Today was what I’d call “easy” in the long line of tests I’ve had to undergo to donate my kidney. This time, I had to go to the Mayo Clinic on 134th St & Shea in Scottsdale. I should have packed a lunch – THAT is how far away from home it is! I live on 12th Street. This was on 134th. You can do the math!
Today, I was scheduled to have a mammogram and psych test. I was so very thankful that nothing involved needles!!!! I got there and barely sat down in the waiting room when they called my name. The mammogram wasn’t painful at all and I hope that women read this and know they don’t have to be scared because of that. My boobs got squished, very gently, between two plastic plates and they took a picture. The whole process of adjusting my boobs and turning to the side a couple times took all of ten minutes. So, girls, get your mammograms!!!
The psych test was easy as well. I’ve taken a lot of personality tests over the years for job interviews and such. I was reading the questions and felt badly for the people who would answer them truthfully about suicide, reckless behavior and anger issues. Luckily, I have NONE of those. Doing yoga for over 10 years has really helped me to get a handle on emotions, as well as not drinking or doing drugs now for almost 7 years. I wasn’t paranoid about answering any of the questions. The doctor even went over my answers with me. Apparently, I’m very confident and have a lot of friends to turn to. Yup. That’s me!
On my way back, I decided to stop at Sweet Republic, an ice cream shop in Scottsdale. I don’t get to the area very often, but I know the owners and we bump into each other around the Valley at different places. I hadn’t been to their shop in months, but I buy their ice cream at the Downtown Public Market. It’s divine and they make it on site. Anyway, I figured I would treat myself to a little cup before heading to dinner with my friend Alexander for sushi. I had been craving it for over a week! As I was about to pay for my little cup of heaven, they insisted on me not paying. They were contributors to the fundraiser the other night and I started to cry right there. I was sent home with quite a few pints of delicious Sweet Republic ice cream. Thank you, Helen & Jan, for your kindness and generosity.
Next stop: Hana Japanese. Boy, I really needed some sushi. And I *really* needed time with Alexander. I realized a few weeks ago that with all the comedy I was doing, I was missing out on time with my friends. I’d flake out on events and gatherings either because I had to perform, or I was too exhausted from performing too much that I’d stay home. Hana Japanese is in my neighborhood and though I looooooove sushi, I am not a pro. Alexander IS a foodie and his job is to write food blogs, so I knew I had chosen the right guy to go to dinner with. And boy, did we have dinner!!!! I got to try a shitload of stuff that I don’t know how to pronounce or even what fish it came from, but I am stuff to the gills. (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA get it? Gills? Fish? HAHAHAHA) Laurie, the owner even gave me a few gift certificates for the next fundraiser.
I am overwhelmed from the support that the community has shown. I am also extremely grateful for all of my friends who have offered to help me out while I’m recuperating. And without Kirti, I don’t know what I’d do. Yeah, she stole my kidney, but I also gained an extension to my family in the process.