E, I can’t thank you enough for babysitting me in the ER yesterday. Your friendship is truly one of my greatest treasures. Only you could keep me laughing during a 4 hour wait to pay a $100 copay and get a big ass shot.

I’ll miss you tomorrow for Make It Monday, but I understand. Vegas calls. Have fun, girl. If you go to Bite, I’ll be so jealous. Blonde D and I will be enjoying her “pretend calzones” tomorrow.

I am thinking a lot about family today. We have had a few health problems lately. We are all praying for test results to come back with happy news, and for speedy recoveries. Today we remember my Uncle Mark, one of the best men anyone ever knew. Not that we don’t think of him everyday, he is just that sort of man, but today is the 3rd anniversary of his passing. We all miss him dearly. I miss him dearly. I would love to see the look on his face today as his daughter graduates from college, not only with honors, but with a special award for excellence given to only one female and one male senior per year. How he would have loved that achievement. I will miss seeing him in the pictures that will be posted on our family website.

My mother, whom I love dearly, had some tests run and it turns out they found some cancer in her colon. She’s already had colon cancer once, so this is a bit worrisome. The good news is that they believe they got it all, that it is non-invasive. Still, we’re accepting any and all positive thoughts and prayers. Please feel free to leave comments with your well wishes. She does read my blog from time to time.

Here is some advice from my mother herself, which I intend to follow just as soon as I get some insurance:

… having a colonoscopy routinely but you should also think about asking your physicians to add a CEA to your list of annual blood work. And please, please, please talk to your children. Anyone over 30 especially 40+ [with a family history of cancer] should have a colonoscopy routinely. If you have a history of polyps it should be every year otherwise it is believed every 3 years is acceptable.

I love you, Mom.

Sending hugs and positive thoughts,

Christapie

I blame Anna. She was sick on her birthday last year and a few days later I was sick. Same thing this year. Anna, my regrets for next year’s party, I think.

Seriously, I have very little to complain about. As I write this, my Uncle J is having a quadruple bypass, having had at least two minor heart attacks in the last week. I won’t go to the hospital and spread my germs, but I’ll be thinking about you. Get well soon, Uncle, you’re kind of a big deal.