Part 1: Feeling at home in the land of smoking corn syrup-laced styrofoam
Seeing your elderly Mother through a life-threatening operation is definitely a reason to drop everything and “take a trip.”
What was wrong with Carolyn? Oh, nothing much. Her intestines decided they needed more ‘lebensraum’ and so pushed her stomach up through her diaphragm, to a point where it was nestled, noodle-like, between her lungs. The medical term for this is ‘hiatal hernia’, which is pronounced “hoe-lee / shee-ie-t”.