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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.
Thursday, October 03, 2002  

I had a good birthday. I met Sally and had lunch at the Green Hills Grill. I ordered spinach and portabello mushroom lasagne which was enough for 3 meals. I kept eating it and it never seemed to get smaller. They put it in a box for me to take home, and I asked Sally to feel how heavy it was! It was really good, so I'm glad I have some more to look forward to. Thanks to those of you who sent cards and sent wishes for my birthday. It made me feel special. :-)

I had a productive conversation with Dr. Burkey's nurse today. I got a message yesterday from the receptionist saying he wasn't going to be there on Oct. 14 and they changed my appointment to Dec. 2. I called to ask if Dr. Burkey knew it was changed to December and that I didn't think he would want me to wait that long, but if it is OK with him, I'm fine with it. She said she'd leave a message and get back to me, so his nurse called to say she didn't think he'd want to wait that long either. She told me things to look for to check the progress of this wound. It sounds as if it's doing really well. Jean Smith says it is healing well and looks clean and all. The big thing to avoid is infection which is being avoided. So she's going to call me tomorrow and let me know when to come. I might see Dr. Metheny if I have to wait until the beginning of November to see Dr. Burkey.

I told her Dr. Spigel was going to call Dr. Burkey to see when I can resume chemo, and she said she thought it wouldn't be until my neck was healed. Chemo wreaks havoc with all kinds of things. It's not going to hurt anything to wait Dr. Spigel said. It really scares me to think of having chemo again, but I'm sure I'll get a low dose this time. I made a point of asking that and know he believes me now about how sensitive and responsive I am to medication.

We talked quite a while, and she told me to call her anytime I needed anything. Based on what she said, this is looking just the way it needs to. It's still going to take a long time to heal, but it's making progress.

7:42:00 PM

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