Today was a day of emotions. My surgeon’s consultation was scheduled for 2 pm. My out-of-town brother would be in the area, so I had planned a family dinner for eight at 6 pm. As I hurried about in the morning, making the lasagne and cleaning up the house, my stomach tight with nervousness over the appointment, I wondered if I had taken on too much. Did I really need a houseful after a stressful day?
The surgeon’s appointment added more stress. Although the prognosis was good, scheduling threw a wrench in things. The doctor and I agreed that I should have an MRI to make sure there was no cancer in the other breast; however, it would take over two weeks before they could fit me in for an MRI. And then my surgeon was going on a 3 week vacation. So I either had to wait 6 weeks for surgery or start over with a different surgeon. My husband and I wanted to discuss it with the surgeon, but he was with another patient, so we had to head home with no actual plans made or dates set.
The appointment left me frustrated and confused. I was not particularly in the mood for company, but company soon arrived. And was I ever glad! We ate, we talked, we shared stories from our lives. Best of all, we laughed. Tension drained from me, and I felt whole and good again. Laughter is the best medicine, they say, and laughter in the company of people you love is best of all. Family can be a bright light in a dark day.