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Day Six: Brain Scan!

April 23, 2010

More fun with Photoshop filters and self-portraiture…

Today was our big Day In The City. Never mind that most of the day was spent at the hospital doing a brain scan test for Terri, a process which took three hours… thankfully, as tests go, this was pretty relaxing (involving reclining, warmed blankets and darkened rooms). Add in a nice new hospital with fresh peanut butter cookies available at the cafe, and really, could be worse.

Still, it was a triumph because T. hasn’t been to the city in over two years. Buddy (the cop car) has proved to be a better choice than we realized at first, since she can recline in the back seat (and even stay buckled in), which is a big plus. So we headed over, Terri laying down in the back with headphones, me giggling to watch all the drivers get the heck out of my way on the bridge.

Then we headed to the hospital for aforementioned test. Afterwards we had planned to go to the mall (downtown San Francisco has a really beautiful, fun mall) but the tests took longer than we’d thought, so the downtown was mobbed with people getting off work and crazy drivers and so forth, so we decided it was too crazy and wouldn’t be fun (although we did have fun just driving around, scoping it out, and pretending like we were on patrol), so instead we headed back to a different part of the city to go to one of Terri’s favorite small bookstores which specializes in spirituality and Jungian thought. Found a parking spot within a half-block (kind of amazing in itself in SF) and went to the store.

It was so fun and did my heart good to see Terri in her element, among books that she loves, not thinking about her illness, just being excited to look at all the fun books and interesting ideas. She found two perfect books and we bought them, and although we could have stayed there ALL DAY we decided to head home since we still had rush-hour traffic to get through. Thankfully everyone cooperated and it really wasn’t bad, and Terri was able to sit up in the front seat and giggle with me at all the nervous drivers getting out of our way. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, although, sure, it would have been more fun to go to the city and NOT have to spend three hours in the hospital, it was a very successful trip and lots of fun anyway. Extra bonus: proved that we can take Buddy on longer trips, since Terri can lay down in the back, so that opens up a whole world of possibilities. We could take a weekend trip somewhere, even if Terri spent the weekend on the (hypothetical) deck while I went on hikes or whatever… still, we could *get* there, which has been quite the dilemma.

It also reminded us of the possibility of renting a motor home for vacations. We would love to go to the Grand Canyon (among other, closer, places), but flying is out of the question for now, and Terri can’t stay sitting up long enough for a road trip. BUT, if she could lay down… that makes it possible. So. Feeling encouraged.

Am now exhausted from all the city driving (navigating this very large, imposing car, is a little stressful, although fun). Three more days off… and a sunny weekend. What to do? Hike? Paint? Yes.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ally permalink
    April 24, 2010 6:42 am

    I’m so happy to hear you had a good day! How great that the car makes travel an option. I’m so glad to hear that Terri got into the city and to a favorite bookstore. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. April 24, 2010 5:49 pm

    I like this picture of you. Very soft and romantic.

  3. April 24, 2010 8:09 pm

    Thanks. It was a nice day.

  4. April 26, 2010 8:40 am

    Nice photo. Glad the day went well. Other driver’s responses to buddy never ceases to crack me up. One of you need to stick you head out the window sometime and make siren noises ๐Ÿ˜‰

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