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It looks like Christmas came to my room and spewed red and green vomit everywhere. And I love it!

I’ll admit it: I was starting to lose my spirit a little after I’d been in two weeks, without an end in sight, and the projection of spending Christmas at MGH. I’d been poked and prodded every which way. Despite what my medical team was doing, my blood work was abnormal. And my first glimpse at freedom (the first attempt at the GJ tube procedure) failed. Fortunately, I’ve surrounded myself with people who make it nearly impossible to lose one’s spirit!

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Nothing with me is ever easy.

As you may have heard, yesterday’s surgery to insert a GJ tube was unsuccessful. Apparently, my small intestines had wrapped around my stomach making it difficult to place the tube without damaging the intestines as well.

Unfortunately, because they had already began by pumping air into my stomach and placing markers (tacks) through my stomach, I still woke up in recovery with a significant amount of pain. The nurses and doctors were awesome, however, and let Keith and Stef come see me in recovery almost immediately. I don’t know what I’d do without them by my side throughout this whole ordeal. In fact, I’ve been incredibly blessed to have dozens of friends and family members visiting and/or supporting me. You’ve all made it so much better.

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As I sit in my room at MGH for the 7th day now – with no end in sight – I had begun to forget that Christmas was just around the corner. I got about halfway through decorating our tree before I went inpatient and I’m not sure if I’ll even get the chance to finish before the holiday is upon us.

Luckily, Keith and I have decided to continue with our trend in recent years and scale the holidays back this year. We’re certainly not scaling back the holiday cheer – oh, no! But we try to walk a different path when it comes to the consumer aspects.

Each year, we hem and haw, stress and spend. And what’s the result? We give our loved ones things. Gift cards that get lost. Trinkets that gather dust. Games that are played for a few months, then forgotten.

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