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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.
Tuesday, September 17, 2002  
Visit to Dr. Spigel

Brian, here, but there's no cause for alarm. Mom is just having modem trouble. She should be back up and running online tomorrow.

Mom went to see Dr. Spigel today where it was discovered that the chemo has made her anemic by messing up her white/red blood cell ratio. He gave her a shot of Procrit. She will see him again in 2 weeks. He says that there's no danger in holding off on the chemo. The pathology of the samples from her surgery looked very good. The surgeons took out 3 lymph nodes which were inflamed but were not cancerous. He thinks 98% of the cancer is gone but won't know for sure until they are able to do a scan. He's not sure exactly when that will be since Mom hasn't healed from the infection and surgery yet.

Mom will go back to Vanderbilt to see Dr. Burkey tomorrow.

10:51:00 PM

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