No devil in these details

Sitting here by Lina’s bedside on this beautiful may morning watching her sleep comfortably, I am struck by the marvelous resiliency of this woman.   She looks and feels a lot better than when she came out from her previous operation.  In fact, she looks great!  Her pain is being managed with a localized epidural anesthesia that relieves pain in the abdomen but allows her to use her legs.  It also doesn’t make her feel like a dope.  Occasionally she is feeling a  little nauseous unfortunately but that should pass.  She should be getting up and out of bed for a little exercise today, maybe not so much with the crunches but perhaps shifting from foot to foot.

Lina wanted me to tell everyone that as she was heading into the operation and going under she felt herself floating on her back out across the ocean and then the water became hands and a sea of people (all of you) were supporting her and bore her across into her new life.

Leave it to Lina to crowd surf into surgery.

So they say at least a week here at the hospital. Whoopie!  I’m sure Lina will enjoy any contact from any of her cheerleaders out there, whether digital or analog.  We’ll be in touch…



14 Responses to “No devil in these details”

  1. Ann in Woodstock Says:

    Please let me know if I can help Jean with Poppy and Henry!
    Send Lina my love.


  2. Elena Says:

    More wonderful news, not only are you an inspiration, but a teacher too, dear Lina, as you’ve made me realize how much love, light and joy carry a soul forward in life, to birth and rebirth. You are a warrior woman so snuggle down for the recovery and may it really be the invincible summer from that Camus quote I sent you in the winter. Much love to you and all your family, most of all Happy Re-Birthday to you, this sunny, summery May day.

  3. Cynthia T. Says:

    What great news. I decided to eat some birthday cake for you yesterday, Lina. I’m so thoughtful, aren’t I?
    Let me know when I can come rub your tootsies. Should you feel up to it, I could come after work tomorrow (Sat.) around 5:30. If that’s too soon, there will be other times…
    love to you all, Cynthia

  4. Connie Feydy Says:

    Thank you so much, Adrian, for updating. I’m sooooo happy to hear this good news. How amazing (!!!) that tumor left- it really seems such a good sign. Will you tell lovely Lina that I’m pregnant? It’s my first time, and she’s only the 2nd person to know, besides my husband and doctor. I think she’d think a baby is kinda neat 🙂 I think about her so much- she’s been such a totally wonderful mom, herself and that’s an inspiration to me. Much love to Lina and your whole family.

  5. Corona Smith Says:

    I hope you are feeling better soon, Lina. From Corona.

  6. Tracey Says:

    Thanks A! Let us know when Lina’s up for visitors.
    Much love & hugs xxxx

  7. hannah Says:

    tears of joy sprinkle my cheeks each time of think of you, since thursday afternoon (hearing the grand news of safe transit and vanishing tumors).
    before this volume, my lady friend, you embraced your days and filled them up with what matters and fulfills… but now? with the dawn of each new day, i have a hunch, you will set out to… a day well-lived. loving you so xoxo

  8. ellen Says:

    Whoo HOO on the crowd surfing!!!!!! I am so glad she felt all of our hands upon her! THAT’S PUNK ROCK!!
    Please pass on my LOVE.

  9. amy brooks Says:

    Adrian and Lina–

    Your support, humor, love and total surrender to one another knock me out.
    I haven’t met you yet, Adrian, but you sure do tell the best love story I’ve ever read, in the lines, between the lines….

    Send my thoughts and love to Lina.
    Can’t wait to hang with you guys this summer.

  10. Hilary and Michael Says:

    Thanks for the wonderful news Adrian! Sending you both love and support into this breezy morning, H and M

  11. Francisca Matos Says:

    Dear Lina:

    Any time I need inspiration I turn to my favorite poet: Rumi. Lots of love and hope to dance with you the next time I see you…. Fran

    Dance when you’re broken open.
    Dance when you’ve torn the bandage off.
    Dance in the middle of fighting.
    Dance in your blood.
    Dance when you’re perfectly free.
    Struck, the dancer hears a tambourine inside her,
    like a wave that crests into foam at the very top,
    Maybe you don’t hear that tambourine,
    or the tree leaves clapping time.
    Close the ears on your head,
    that listen mostly to lies and cynical jokes.
    There are other things to see, and hear.
    Music. Dance.
    A brilliant city inside your soul!

  12. Hannah (Metcalf) Childs Says:

    My mother, Charlotte Metcalf, thankfully forwarded your blog to me. Please know that you have touched, inspired and are thought of daily, by someone who has never even met you. I was in that ocean of support, though you might not have recognized me!
    I look forward to meeting you and your family on the farm in Norwich soon.
    With love,

  13. Rachel Mosedale, an old friend Says:

    Hello Lina.

    These posts brought me to tears; tears of absolute joy. May all love surround you, Lina and guide your way home.

    Blessings on this 23rd day of May,

  14. Jesse in London Says:

    Hi Lina,

    It’s so great that the combination of treatments made the surgery really successful! I’m so impressed by you and all the people who’ve been supporting you during these past few months! You’ve really managed to get through the treatment! Wow! You rule!

    Helen and I haven’t let up with the white beam of light even though you’ve come through the surgery. You’ve still got a lot of healing to do, and we’ll keep sending lots of love across the ocean to you!

    Jesse (and Helen)

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