Right now... at this moment. What is of importance to you. Where are your priorities?
Go ahead. Jot some stuff down in your head.
Now listen to this story.
About two weeks ago, while my wife was away for the weekend, she started having pains in her stomach. Her sister (who was with her at the time) had a gall bladder problem about the same length of time since her first born as my wife is from giving birth to Joey. So when she came back home, she got an appointment from the doctor and was sent in for an ultrasound to check the gall bladder.
The results came back. Her gall bladder was fine. But there was 'something' on her spleen. The doctor said it could simply be a 'second spleen' but he wants her to have a CAT scan to 'rule out other things' (without explaining what 'other things' entail). The prescription for the CAT scan said to check a 'growth on the LUQ (Left upper Quardrant) of the spleen.'
Last Saturday was the CAT scan day. The tech (making small talk) asked what causes her to have a CAT scan and the story was told. The tech said "Second spleen? Never heard of such a thing, but I'll tell you if I see more than one." After the scan... "Sorry to disappoint, but there is only one spleen there". Of course, the tech already said enough against hospital policy, so she wouldn't divulge any other details.
Now, I swore off checking the net for medical reasons (see an old JE of mine about Joey's first immunization). But the curiosity got too much of me. I went ahead and researched what all it could be. I narrowed it down to: cyst, abcess, hematoma, or a tumor. If malignant, either Hodgekin's Disease, or Non-Hodgekin's Lymphoma (both are VERY nasty cancers).
This is when I got really freaked out. I was terrified. I was dependant on my (25 year old) wife, and there is no way I could raise Joey without her.
I consulted friends and family (including SolemnDragon and TL... thanks guys).
This morning I got the news. The CAT scan showed...
Nothing.... there wasn't anything on the spleen. Everything was normal. My guess? A cyst that burst. The pain is gone and everything looks good.
So I've had a hell of a good day.
But I ask you again...
Right now... at this moment. What is of importance to you. Where are your priorities? Did they change?
I'm going to go take my wife out for dinner.... I suggest those of you with wives do the same