Yesterday, 19th August 2014, marked the day of my first transplanniversary (the first anniversary of my bone marrow transplant). I had big plans – my first Nando’s in over a year, balloons and a stack of glazed donuts in place of a cake (numeral candle and everything).
Unfortunately, I spent the bulk of the day trying not to throw up and being generally fatigued and bedridden. This didn’t stop my lovely mother inviting everyone over to the house to celebrate in my honour. I shall consider this my (her?) ‘Nero fiddling while Rome burned’ moment though I have no idea what that even means or would entail. I just like know that I like saying/writing/typing ‘Nero fiddling while Rome burned’.
When I finally arose I opted for my first Chinese takeaway in over eighteen months, much against medical advice, and spent the night worrying I had food poisoning. This also came with my first fortune cookie in over twenty something years (yes, that’s right, I have never, in my young adult life, had a fortune cookie). Having snapped the crusty, pastry treat in twain I saw the fateful words ‘TOMORROW WILL BE A GOOD TO GET THINGS DONE.‘ which is definitely the universe telling me it’s ok to procrastinate and is was infinitely reassuring. It looks like tomorrow (now today) is a good day to get Nando’s done too because I’m off out for a bit. Wish me luck. I’m going to need it.
PS I spent today wrangling with the bone marrow balloons and a stuffed toy to produce this picture. I’m prouder of it than I probably should be but I still think it’s great.