A Toronto Transformation

A (mostly) Wonderful Weekend

tulips, hospital bracelets, Lady Gaga t-shirt

obligatory concert tee; Gaga earplugs; tulips from mom (who bought me so many I had to put these ones in my pasta jar); and two of the three hospital bracelets I sported this weekend.

Well. It was an eventful weekend in my little world.

As I may have mentioned here once or twice as well as to anyone in earshot for the past couple of weeks, I was scheduled to take my dad to see Lady Gaga and was just a little stoked about it.

Unfortunately my partial snow day Friday was wasted on a trip to the emergency room, because as I had not mentioned here or to almost anyone, over the past couple of weeks, I’d been having some unwelcome and familiar symptoms in my troublesome left leg, with a twinge or two of chest pain thrown in for good measure and my out-of-town hematologist recommended I get an ultrasound right away. I guess that’s what I get for bragging about my good fortune in the blood clot department. Heh.

The doctor I saw was concerned enough with the results to prescribe a type of blood thinner that has to be injected into my stomach once a day (not ideal for a fainting-prone needle-phobe, which I most definitely am) at least until he could have the hematologist there look at my results as it was not immediately clear whether I indeed have a new clot, or if the scans are just picking up the already diagnosed chronic DVT. He told me to return the next night at 8:00 for the next dose.

“OK, Will do,” I said automatically, always eager to be on good terms with anyone who might posess the power to keep me alive.

“Erm, only? Is there any way I could come in a little earlier? It’sjustI’msupposedtobegoingtoaLadyGagaconcertwithmydad” I squeaked like an over-caffeinated mouse, as my heart dropped at the thought of having to tell my dad I couldn’t go.

Fortunately the doctor (and in fact, everyone I encountered at Toronto General) was lovely and good-humoured and said he supposed since Lady Gaga hung in the balance, they could accommodate me a little earlier.

And so it was that we made a pit stop at emerg on the way to the concert. Me in the world’s shiniest superhero pants and jungle-print bustier and my dad, in jeans, a sharp blazer and, because he is the best, gold eyeliner.

I like to think that our somewhat outrageous appearance might have cheered up some of the people we passed in the hospital. Or at least distracted them from whatever they were there for.

We met Red and her dad at the concert and I honestly don’t know who had a better time, us or the dads. As the music started and Gaga took the stage (atop a unicorn, of course) I grabbed my dad’s arm and proclaimed my excitement for the scrillionth time that night. The music vibrated up through my feet and matched my pulse and I thought, well, whatever happens next, tonight, life is pretty damned good.

And now we wait.

Wish me luck!

11 Responses to A (mostly) Wonderful Weekend

  • Manda says:

    That’s really good your doctors were able to juggle their schedules for you because of the Lady Gaga concert. I’m also very amused that your dad rocked gold eyeliner – that’s awesome!

    • Totally! I don’t think it cramped their schedules too much as the injections are mercifully brief and they’re done in the emergency ward anyway, but I still really appreciated it!

  • Cassie says:

    WOW. That’s one hell of a crazy night. So glad you still got to go to the concert, and I just love that your dad was wearing gold eyeliner. In a hospital, no less. I hope your results come out all right!

  • Alaina says:

    I love that your dad wore gold-eyeliner. He sounds like the coolest dad!

    Sending tons of good vibes to you (this means that I am doing a kind of wiggly dance with my torso and arms because that’s how you send vibes out)!

  • Cherie says:

    That’s cool that they got you in earlier and that you got to go to the concert. I’m not a huge Lady Gaga fan, but I’ve heard that she puts on an amazing show.

  • Jay says:

    Your dad is the best! My dad would never wear any sort of eyeliner. I can hardly even use eyeliner. And good luck with your medical stuff. I hate hospitals. I’ve had to be in them way too many times.

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