Arms Wide Open

I went to the hospital and stayed overnight. It was a little adventure. I’ve never had to go to the hospital before (except for the day I was born). I was there for laparoscopic surgery as I continue to manage living with endometriosis.

The anesthesia made me super lovey dovey. In recovery, I sang praises to my doctor and the nurses. I remember asking one nurse to fetch my husband so I could tell him I was bursting with love for him.

Later, I ate Jell-O. Can’t tell you the last time I had that. I forgot how good it tastes.

Now I’m back home. I thought I’d be in heaven with nothing to do for the next few days but veg out. I was wrong. I’m itching to get back into my regular routine. For now, I have a stack of magazines and books to keep me occupied. One book is Arms Wide Open by Patricia Harman.

I loved her book The Blue Cotton Gown (stories about patients she meets as a nurse midwife). This is the prequel, and it’s about how she first became a home-birth midwife. It’s also about the challenges of living on a commune. Fascinating read.

Have you read any good books lately? I could use some recommendations.

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