|Inside of St. Peter's in Rome (Gregg took this on his business trip)|
On Monday, Paul Dudley (of Paul Dudley Photography) & I went to Seattle Children's Hospital, and had the privilege and pleasure of interviewing two of Katie's doctors and her physical therapist on video. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this process, once I got over being nervous. It was probably the best day of "work" I've ever had in my life.
I had asked for 5 minutes from each of them, and led with the question: What did you learn from taking care of Katie that you would like to teach to students?
After thinking it over, I wondered if that might be a bit too general, so I invited them to look at about 5 more questions, and choose any or all of them. They embraced the group of questions, and between the three of them, they talked for an hour - an hour of gems of wisdom, experience, compassion, insight and caring. I was inspired and grateful to be part of it. And I deeply enjoyed being in the interviewer's chair, rather than being the speaker - I think I felt like Oprah for an hour, and it felt good!
I don't want to give away too much, but I will say that being able to listen in depth to the surgeon who worked for 16 of the 18 hours of Katie's surgery, saved her life, and dealt with each of us with care and compassion, was an experience beyond what I could have hoped for. I will always respect and love that man for what he did for Katie, and for us. He gave us several months of additional time with our precious girl, and he gave her a chance to live without that tumor. He is a light in the world, as is Dr. B & Linda A., who also gave us fabulous words to share with students.
Tuesday brought another trip to the city, just for fun, with my mom and lunch with Laura. Wednesday was laundry, massage therapy, exercise, Costco, and a pub date with my husband. We still haven't been inside of the new Trader Joe's, but that is on my list!
Today, I cooked a pork roast in the crockpot, and had Laura over for brunch (she made delicious nut & chocolate chip pancakes with fruit sauce for us). Laura needs her own cooking show; she is making up all kinds of awesome gluten-free, dairy-free, low-sugar treats! We made a lightning-fast visit to Poulsbo, to run errands at Grounds for Change and Liberty Bay Books. Then Gregg's parents joined us for dinner. What a fun day!
Tomorrow, I will be catching up on Guild business, more laundry, errands, exercise and hosting my parents for dinner.
Saturday is Camp Goodtimes set-up, and moving my in-laws into their new home (assisted living).
Now, it's time for bed. I hope to be able to check in with all of you soon, but it's a very busy time here. Please know that I am thinking of all of my blog peeps and wishing you well, even if I'm not visiting at the moment!