As I had hoped our trip to Baltimore relieved all my fears about Nick’s arm. Within minutes Dr.Standard explained it all to me compared to having spent hours in the er and gaining little understanding. Ok I should explain that it was minutes with Dr.Standard not minutes at the RIAO ; ) But it’s that ability to communicate that is the icing on the cake that is Dr.Standard. Some call him the wizard but really it is his humanity, I think, that makes him able to look at a scared Mom, explain what’s wrong and make it all feel alright. Plus promising Nick will be in something removable by the time we go on vacation is just awesome!
That’s the RIAO though. It is my comfort zone and Nick’s too. He is so at ease there. He even made a friend. A boy about his age shared the cast room with us. He had broken his arm 8 weeks prior and had it reset at another hospital but when his cast came off his arm was bent. He was an awesome sweet kid and had a kind mom and dad. It was doubly good cause this awesome kid also liked to play bay blades and I was not in the mood to battle. Bess required my attention. Searching YouTube for Dora videos takes concentration.
So it was a good visit at Sinai but it was a bit of a trip to get there. I blew a tire on a curb trying to pull into a McDonalds to get lunch. Oddly enough once I realized what was wrong or what I suspected I turned off the busy road I was on to try to pull over and could not find a place to park safely. I basically drove on the rim for two more blocks and ended up pulling into a little auto shop. Totally by chance. The gentleman who worked there stopped what he was doing, sold me a new tire and sent me on my way. Had I had a spare he would have put that on but I only had a donut. The random discovery of the auto shop and the kind man turned what could have been one of those “WTF” moments into a reminder of how good life is. Because it’s just life. Hard stuff happens and if you’re lucky you find kind people to help along the way.
And I am lucky! I really am. I am lucky to have connected with so many wonderful people (in a variety of settings). Today was one of those weird days when coincidences happen, connections, plans and general good stuff. Small stuff but the kind of stuff that if you appreciate it makes life good.
For instance, yesterday our ac broke. We just bought this house a few weeks ago. An expensive repair would have been debilitating. A new friend recommended a repair company and it tuned out to be an inexpensive fix. That felt like good luck to me. I love the ac. I felt kind of guilty for loving it so much. When it went out I worried my honeymoon with our new home would end but it didn’t. Even sweaty I love it.
I had told a neighbor that I loved it so much here but I worried the honeymoon would end. He said for him the honeymoon lasted 30 years! We are in an amazing community in a beautiful setting with tons of opportunity for involvement. It is what I was looking for when I knew we would have to move and I found it. It feels kind of miraculous sometimes. Is it perfect? No, but it’s real and it’s great. It’s the kind of place I feel will embrace Nicholas through his surgeries and lift him up. Folks have already been so kind.
I left my peaceful little rural mini forest and yet I am still surrounded by beautiful trees. I left so many of my loves but I know love travels and endures distance just fine. This is not our first move so we knew that already. Our old town will always feel like home because of the people who are still there. I can’t imagine not feeling at home in a house full of Curley’s as there has been at my mother and father-in-laws lately. I can’t wait to have a house full here!
So for now it’s all ok and that’s good enough for me.