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This Birthday

At the Surgical Family Lounge, I sat and waited like the other people who have families going through some surgeries or procedures. There were about ten people there trying to keep busy and killing time. It didn't help that the lounge chairs felt stiff, hard and uncomfortable. I was fidgety. I also felt quite tired and I drifted in and out of sleep. I didn't get a good night's sleep the night before and had to wake up at 3:30 AM to get to the hospital on time.

Kepi's surgery lasted for three hours and his surgeon recommended an overnight stay for observation. This meant welcoming my 40th birthday at the hospital. This is the second time I welcomed my birthday in a hospital. The first one was during my bone-marrow transplant procedure in 2014. For some reason, a tinged of sadness came all over me. Probably because I was in a hospital and bad memories came flooding in. Or perhaps I miss the presence of family and friends. I can't really put my finger on it. I may not admit it in the open but hospitals have a bit of a traumatic effect on me.

I hardly slept that night. Sleeping on a recliner at the hospital isn't really ideal. I don't understand why they offer those recliners for people who want to stay overnight. I was stuck sleeping in one position and my back was killing me. I really should be thankful I have a place to sleep, but I wish it was more comfortable. Again, restful sleep eluded me.

I may be tired and sleepy, but for this birthday, I only wished for one thing - healing for Kepi.

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  1. Wow you're 40! Welcome to the new twenties lol.
    Btw I agree those recliner chairs in hospitals are not comfortable and I hardly get any sleep in one.

    Happy Birthday, Kayni. :)

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    1. Thank you. Exactly, I still feel like 27 lol.

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  2. I hope Kepi will get better soon and I would like to wish you a happy birthday. I am sorry to hear you had to spend it in a hospital.

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    1. I wish that I didn't spend my bday in a hospital. Perhaps Kepi and I will celebrate my bday some other time...no more hospitals!

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  3. Well, by your 41st birthday you will be celebrating it in some warm breezy tropical paradise with Kepi, just you wait and see.

    Hope this year is filled with joy and laughter.

    The kitties and I are sending our best healing purrs.

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    1. Thank you, Photo Cache. I'm praying for more strength and resilience to face anything that comes our way.

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  4. I am doing better now that the surgery is over. The first couple days after the surgery were rough, tougher than the first major brain surgery. Probably because they were opening the same scar from the first surgery for the second. Anyway, everyday gets a little better, and yes, we will celebrate Kayni's 41st in style.

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  5. Life begins at 40. I just read somewhere. Haha. Yours doesn't need to begin anymore, it is continuing!
    Happy Birthday still, celebrations can wait, for sure better days are ahead of you and Kepi :)

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    1. Hi yccos, Thank you very much. I don't feel anything have changed being 40. I'm just hoping we will have more strength for whatever comes our way. We keep hoping for better days.

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  6. Happy and blessed birthday to you Kayni! May this year and the coming years be filled with comfort knowing that God is always with you and Kepi. Life has many surprises to remind us that His grace is overflowing. Also, more travels for you two, discovering God's wondrous creations. :)

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