This election night marks a major triumph for me--no matter what the vote count turns out to be. Four weeks ago, I had quadruple bypass surgery, and a huge goal for me has been to be well enough to work the polls for this election. You see, I have been an election judge for over 20 years, and I am now a supervisory judge. Only four weeks to recover enough to work from 4:45 am to around 9 pm seemed unrealistic to everyone--except ME.
Our county clerk, Kara Clark Summers, kept my slot open; because she was willing to let me try. Maybe they were surprised when I actually showed up early this morning. Maybe they were surprised in early afternoon that I was still there. When I showed up at the county seat this evening with my precinct's other supervisory judge, it's fair to say they were surprised. I made it through the long, grueling day and an election with near-historic voter turn-out.
I did it, and working toward that goal has helped push me to recover. Thanks to all of my fellow judges and to Kara for giving me a chance to meet that goal. Of course, I'm going to be in bed much of the day tomorrow. At some point, I might even admit to the doctor what I did. Maybe...maybe not. I sure did not ask his opinion ahead of time. I was pretty sure what the answer would be.
I'll go back to behaving now, I promise...and I might even admit to being really tired and in some pain. Maybe I might admit that I am not fully recovered, but I am victorious!