Monday, May 2, 2011

Day One of Treatment One

Today was my sister's first day of chemo.  She spent 4:45 minutes in the doctors office, about 2 hours of that in the chemo room. 
Every time I would think of that poison going into her vein it made me think of the guys on death row waiting to be euthanized.  It was that same
Feeling/thought in my mind…ugh. My brother in law went with her for the treatment, so once again I was just on the outside waiting to hear from those
On the inside.  It was counting down the minutes, the texts, the almost there, almost there minutes.  Everybody else in the world going about
Their business like it was nothing.  For us it was life changing.  Like when someone dies and everyone goes home and back to their lives and you are still their
Dealing with the aftermath.  Well supposedly the "aftermath" doesn't start until between 24 and 48 after.  My brother in law did really well on sending me texts
This time and keeping me in the loop of what was happening.  He even sent me a photo when they got started.  My sister was looking at her IPhone and smiling.
Turns out she was playing Spider Solitaire.  She said when she called when she was through…"that was nothing".  So until something else happens
we'll just keep moving forward…my brother in law, my smiling courageous sister and me.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Benefit BBQ Judging

OK, truly I had been looking forward to the annual BBQ that benefits the place I work.  I am sort of the liaison between the staff and the folks at the BBQ so it was my job to get volunteers to judge the event.  I had about 9 folks volunteer along with a couple of husbands, and 7 and two others showed up.  A good turn out I thought.  We found our places.  Some of us were at the "finals" table where we only had to judge 10 of the very best.  But I had to do that FIVE times.  At the other preliminary table they were judging TWENTY NINE entries.  Seriously just thinking about that made me feel sick.  Let me fill in a blank here...I don't really even like beef.  This was primarily a BEEF contest.  Of all we tried, which included fajitas (only one was decent), brisket (all bad), ribs (one stand out), chicken (I could have eaten any of them for dinner) and desserts (several stand-outs). Oh, I forgot to mention between each entry we were to douse our tastes with crachers or cheese or grapes.  So the amount of food eaten was outlandish!  Actually judging the desserts was an honor and I was selected to be part of that judging team. By the time it was over I was more than ready to go.  I had stayed and helped hand out the awards.  It was a good day over all and I'm sure a lot of money was donated.  Oh, did I mention that after the judging I was invited to a little party for my sister.  I got there about 7.  Guess what was for dinner?!?!

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