Today I turned 27.
I live in the Buffalo, NY area, which you may know is buried under a lot of snow. A lot. Some areas were hit with 0ver 70″ of snow in 24 hours. People were stranded in their cars, some may still be. Eight people have died as a result of the weather, roofs are starting to buckle. It isn’t a great place to be but it’s been amazing to see how people help each other in crisis situations. It kind of restores my faith in humanity.
Today is also my weekly hospital day, which is probably not where most 27 year olds want to spend their birthday, but I was excited. My hospital is in Buffalo proper, which meant battling through some not-so-pleasant conditions. But, it was worth it. I met with a genetic counselor who was amazing. Thorough, knowledgeable, kind, empathetic. And she was really encouraging when I asked about shadowing the genetic clinic. So that’s happening, probably after the first of the year, but regardless — very exciting, and a very big step in the direction I think I want to take my life.
And then I went for my regular post-op visit with my plastic surgeon. Thanks to the wonderful weather and crappy roads, the clinic was quiet and it was the fastest I’ve ever gotten through an appointment from start to finish, which was surprising given that my surgeon had just gotten back from a two-week vacation to Japan. He filled me in on his trip, we talked about the wild weather and then I GOT MY DRAIN PULLED (possibly through nefarious means, but I’m not confirming that). AND I GET MY PICC OUT ON MONDAY. It’s a huge relief to know that I won’t have any more ornaments hanging out of my body, but I’m more excited about the PICC because that means I’m done with antibiotics. They’ve definitely taken a toll on me — the combination makes me feel sick, like I want to throw up, starting about 3 hours after dosing and it takes going to bed and sleeping it off for it to go away. So, a big relief that I’ve reached the end as of Monday.
Best birthday ever? Maybe not. Best birthday of 2014? Definitely. And to cap it off, on Saturday, my mom and I are going away for a night to a spa in central New York. I will drink wine, sit in a hot tub, get a facial, skip a couple of doses of medicine and feel like a normal girl again. A+ start to 27.