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I tend to stop blogging when the actual interesting things in my life happen. This week I’m not writing because two of my best friends in the whole world are visiting me and I want to spend all the time with them. But for a moment I’m making an exception.

As I write, my sister is going into surgery. During college she played competitive soccer. By which I mean she played pick-up soccer, competitively. (We have that at least in common.) Over the course of four years of playing full contact soccer every friday afternoon, she tore her ACL and meniscus… repeatedly. Three years later, she’s finally having surgery.

For an active person, and a new mom, the recovery time from this surgery is going to be devastating. Well, difficult. She’s the dramatic one, so she keeps saying devastating. And other things, like “if I don’t wake up from surgery, I love you.” or “if I don’t wake up from surgery will you take care of my baby?” or “even if I survive this, my baby will be walking before I am.”

Unfortunately, that last one is possible. She will be on crutches for at least six weeks, and then the full recovery time is slated at about 8 months. I don’t know how a mom of a 4 month old is going to deal with that while her husband works full time. It makes me feel guilty that I’m leaving for China so soon. I should be sticking around to help.

So Philumina is in my thoughts and prayers today as I sit here babysitting while she’s at the hospital. I’d like to be there, but it would just be a waiting game. Once she’s out this evening, we’re celebrating with her favorite hot wings.

I’m going to stop writing and go be nervous elsewhere. If you’re of a spiritual inclination, a prayer for my sister’s speedy recovery would really mean a lot!



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