" I implore you, my child; observe heaven and earth, consider all that is in them, and acknowledge that God made them out of nothing (ex nihilo), and that mankind comes into being in the same way..." 2 Maccabees 7:28

Monday, June 2, 2008

Simple Post

I had chemo #5 today- yay! The beginning of Taxol, and only 3 treatments left! Trisha came down with me, and my mom and dad were there. We prayed the rosary before the Benadryl kicked in (you really do see stars, by the way, but you don't hear birdies chirping like they do in the cartoons.)

Have much I could tell you about my meeting with the genetic counselor, my new obsession with BBC period movies (not really new, just forgotten and picked up again now that Alias is over) etc. But for now, I'm rather tired so I will tell you briefly about our family trip to the horse races.

I spent $11 total and lost only $7, which made me the big winner in our family. Horse racing was great fun, much more than I would've expected. My standard line- "what's the minimum bet?" Okay, then put me down for $2 for "Daddy's Joy" to place". There were whole picnicking families there, lines of kids at the fence screaming their "picks" on, (even if you don't bet money, it's still fun). Then there were the souls who ostensibly make their living betting on horses- weathered old men with tense looks on their faces, young men with clouded futures before them sitting by themselves and putting their heads in their hands after a disappointing race... it's a mixed bag.

We tried to get my mom to put $2 on a horse of her own choosing, telling her it's good to try new things. Her inarguable response, "I've never spent $5.50 on a beer before, That's enough of a first for today".

Anyway, when I am feeling better maybe I will organize another horse race day. Every Sunday is $1 Family Sunday- $1 to park, $1 admission, and $1 minimum bet. My kind of day.


Anonymous said...

What's the Benadryl for? Congratulations on finishing number five! Did you hear that Senator Kennedy is going to have to do a year of chemo?

Kathryn said...

I'll call you tomorrow to check in. Hard to believe you are already on the downhill. No matter what, nothing is as bad as A/C! God bless!!

hopeyg said...

Hum... horseraces sounds like a fun Sunday activity.


Queen Bee said...

I'm so glad to hear other families hit the track. =) My dad used to take us there when we were kids - we'd sit inside at the window and cheer for our horses. We always felt so special winning $3 here and there. My dad always bet the Trifecta - and never won. The area we live in now is huge for racing, and my parents are wondering how old the grandkids have to be before they can meet them at the track.