I copied this from a blog Julie Weber, Kayla's Mom. Please visit her sites on MySpace or Caring Bridge.
And here is a really funny list that someone gave us (especially for you fellow "Gold Ribbon Families" out there!). Here is the full link, but I'll post my top 20 here!
You Know You're the Parent of a
Child With Cancer When …
1.Kids with hair look kind of strange to you
2.You can sleep anywhere, and anything that reclines more
than 15 degrees looks "comfy"
3.You enjoy the drive at 3:00am to emergency because there aren't
any other cars on the freeway
4.You can name all the equipment used on ER
5.The nurses stop responding to the IV alarm, knowing
you'll fix it anyway
6.You keep a bag packed at all times like your 9 1/2 months pregnant
7.You can read the doctor's prescription word for word, and are
asked to decipher it by the pharmacist
8.You know medical terminology better than your family practitioner
9.None of the security guards on the pediatric floor ask for your ID anymore,
and you're on first-name basis with the operating room staff
10.Your child is more familiar with CT scan & bone scan pictures than
the portrait studio!!!
11.When you use the term six-pack, you are talking about platelets,
12.You hear yourself say the words, "I'll buy you anything you want" at
least twice a month
13.You know you are the friend of a family with a child with cancer when
you call to check the chemo schedule and ask, "How will his counts be on,
say, the 11th?" before you schedule a birthday party
14.You really think this list is funny, when most normal people either don't get
it or start to cry!
15.When a Radio Flyer wagon is considered an essential transportation device
16.When you walk down the hall in your house holding your baby and fee
odd because you're not trailing an IV pole with the other hand
17.When the siblings want to know what the child's counts are to see if they
can go inside and eat at McDonald's
18.You can reset the IV machines overnight, in your sleep, every 30 minutes
without waking up once and still call it a good night's sleep!!!
19.When you think that anything that your child will eat and keep down is
a "nutritious meal", even if it is chocolate cookies and candy
20.Your child has his/her own website to keep family and friends updated on
his/her progress because calling everyone gets to be too expensive and repeating
the report over and over is tiring.
(Originally Posted Oct 26/07)