Patience… It Takes a Patient Far….

Dear Reader:

… and the right time was yesterday. I was determined to be a ” good” patient. The result: new friends, lots of laughs, and a surgeon who was so ” easy on the eyes” I was sad that I had a ” tent” around my head snd couldn’t watch him in action.

He had his work cut out for him because the port had been in me since ( 2008) 14 years! ( I wonder if I set a record?)

As he studied it-he mentioned he had never felt that much ossification around a port and warned me that he might have to leave the lower section of the port in if it was too entrenched but he was going to try everything possible to get the whole thing out… and he did! Heard the assistants clapping and I smiled.

Vickie got me there a little after seven and picked me up a little after 11… We picked up Chick Filet on the way home-I gobbled it down and immediately fell asleep until 5 o’ clock!

It does feel like someone threw a fast ball and nailed me but overall just sore and ” glued ” together.

In one cubicle the two assistants helping me discovered that we were all Libras when she asked for my birthday-I replied September 24-one girl chimed in she was the 23 and the other the 25! Libras having a good time together!!! Ah… those perfectly timed ” God Winks.”

Life really is what you make it… everyone was so nice and friendly … and I left without my longtime ” port” … can’t say I will miss it but it once helped me through some tough times so ” Thank you Port” you were there when I needed you!

So until tomorrow… I am filled with gratitude…. for all your calls, texts, emails, etc. Special thanks to the best neighbor ever… Vickie! And today Mandy is picking up groceries and coming over to ” hang” with mom! I am very blessed!

Beauty in Serenity

Today is my favorite day!!!!Winnie the Pooh

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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8 Responses to Patience… It Takes a Patient Far….

  1. Honey says:

    So thankful that chapter had a happy ending. Keeping you in my prayers as always. Love you lots Boo!❤️🙏❤️

  2. Beverly Dufford says:

    So glad all went well yesterday. I know that must have been scary and painful. Of course in true Becky form, you made lemonade. I’m sure your medical team was blessed by a patient who wasn’t moaning and groaning. You really do bloom where you are planted, and I , for one of many I’m sure, thank you for sharing with us. I’m sure your positive attitude has brightened many lives today. May God bless you today and every day.

    • Becky Dingle says:

      You are my mentor Jo when it comes to blooming,,,you never cease to amaze me with your thoughtfulness that goes over and beyond anything I have seen…and your pupil Honey learned many of her acts of kindness no doubt from you!!!

  3. Rachel Edwards says:

    So very thankful all went well yesterday…prayers for you as you recover. It is anazing how fast the time has gone. Love you sweet friend

  4. So glad all went well. I remember having my port out and realizing that I was done with chemo by IV. I hope everything continues to go well. You have a great support network.

    • Becky Dingle says:

      That was the hardest part-normally the port out means the end of cancer so the medical aides were all congratulating me but then looked confused when they saw I was still on Verzenio for metastatic cancer-still it was a personal benchmark for me just getting it out of my body after 14 years -to prevent infection…since I am on oral chemo! 💗👍

      Sent from my iPhone

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