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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: RELIEF

 

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Last week Monday night, I probably woke up 12 times between 10pm and 5:30am to look at the clock.

My sister was supposed to show up at a hospital two and a half hours from our hometown at 5:30 on Tuesday morning for pre-op preparation.

I was jittery for her.

As I mentioned in my post last week on the prompt, SACRIFICE, my sister donated 60% of her liver in a transplant procedure. The operation was scheduled to begin around 7:30am and last about 5 hours. My brother-in-law was the only one at the hospital with her that day.

I made sure my phone was not on silent, and I kept it with me everywhere I went that day, waiting for updates.

Around noon, a text message came through as I was driving. I impatiently waited for a red light before glancing down  at my phone. Surgery got started about an hour late, so probably an hour and a half to go. 

I exhaled and kept driving, looking at the clock at least once every minute.

Finally, it came:

Surgery is complete! Everything went great!

And then, relief.

STOP. 

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