My friend, Tommy, will be here in a couple of minutes, all the way from San Francisco. I plan to do a little tribute to all those (and you know who you are!) who flew here to see me both before and after the operation in a future post. It really meant a lot to me and I expect nothing less from Tommy’s visit.
Had a huge (and delicious) five course lunch over at Ivan’s place last Sunday and will see him again tomorrow. I speak to Mirek almost every day and went to see him in Roztyly last week. I only talk to Vlad’a about twice a week, but just got an invite to Karvina for the end of the month.
I think I got very lucky with my roommates, but the bonds that form between patients that are suffering from serious diseases (like me and my roommates) and sharing the same space for a very emotional long time are pretty strong anyway. They are the only ones who really understand what you’re going through, albeit from their perspective. Which may be only one way of looking at it, but at least it’s first hand.
You take care of each other with all modesty out the window. You listen to their stories, their troubles, their jokes, and their fears. You share pills and complain about the nurses. You meet their families and friends, use the familiar form from the get go, all while crossing your fingers and ‘holding your thumbs’. It’s given me a whole new perspective on and attitude toward Czechs and humanity in general.
Tommy’s here and asleep in the living room. I’m going to get him up now, so he doesn’t pull this everyday. Gave myself an ear candle yesterday. Here’s a picture:
Thanks again for all your comments, support and advice. It’s very much appreciated – as are the care packages – and you know who you are! :-)