You've Got Some Gall (Bladder)

It took gall to say what I said. And, the irony of it all is that it was just before my 30+ year old niece's gallbladder surgery.

As we stood around her hospital bed, pre-op, I just had to ask, "Are you nervous or scared?"

She replied, "Not really, but my head hurts."

Relieved, I was thankful and stated as much.

She continued,  "The last time I had surgery was when I was eight years old, and I had my tonsils out. And, the first person I saw when I woke up was Grandma Joy."

My mother. I miss her so. May she rest in peace.

It was at that point that my humor gene took over, and I just couldn't help myself. Without missing a beat, I blurted out something that rivaled the line in Steel Magnolias where the brother says, during a game of Go Fish, the night before Sally Fields and Julia Roberts are about to have transplant surgery,  "Give me all your kidneys!"

The words spilled out of my mouth, "Well, I hope you don't see her when you wake up this time!"

My friend, my niece, and I burst into laughter.

Poor Surgery Girl. I miss her so. May she rest in her bed at home.

We prayed after that. Not because of my poorly timed [sick] sense of humor, but because we know who The Great Physician truly is... the One who has known Surgery Girl from before her conception. And, He was gracious. He brought her through this ordeal with flying colors.

Despite some moaning and groaning from others when I recount this story, Surgery Girl texted post-op, "That was so funny."

Good thing they didn't remove her humor gene.


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