So, I'm still on the birthday theme because, to my surprise and joy, birthday gifts keep popping up!!
I'm still getting letters! (we're not in college anymore; there is no deadline!!)
I also received a box of Godiva dark chocolates!! (I am in heaven!!)
I really wanted to do something special, at the hospital, to mark my birthday. I have been in treatment for over a year and a half, and I wanted to share my celebration with these people, who have become a part of my life. I am at the hospital every single week -- I see the people there more than I see anyone else!
I knew I should bake a cake.
The problem is, I really hate baking.
I did not manage to bake in time to bring a cake on February 12th. I did not feel too bad about it, since that was only after my "loazi" (secular, Gregorian calendar) birthday. I could bring a cake the following week, after my "Ivri" (Hebrew, Jewish calendar) birthday. After all, the 22nd of Sh'vat is my real birthday.
Of course, by the following chemo day, I still had not baked a cake.
Have I mentioned that I hate baking?
Thursday morning, finding nothing, to grab on the way out, and not wanting to be late to chemo, I determined to bake a cake next year!
I arrived at chemo and plopped my coat and sewing bag on a chair next to LS, who, as usual, arrived earlier than I and saved a seat for me. Then I went about my business, registering, opening my port, getting blood tests (I have so much more to write about this, but not in this post!), meeting my chemo-date (who came, by bus, from Ginot Shomron!! and brought candy!!!), etc.
When I finally went into the day room to sit down and relax, LS surprised me with a birthday cake!! Wow!!
LS made a really large and delicious chocolate cake!! I was able to share with everyone -- doctors, nurses, secretaries, researchers, patients, et al!! I had so much fun bringing around cake and inviting people to share in my birthday celebration!! I just felt great!!
Without knowing it, LS answered my inner wish! Her gift to me enabled me to share my birthday the way that I wanted!
As I entered the day room, after delivering the last of the cake, one of the nurses was ready to hook me up to the IV with my chemo.
I had a big smile on my face as I took my seat and settled in for my next treatment.
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
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