Sunday, June 30, 2019

And she's off

Due to a quirk in our summer scheduling, the brunette twin was going from golf camp to Portland to horse camp. We figured she would spend about 30 hours in our house via a few overnight visits between adventures.

Today I drove her down to golf camp. She was staying in a dorm on campus, so she was very excited. Even though I attended UIUC, I had never been in the private dorm hosting the campers. I had to admit it was very nice.

The brunette twin found a roommate during the check-in process. We were waiting to turn in our forms when another camper had a problem with her forms. It seemed her parents forgot to sign a line. There were dozens and dozens of places to sign. One line was empty and the camp counselors were trying to figure out what to do as she couldn't stay unless her forms were completed. 

I turned to her and asked her name. I said, "Hi. I'm Aunt Shari." I took the pen and signed my name. Every other line on every other page was signed. It was an easy fix.

She and the brunette twin started talking. We all stood in front of the housing desk when the young man looked at her and said, "Do you have a roommate?" A minute later, the girls were taking their room keys.

The brunette twin came home from golf camp tired and excited. She had so much fun pretending to be a college student. The golf part of the weekend was fun, but the dorm life really caught her imagination.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Finally it's Shawn time

Fourteen months ago, I bought Shawn Mendez tickets. I thought I was buying them for June 2018. It wasn't until we were at the band banquet that I realized the tickets were for June 2019. In fact, I didn't realize it until another parent told me. Clearly, I didn't read the fine print.

The girls talked about the concert every once in a while. As the concert date drew closer, they started getting excited. The night we drove to the Allstate Arena, they could hardly contain themselves. 

Dad and I both drove girls to the concert. The girls were old enough to go without a chaperone, but not old enough to go without drivers. We went to see a movie while they screamed and danced and sang.

They were floating when they met us after the concert. They talked about every detail of the show. After a long fourteen month wait, it turned out to be the concert of their dreams. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Outpatient heart surgery

The blond twin came home about 10:00 p.m. the day of her heart ablation. She was tired and sore and a little loopy. I was amazed. She was in and out within twelve hours. I couldn't believe it. 

The doctors took her into the operating theater, fixed her SVT and sent her home within twelve hours. She had two entry points, one in the groin and one in her arm. Both were covered by gauze and medical tape. She did not have any stitches.

The blond twin had to rest for a few days and then she was cleared to resume mostly normal activities. She couldn't lift anything very heavy for a while, nor could she run a marathon. Otherwise, she slept for a few days before easing back into her summer plans. 

From start to finish, the whole procedure really was a wonderful example of modern medicine. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Where are the keys?

We were ready to leave for the blond twin's heart ablation when we started talking about who was riding in which car. The blond twin looked at me and said, "I'm driving, right?"

I stopped for a minute before handing her the keys. Most people would have been nervous about going to the hospital for surgery, but not the blond twin.

She got in the car, cranked her music and drove to the hospital. She was in control of her day.