Paris and appendicitis – words that together don’t exactly roll off the tongue, nor make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. They may be an odd combination, but, nevertheless, are the latest update for this Socias familia!
About three weeks ago, Marc went into the hospital for emergency appendicitis surgery. His fun times in the hospital of Pontoise (a neighborhood outside of Paris) live on! I say this because this particular hospital was the same place he was admitted about a year ago for a series of tests that eventually led to his diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Marc was not exactly very happy about his return to “hôpital Pontoise.”
But, alas, he returned – and while the removal of the appendix is a relatively routine surgery, for Marc the operation had more risk and complication due to his EDS. He went to the doctor on a Thursday afternoon with stomach pain, and was finally admitted for surgery after being bounced around from doctor to doctor, anaesthesiologist to anaesthesiologist, finally arriving to the hospital on Friday evening for the surgery where the necessary equipment was available for his operation and post-op care given the EDS complications. When I got the call on Thursday night that Marc had been admitted for surgery, I was on the train the next day to Paris to be with him.
The operation went well and here we are just hanging in the hospital!
V for victory after conquering a trek all the way to the hospital cafeteria! Marc was very happy with himself. 🙂 It’s the little things!
I bet by now if you read this blog or you’re a person who is close to us that you’re just about ready to get off the rollercoaster ride that is Marc and Andrea these days. One minute we’re living in one place, and then we’re moving again. At one point things with Marc’s health seem to be going better, then he’s in the hospital again. One moment we’re together in our home in Switzerland, the next we’re apart. Whoo! It’s a lot to handle! If you’re still hanging on, thanks for weathering the storm with us.
Accepting all this as lessons of the past, we are hopeful, actually, that maybe, just maybe, this operation was a blessing in disguise. That it was, perhaps, a gift…
#1 – for Marc’s health. The condition of his appendix prior to the operation may have been contributing to some of the symptoms he had been experiencing that we thought were attributed to EDS. We are hopeful and optimistic that perhaps the sudden removal of his leaking appendix may actually give him a bit of a push forward to finding health and balance again.
#2 – for us as a couple. To be completely honest, in the months prior to the surgery, Marc and I were struggling. Anyone who has walked in our footsteps or who genuinely seeks to understand our situation would understand why. But after 4 days of romantic reconnection in a dingy hospital room (there’s an image!), we found each other again.
So just a week after Marc’s surgery and a change of spring break plans later, I went to Paris to spend my school vacation alongside him. And one very special day that week took us to the streets of Paris where we walked the city’s corridors under the daytime sun, picked up Greek treats at a quaint corner shop (bringing us back to our Greek honeymoon!), and ended the day eating dinner at a Parisian café. Just another typical day in the life of a European couple, right? Not for us. This is the first time I have spent a day like this with my partner probably since our honeymoon nearly 6 years ago. It – was – a – gift. One that we simply do not take for granted anymore.
So thank you, Marc, for lighting me up for that one day in Paris, the city of light, as only you can. May we approach each day forward with a state of gratitude and a fresh start, encouraging one another and accepting the encouragement of our loved ones as we keep walking the journey of healthy, balanced life with EDS – and, no longer, a side of appendicitis.