Hospital Cups… Year 8!

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In 2006 I…well, I had a little coma. When I woke up two months and two hospitals later, the first thing I remembered was some guy “in my face” repeating, “100%. We’ll get you back 100%”. Oddly, fortunately, I believed him. Oddly, because I then weighed only 72 pounds and could not move more than an eye lid. Fortunately, because that was what I fell back on every day for the next months of rehab.
During that year I was, of course, overwhelmed with gratitude for my family, friends, and caregivers. When I got back into my studio months later I could only move half a pound of clay. So I sat my, still little, self down and made about 60 little Thank You Cups.
To my handful of family and friends who receive a cup (I cannot make enough cups for the many, many people who cared for me in some way at that time…I think it was a bazillion!) …to my closest few, I continue to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I think of each of you often in the context of that time. You are the best, indeed.
To the people at St. Luke’s, I hope you enjoy this little cup. A few of you must have a bit of a collection! I do wish that you received all the gratitude you deserve. I said I would never forget you and I never will. I remember John, who walked into my room every morning to open my blinds and also took a moment to sing me a song. And Caroline, sweet Caroline, who kept me laughing throughout those difficult days. And Randy in the rehab gym who…well, while nurses and doctors have ways of making you feel good, physical and occupational therapist have ways of making you feel good while kick’n your butt. How do you do that? When I mention these three, I am thinking of the many others who were there for me…the volunteer who came to my room and didn’t talk but simply gave my hands a good rub, the greeter at the hospital’s front door who was my daughter’s only constant. And to Dr.”100%”Steinle…thank you. Thank you for bending down close and repeating that until you were satisfied that I understood.
If you have one of the, now 480, Hospital Cups that I have made, I hope that at the end of any day that may have been extra long or difficult, you see that little cup and know that you are remembered and appreciated.

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4 Responses

  1. Beautiful sentiment and a lovely post. 🙂

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. All of your friends and co workers are grateful that your friendship extended way beyond 2006. You are an amazing human being.

  3. I can’t believe you are still alive. I can’t believe I am too. Oh well, let’s both stick around a little longer. Lots to do. Lots to do. Love you.

    • OK. Since you are stick’n around I will, too. Love you, too!

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