I always dreamed of being able to spend winters in a warmer, sunnier place. After all, Bellingham, Washington is the number one city with the least sunshine…largely because it is dark, cloudy and dreary all winter (read October to June).
Western Washington is a magically beautiful place. It is also the birthplace of Starbucks and this is for good reason. This time of year the “sun” rises at about 8:00 am and sets around 3:30 pm. On a sunny day we have the glorious view of Mt. Baker, our neighboring volcano.
So hearing today that I am to schedule my flight for San Diego should have me doing nothing but a dance of pure happiness! Weather in the 70’s and sunshine!
I finally got the schedule for my final tests and meeting the surgical team in San Diego today for my kidney donation. It seems a little surreal and a little scary and a lot exciting all at once.
I will be flying out in two weeks! Right before Christmas week we should be getting the dates ironed out for surgery. This process has taken so long that it seemed like it would never really happen. Now it is beginning to seem real.
I still have no doubt that I want to go forward with the donation. I still have no worry about my long term health or the outcome of the surgery, I trust the doctors and the testing process to have the least risk possible.
I trust my husband to care for my children and dogs while I am recovering. I trust the people who will care for my horse while I am not well enough to ride. I trust my coworkers to handle my case load of clients while I can’t work.
With a lot of unflattering soul searching I think my biggest worry is that I WON’T be missed at all!