🐻Lionel, my loyal Hospital Bear, and I took @Lyft at 5:45am to St. Francis Memorial Hospital 🏥 to have my upper GI #endoscopy at 8:00am. I had to have it in a hospital rather than a normal endoscopy center, because my #oxygensaturation issues, so it requires an anesthesiologist to be there. Lionel has his hospital bracelet for 5 years, so it’s quite worn. I try to spruce it up every few months with colorful washi tape, which also keeps it from falling apart. I had my 3rd surgery on 10/16/13 and my mom was anxiously sitting in the waiting area, so she just went up to the registration desk, and said, “Hiiii, may I possibly have blank ID bracelet? It’s for my daughter’s hospital bear. She just went into surgery. ....Yes, she was born in 1992” Then she wrote “Maddy keep going 💙” and put it on Lionel’s arm. I love this guy so much. I @sarawsf brought me Lionel when I was in the PICU the day after my splenectomy that was 7 hours long, and he was exactly what I needed. That was almost 10 years ago! Lionel is my constant and hope. Those are two things I don’t have much of at any given time, so it’s nice to take a break from pills, calling doctors/Walgreens, self-catheterizing, worrying about bills, side effects, figuring out insurance/providers who don’t any insurance take but are worth the cost.... 🔄 IT IS NEVER-ENDING! But, at night I fall asleep holding onto my Lionel Bear, which means I can hold onto a little hope.