Status Update: Halfway There

15 04 2011

One transfusion down, one to go. I’ve never had a transfusion before, so it is good news that I had no adverse reaction to the first one. The ER team is ready to start the second one. They are terrific and double and triple check everything — very impressive.

My friend Anita Griglio Kelly is here with me. She drove me to chemo today — and here I promised her a “short day” as Friday is usually the shorter of my two days of chemo for the week. Ha! She’ll never believe me again after this!

But she is a great sport — she has been since the day we met back in Mrs. Sudlow’s first grade class at Beechview Elementary. That’s the year I ate the entire bag of Tootsie Rolls she’d brought in for her birthday treat — while she was busy in Reading Group. I was too afraid to confess — but it became quite obvious who the culprit was when I got sick. My Mom had to bring in a “replacement” treat and we had to celebrate Anita’s birthday the day after.

I can’t believe she still wanted to be my friend after that. But, here she is, still by my side all these years later.

We hope to blow this popsicle stand before Midnight. Anita says she plans to post that “we were out together til Midnight” on her Facebook page and allow her fb friends to draw their own conclusions…

Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson



10 responses

15 04 2011

Somehow, I have a feeling you two will find a way to make an adventure out of just about anything.

15 04 2011
jennifer nemeth

U r amazing. I so adore ur ability to find humor within. All my love, Jen

15 04 2011
Kristi Rugh Kahl

Hang in there! Not a fun way to have a girls night out but sounds like lots of memories to reminise about! Thinking of you both!!

15 04 2011
Alison Schwartz

What a long day for you both. Hope you’re both soon in bed… home. xoxo

15 04 2011

Theo is asleep, frogs and dogs are doing well. Hoping you can come home soon. I love you Sweetie.

15 04 2011
Deborah Ann Peters

Buy a bag of Toostie Rolls and both of you go nuts!

15 04 2011
Susan Ager

Blood and tootsie rolls and long-term friendship — what a stew!

15 04 2011
Sarah Zowada

Tootsie Rolls sound like a great idea!!! 🙂

I’m sure any donated blood must be medication free–wish I could help.

God’s continued Blessings!

15 04 2011
Laura Kasischke

Thank God you’re doing okay. You sound strong, as always, but what a relief. Remember, this isn’t the cancer that’s causing this trouble, it’s the chemo, which unfortunately has to attack everything as it goes after the cancer. Sleep tight. Be well. I know your boy was disappointed about gymnastics, but what a lucky boy to have a mom with such strength and love and determination and wit and joy and courage. xoxoxox

16 04 2011

Yes, tootsie rolls can make you do strange things…my drug of choice.

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