Monday, July 28, 2008

"I was only waiting for this moment to be free"

Just got back from a 3-day trip to visit friends in Pennsylvania who have a house on a lake. This was our first trip since my transplant, and it was not what the doctor ordered. My transplant doc is fairly conservative, and although I generally hang on his every word, I'm beginning to chafe at many of the restrictions I've lived under for nearly 11 months.

Here are some of the no-no's of my mini-vacation:
contact with children
a martini
dinner with 10 people
eating slightly underdone steak

In my defense, I'll assure you that I obsessively and scrupulously applied sunscreen, as well as hand sanitizer. I did not have close contact with the children in question, my nephews ages 2 and 4. They appeared quite healthy, and we were mostly outside. I have no explanation for the martini (which was delicious), and all I can say about the steak was that it was much better than the gray stuff I've been gnawing on.

Counter-balancing these forays into medically questionable territory, I:
jogged a total of 7 miles
biked 5 miles
slept late
ate well
socialized with family and friends
forgot about cancer

I appear unscathed, although I had a very realistic dream last night in which I was tormented by a sore throat and hacking cough.

Next time I'll fly a little further from the nest.


Jim said...

Love it, love it! Steak and martinis. Way to reclaim some of your turf, PJ! Jim

Ann said...

My transplant doctor gave me the okay for alcohol before a year was up. I think it all has to do with the doctor and I seriously doubt one martini is going to do you in. Especially if there was an olive in it. That counts as a single vegetable serving as far as I'm concerned. I am horribly jealous about the steak, though. My leukemia doc told me I had no restricitions, so I made a play for underdone steak. General Chris put that dream down pretty quickly. One day.

Jennifer said...

Good for you PJ - I am glad you enjoyed yourself - you did didn't you? Sometimes you just have to bend the rules a little to keep your sanity!

Kunal said...

"forgot about cancer" -Q.E.D

rebecca said...

It must feel good to know parts of you are more youthful than our nephews.