What’s It Like On The Outside?

Derek, my love. On the outside the grass is turning green, little shoots and flowers peek out of the ground and a whole chorus of birds is chirping. I saw the big fat yellow cat lurking around the compost when I tried out the chair in my office; it seems all chairs have turned into torture devices.

I am doing my best to get better, being mindful of my limitations, so I can be your partner again. You told me today you needed me in ass-kicking form. I replied that I would work my way back to kicking ass and chewing bubble gum, and let’s be real, I don’t chew bubble gum.

On the outside I feel like I am missing a piece of me. Not the piece of liver that is nestled in your abdomen and that I know is furiously trying to keep up with you. But I’m missing the piece of me that is you, the only person that understands me. The only person I don’t get sick of. (Unless you’re eating watermelon, and even that’s mildly charming.)

I love you so much and I wish this wasn’t so damn hard. But you are, by far, the strongest person I’ve ever met. There are so many people you can mentally lean on right now when it feels like it’s just too much. Small comfort in the late night, sleepless hours of 6 Central. But they are all there, willing you through this, willing us through this. We will be back in fighting form soon, and you will be on the outside, breathing in the air; your new liver kicking-ass and me trying to keep up with you. See you in your dreams.

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5 thoughts on “What’s It Like On The Outside?

  1. Derek Janiak says:

    Soon, pooh bear, soon. All the nurses were asking about you, including Karen. Got some zz’s coming my way, and it feels quiet tonight. Hopefully there’s no biting of IV tubes, chasings down the hall, or incessant moaning of pain.

  2. Scott says:

    You are both the strongest people I’ve met. Keep inspiring!

  3. bradycarlson says:

    This is the most adorable thing I’ve ever read.

    Except that last line. “See you in your dreams” creeps me the heck out. Derek, when you get home with your new liver, be careful around her.

  4. nikki says:

    Lovely, in the truest sense of the word. Hugs!

  5. Jenn says:

    You are both an inspiration. You will be together soon. I admire your great love, respect and support for one another. Not to mention u always bring laughs and smiles. Continue to stay strong! Jenn

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