Free At Last! Got to finally come home yesterday evening from The James after a weeks stay. Being home is a little harder than I thought. Now as I start doing more, I realize how much healing I have to do yet. But that will come in time.
I hunted down this photo from 2016 to use for this for several reasons. The first is obvious, the butterfly is free. Second, the last setback that kept me from coming home was Sunday night I developed Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). It took over 16 hours of the medicine to get my heart rate right again. For those of you not familiar with AFib it's your heart being out of it normal rhythm. Mine was dropping down to 110 and then jumping up to 160. It was racing. It felt...like a butterfly.
Thirdly, and more subtly, this photo was taken in the fall. These butterflies have a long journey ahead of them. Like they flutter from flower to flower to get ready, I will have to flutter to a bunch of follow-up appointments, now made longer by the AFib on this journey of beating whatever that mass set up in my body.
I could be upset, but I look at it this way. This happened before I went home. I didn't have to go back. Chemo is hard on the heart, so knowing if there is some underlying issue we need to be aware of ahead of time is always better. I truly believe God does works in mysterious ways but for the good of those that love him and that he guiding this journey.
Many thanks for all that liked/commented on my first update on Facebook.
Shout-out to the doctors, nurses, and staff of OSUCCC-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Your compassion and professionalism are to be greatly commended and I am so blessed you are in my city!
And thanks to the Greater Columbus Arts Council. The Resource Grant is going to be a critical part of keeping my art going this year. Couldn't do it without you!