Posted by: Deanna | August 26, 2008

Facing Her Fear

We wanted out of the house yesterday. And we had the Explorer. So off we went.

We set out to go to the surgical center so we would be sure of where it was Friday morning. We were sidetracked, though, when I decided to check out another of Georgia’s State Parks that is near us.

We got off the interstate in Richmond Hill, just south of us, and followed the signs to Fort McAllister State Park. Since this was a spur of the moment decision, I didn’t have my camera, so I have no pictures to share with you today.

It’s a really nice park! A bit small, but has a great day area and I nice little campground. The lady in the museum let us in to check out the campground. There were only a few campers there, but this coming weekend it will be full!

We sat on the swings in the picnic area after walking down a fishing dock where there was a family trying their luck with rods and reels. We talked about this and that, nothing specific, just chatted under the pine trees, swinging back and forth enjoying the day.

We left the park making plans to take Bill back on Wednesday. He has a doctor appointment that morning and hopefully he’ll be able to take the rest of the day off. Mary wants to go into the museum there at the park and walk to the fort.

We found the surgical center without any problem. We parked and went inside. I thought it would be good for Mary to see where she was going before Friday. The nurses there were so wonderful! When we went inside the waiting room was empty. I told them about Mary’s upcoming appointment and why we stopped by. There was not even a seconds hesitation! The nurse popped up out of her chair, came around to the front and talked to Mary. She introduced us to all the nurses who would be there on Friday and then took us on a tour. She showed Mary where she would be, explained about the recovery room and then showed us the operating room.

Mary was very nervous. She was wringing her hands and staring wide-eyed at everything we saw. She paid attention to everything the nurse said, but was clearly distressed. I filled out some paperwork that was needed, got that out of the way so I wouldn’t have to do it on Friday. We left to head back to our side of town to pick up Bill from work. I was telling her about the IV they would be putting in her arm to give her the medicine to make her sleep. She told me she was glad that she didn’t have to go to the hospital for this. She was scared when both her dad and I had our procedures done recently and didn’t want to be in a hospital. She told me how she hated thinking about Friday because it makes her want to cry. I told her to go ahead and cry! Letting that out would help her release some of the stress she’s feeling inside. I never saw a tear fall, though. The cell phone rang and she talked to her Dad for a couple of minutes, letting him know we were on our way to pick him up.

So we wait for Friday.

Hope I can keep her mind off the end of the week.



  1. Hoping all goes well Friday. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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