I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I certainly did. Friends, family, presents, cats, and a day in the hospital…what more could anyone ask for?
The hospital part isn’t as bad as it sounds. Dan was on call on Christmas Day, and I couldn’t stand the thought of leaving him alone at the hospital on Christmas. So, I camped out in the residents’ on-call room all day and evening, catching glimpses of him as he ran between patients.
After only seeing him for one or two minutes at a time, it looked like we were going to get a full dinner together, but shortly after we sat down to eat, the loudspeaker announced a code. His response time was incredible, and he shot out of there to perform CPR on someone. I sat there, fork still in midair, watching the door close behind him.
I’m thankful that my family was willing to celebrate Christmas a little early this year, so we didn’t have to open presents between resuscitations.
My big Christmas surprise this year was a piano from my hubby. It’s one of those realistic electric types that I can plug headphones into when he’s post-call and sleeping in the middle of the day, or when I’ve got insomnia and feel like playing a little Chopin at 2:00 a.m. (which has been known to happen). What a thoughtful guy!
The Transformers that I gave him don’t exactly hold a candle to that surprise (although it’s awfully cute seeing him re-living his childhood with those things)!
The piano came at just the right time because shortly after Christmas, we both came down with the stomach flu, and about all I was good for was laying on the couch and reading, watching TV, or plinking around on the piano (with vomit bucket near by).
I’ve been out of commission for a few days, but mercifully, food is slowly starting to look better. Dan sprang back into action after a relatively short period of convalescence, making me grossly envious of his immune system. I think guys just bounce back from these things faster, but I don’t have any proof or studies to back me up on it.
The main reason I’m writing today is to remind you all that my book contest is rapidly coming to a close. Your last chance for submissions is on the 31st. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, and you started salivating at the mention of a contest, click here to learn more about the upcoming drawing for a free book.