Friday, April 28, 2017

Washington D.C.

Somewhere between a career change, a small move, and an unexpected surgery, our family embarked to the city of Washington D.C. Autumn had her very first spring break this month and Re had to go to D.C. for work/business related purposes. An opportunity for a family getaway! With things being hectic and unexpected lately, it was nice to get away for a few days. I was not sure I could handle it, and we almost canceled, considering I had an appendectomy a week prior, but healing occurred faster than I expected. Walking was not easy, but I managed, and did as much as my body allowed. It has been 3 weeks and each day I am starting to feel more like myself.

A brief summary of the unexpected surgery; it was a Thursday night, I started to feel pain in my lower abdomen, I honestly thought it was nothing. I thought sleep would take my mind off of the pain and I’d wake up happy and healthy. A few hours passed, the pain did not subside and sleep was out of the question. I soon started to cry in pain and finalized my decision; yup, something is wrong. I didn’t want to wake Re and Autumn; she had school in the morning. After an hour of persuading myself this needs to happen, we left for the ER at 1 am.  I figured it would be quick, I’d get some pain medication and then back to bed/home I would go. Tests were ran, blood was drawn, eventually the nurse managed to spill the information before the doctor came in. She said I was going to be admitted with surgery. My reaction; Ummm, excuse me?!? I am healthy, I exercise on a daily basis, this cannot be right. For a moment I thought maybe she entered the wrong room. I had early signs of appendicitis and my appendix needed to be removed; surgery first thing in the morning. Everything happened so fast, I really had no time to think or absorb all of the information they were giving me. Surgery was quick and I was in the hospital for a few days. It has been 3 weeks, I guess the only hard part right now is the occasional pain and not being able to run/exercise. Although I feel the appendectomy was minor, I am so grateful and appreciative of all the support I received from family, friends, and my co-workers. 

Back to our trip to D.C. This was Autumn’s first trip to Washington D.C. Autumn has become quite the mini-traveler. We explored the National Mall, we managed to see a few museums. Her favorite; the Hirschhorn, and the Air & Space Museum. We had the chance to see Yayoi Kusama's Exhibition: Infinity Mirrors, which was, for me, truly memorable. I'll have a second blog for our trip to the Hirschorn, as ART has become a fourth member of our household. She was excited to ride the Metro, which was her number one choice of transportation as we toured the city. This trip, for me, was special, anticipatory more than anything. I have not been to D.C. since 2008. I briefly lived there for school/ an internship. Re and I reminisced the city as we once explored as young loves, pre-marriage/child. I have many fond memories of D.C; a lot of self-exploration, lifelong friendships made and the overall enjoyment of living in the moment, but still anticipating an unknown future. A young, excited and naïve Adrienne. Another city shared with our Mini, more memories created.