My day actually started 3 days ago with prep for my colonoscopy procedure. For the last 3 days, I have followed the guidelines and cleared out my body. This morning I got up at 5 am to make my way to the hospital where I would learn that despite my recent health issues life is not so bad.
I went through the admissions process and was prepped and waiting to be taken to the theatre to have my procedure. There were several other people who were prepped and waiting also.
There was one lady, in particular, that was opposite me who had the most amazing vibrant outlook. She told me that her husband had just retired and she will retire at the end of the year. They plan to travel and see the world before they get too old and fragile.
They took me in for my procedure and 1 hour later I woke up in the post-op area. The lady was brought into the post-op area after me.
My doctor, who also happened to be this lady’s doctor, came to see me and told me that all went well and we just have to wait for some test results which we would get later in the week.
About one hour later he came to see the lady. My doctor looked very grim, and he sat with her and gave her the bad news. She has cancer and it doesn’t look good. I watched the shock hit this vibrant woman. I could see as all the plans she had with her husband were slipping away. I saw my doctor and the nurses trying help this woman.
I have always known that life is short, I have always accepted that life throws you curve balls. But to see someone’s life and their future change in the split second is very hard. It was so hard to watch as the moments went by and the situation was becoming real in this woman’s mind. You could see the changes in her face.
We all put things off, we all make plans for the future. We all say we are going to this and we are going to do that. Then we spend our time existing until then. We go through the motions and we don’t take advantage of the main gift that everyone who is alive has. Our existence, we all assume that we have all the time in the world. But truthfully we are all one diagnosis away from seeing the time we think we have cut short.
It is time to cherish the moments, appreciate what we have and live for the now.