NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP.
I had interesting messages from two people yesterday, concerning the fact that they are sick because of me. Not that I am contagious or anything, but they both seem to think that they are taking on illnesses to keep me from being ill. Huh? I'll tell you about Person #1 and Person #2. Since I don't want to blab their real names and perhaps embarrass them, I will call them by these aliases.
First off, Person #1. (whom I have traveled with a lot) has had the unfortunate luck of having me con her into having a hot dog for lunch occasionally, because I personally like them very much. She hates them, but has gone along with me to be polite. She says hot dogs are made up of strange animal parts (lips and ass-holes . . . pardon my French). Well, here's the message I got from Person #1, and I hope the information I've just told you will explain the "hot dog" part.
YOU KNOW, I HAVE HAD DIARRHEA SINCE YOU STARTED THIS CHEMO, MY HAIR SEEMS TO BE THINNING DOWN, AND WHEN YOU SAID YOU HAD LEG CRAMPS IN THE NIGHT, I THOUGHT "YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING -- I HAVE, TOO!" YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU AND WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU, BUT TONIGHT WHEN I WAS WATCHING TV AND SAW SOMEONE EATING A HOT DOG AND THOUGHT "WOW! THAT LOOKS GOOD!", I THOUGHT OK, JANENE, THAT'S WHERE I DRAW THE LINE!
She cracks me up! :))))
Person #2 called me today and told me she was sick as a dog -- possibly some kind of intestinal virus and we all know what kind of symptoms go with that. She, too, felt that she was ill because perhaps that was keeping me safe and healthy, while she takes on the sick part and suffers through side-effects that I am SUPPOSED to be having.
They are both of the mind-set that it is kind of a sympathetic form of illness. How many times have we heard stories of men who gain weight, get very emotional, have tender chests, etc. when their wives are pregnant? It's because they are being sympathetic to someone close to them.
As amusing as Person #1 and Person #2 have been, I don't want them to be feeling crummy, and hope they both get well soon. I'll keep tabs on both of you - - - from a distance, okay?
GOD BLESS YOU ALL