Union Square, San Francisco
Yesterday I had my string of checkup appointments marking the two year anniversary of my initial diagnosis and recommendation.
Rounds of hugs with the receptionists as I checked in with each doctor. Diane and Misty and Rosa have become good friends and shepherds along the way. And embraces with my docs as well. Dr. Eisele and Quivey and Orloff are as wonderful people as you will ever find.
And it all checked out. The incision has healed wonderfully. The remaining salivary glands are intact. There’s nothing funny growing in there. I should be cleaning my teeth more frequently. I’ll start as soon as I get home.
So now, in whatever way, it’s time to say goodbye to it. I still have my appointments every year or so. Some regular imaging. But for now I can let go of that part of my life.
It makes me a little sad. Dr. Quivey is retiring in July. And my trips to San Francisco have been a staple for two years. It feels a little like graduating college or leaving home.
It should be a wonderful San Francisco morning and I hope to enjoy it as such. And then get the hell out of here.
I won’t miss the experience. Only some of what it summons.