After taking Ben to the doctor a second time and being reassured that he was healing, I did go to Philadelphia to see my friend Carla. We had an incredible time catching up, eating, walking and just spending time with each other. I came back refreshed and ready for anything. The trip reminded me that getting away is important to my mental and physical well-being. Perhaps I should not wait 13 years again to visit Carla.
If you are ever in the Philadelphia area, I highly recommend Longwood Gardens and Tyler Arboretum. They are probably some of the most beautiful places I have seen in awhile.