We spend a lot of time in Columbus.
We spend no time in Columbus.
We first came to OSU Medical Center in January 2009. We’ve needed to come weekly, monthly or every 3 months ever since. So we’ve made the trip many times.
We’ve seen winter, spring, summer and fall here. We’ve seen new buildings go from concept to completion. We’ve seen nurses, nurse practitioners and other members of the staff through pregnancies, adoptions, kids’ graduations, the planning of weddings, and puppy acquisitions. We’ve seen our doctor go gray.
I know what’s available within a few blocks’ radius. Okay, mostly the places to eat, but also where to get the basics – cough drops, tissues, a Chapstick. On foot. I frequently give directions to others. I know my way around. I do okay. But here’s the thing: All my knowledge has to do with a small bit of real estate. I know about almost nothing AWAY from the hospital.
We’ve passed the sign for the Chadwick Arboretum at least 2 dozen times since coming here, and every time we say, “Lets go there some time.” But we never do.
Today we did. It feels like a victory over something.