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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Monday, September 09, 2002  
Visit From Dr. Spigel

Dr. Spigel came to see Mom yesterday and he said that in 31 years of practice he has never seen a reaction to chemotherapy like the one she had. He confirmed what we thought: The chemo was too effective. It killed more of the tumors than they expected it to and Mom's body couldn't handle the quantity of matter. Because the tumors were in her lymphatic system they had nowhere to go. Dr. Spigel assured Mom that she would not have to go through this again. He is suspending her treatments for a few weeks until she recovers from the infection problems. He suspects that 90% of the tumors are gone but since he hasn't seen the scans he isn't positive.

Dr. Chang (one of the ENT surgeons) changed her dressing again and said that there has been no change in her condition so she will definitely be in the hospital for a few more days. Mom is feeling much better physically, emotionally and mentally than she did yesterday.

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