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Things are better.

Mom got home from the hospital Christmas eve. She was minus her gall bladder, but feeling a lot better. She certainly sounded like her old self, and the way she tells it the nurses were happy to see the back of her, and she was not meek and quiet about their uneven level of care. The quote of note: "If there is one thing that I have learned working at ____ its that if you are complacent you get shit on."

On the reproductive front we are obviously going to try again. We knew it was worse than 50/50 odds on any given cycle. I'm feeling inclined to 'fire my dice' as my gamers put it, only I'm not sure how I would go about it. If only there actually were physical dice involved, I'm usually lucky with them.

My mood was improved greatly by the Christmas gift Warren got me. Its a beautiful sapphire and diamond pendant. Does that sound shallow, the fact that a bauble can cheer me up out of my reproductive woes? I'm sure some people would think so. On the other hand, my husband went out and picked something elegant and beautiful for me, and spent his hard-earned money on it. Now I have this wonderful beautiful thing that helps remind me of just how much he loves me. If there's a silver lining to the whole reproductive mess its that I often get reminders of just what a wonderful man I married. He'll make a really great father... someday. Someday soon, I hope.
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firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: December 29th, 2006 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
A book that I only really know about because chenoameg has read it is about the five "languages of love" - acts of service, gifts, words of affirmation, physical affection, quality time. I'm also a "gifts" person, and it's very reassuring to hear it described as just one out of five sorts of ways of feeling loved, rather than being shallow or greedy or whatever. :)

Gifts aren't about shiny treasures to sit on like dragons; they're little tangible incarnations of "I was thinking of you, and went and found this, because I thought it would make you happy." Becoming unhappy is often caused by non-logical reactions, so it's good to have non-logical reactions that can make us happy again too.
coraline From: coraline Date: December 29th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah... i felt very weird when everyone on my friendslist was filling out the "five love languages" meme, and EVERYONE poo-poo'ed gifts. i mean, it's not my top one either, but i do like actual gifts, and for the reasons you give.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: December 29th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad things are better, and that your mom is doing ok.
twe From: twe Date: December 29th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're feeling cheerier. (It's funny the things that can cheer you up. Seeing another MINI on the road still makes me smile. :)

I'm glad your Mom is feeling better too. Did she finally tell the staff that she didn't care whether no one had ever been discharged directly from intensive care before, she was leaving tomorrow whether they discharged her or not, so they had best start getting the paperwork ready? Not that I know any mothers who did that. :)

greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: December 30th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
No, not quite. What she did was as soon as she was able to wheel her IV hanger around, she wheeled it down to the nurses station and asked them if they didn't want to see why this alarm was going off, the one that they had not been responding to for quite some time.
enugent From: enugent Date: December 29th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you and your mom are both feeling better. I agree that Warren will be a top-notch father. Better luck next month!
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