B. is recovering from surgery and we are waiting for pathology results to find out what we're dealing with. Things are a little difficult around here and I hope you'll keep my husband in your thoughts...
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
-- Albert Einstein