A few weeks ago, Vampmommy decided to force me into a hiatus from reality in order to reduce my stress and give me a bit of a break. This past weekend I followed her orders, packed my trunk and made my way to the “Big Apple” for a few days of tomfoolery with my good friend “The Manny”. There was good food (in particular a reunion with friends over the largest pork chop I have ever seen) and some damn good art. The photo above was taken of me at the Colors Exhibit at MoMA, after I briefly shared an escalator with Martina Navratilova. She seemed lost — but aren’t we all when confronted with gigantic paint swatches and Andy Warhol?
Not to be overwhelmed by the grandeur of high-class entertainment, the Manny helped me “keep it real” with some particularly stunning screenings of television and film greatness. I laughed, I cried, and I learned — namely, that John Travolta and Lily Tomlin are a creepy couple, Captain and Tennille’s Variety Show holds a spot in my subconscious memories of youth (I actually remembered a skit from the show when we watched it), and Pia Zadora is far, far from lonely.
Oh, and according to the Wii Fitness Challenge, I have the athletic prowess of a 67 year old. I didn’t realize the close connection between declining health and my ability to suck at Wii Baseball, but there you go.
All in all it was a great time away, made only better by the exciting moment of having Vampboy run up to me at the bus station with a smile that could outshine a nuclear blast. Borrowing the tradition from my dad, who always brought home a small gift when returning from a business trip, I was sure to return with prize in hand — a shirt from the Natural History Museum which he wore proudly to school the next day.
Of course, the timing for the getaway couldn’t have been better. This week is a big one for us, as Friday brings the next MRI. As I know many of you will spend some time Friday morning sending some energy our way, I ask that you take a moment now and send some love to Princess. Our dear friend and co-treatment warrior had an MRI today that shows what is most likely a relapse, having finished treatment with a “radio-static surgical procedure” two months ago. There is more testing in the coming days to confirm the diagnosis before “Attack Plan B” goes into effect, but our hearts sank with the news that her journey through treatment may not be over.
For those keeping score, out of the four children (including Vampboy) who were in treatment around the same time (not including our new friend “5”, who is at the beginning of her treatment) — one has died, and two have relapsed and continue to fight.
And Vampboy? I’ll let you know Friday night….