boston hospitals

Perhaps some of you were wondering why I haven’t posted in over a week. That would be because I had surgery on Tuesday morning at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. In order to not get too TMI, all I’ll say that I had a non-cancerous growth removed from my uterus, and my recovery time has been estimated by my doctor to be 4 to 6 weeks. Yipee.
My mom picked me up from the hospital yesterday, and I couldn’t believe it, but it took us about 20 minutes to even get out of the Longwood Medical Area. I know it probably goes without saying, but geez… Longwood is a mess. I doubt anything can be done about it, because the hospitals are a necessity, and you can’t just shut down five hospitals because of construction. This, to me, is a common problem around Boston — things are too tightly packed into each other, and there doesn’t seem to be a viable solution beyond doing construction and causing even more traffic (See: Dig, Big).
That said, the people who work at Brigham’s are great. The nurses are really helpful and friendly and pretty much my every need was taken care of. For the next week or so, I’m chilling at my parents’ house, hopped up on legal drugs that do not allow me to drive. It’s a beautiful day, and everything feels warm and fuzzy, thanks to the Percosets.

2 Comments so far

  1. Cassford (unregistered) on September 10th, 2004 @ 3:48 am

    Meghan, I’m glad the surgey went well. You couldn’t have asked for a better hospital the the Brigham. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
    BTW, I’m in the Longwood area every day and I can’t agree with you more. It is the most congested part of Boston, hands-down. Once it actually took me 40 minutes to move from one end of Longwood to the other — maybe 3/4 a mile. The problem is that they keep building there. Every year a parking lot or small patch of lawn is transformed into yet another medical center. Merck just built a glass monolith in the alley behind my wife’s building. Seriously, it had been an alley.
    It is the most top three most densely-built areas in North America, according to a Globe story from a few years ago. I bet it has moved up to first or second since then.

  2. Em (unregistered) on September 10th, 2004 @ 4:34 am

    I second that emotion about your speedy recovery. God bless the drugs!

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