Friday morning I loaded the car at Candlewood and we headed to the hospital for Reid's blood draw. That only took about 30 minutes and then we headed HOME!
Ashley and the rest of the cats remembered Reid. So did the dog. Ashley cannot understand why he's no longer allowed in Reid's room, but that's the rule for a while. Reid is not allowed to sleep with any animals and he has to wash his hands or use hand sanitizer if he touches them. So, Ashley stood outside his room and cried in protest.
Last night we had hamburgers and Reid topped his with lettuce and tomato. It's funny how you really end up craving something when you can't have it for a while. I remember when we lived in Sicily and I longed for American pizza. It was one of the first things I had when we arrived home. I guess that's why so many diets fail. When deprived of something we crave it!
Tonight we had Roast Sticky Chicken. It's one of our favorites. I think we were all tired of eating frozen stuff that was zapped in the microwave. Having real meals is enjoyable for everyone now. If you've never had Roast Sticky Chicken give it a try. There are many variations out on the Internet, but we enjoy the version I found on Real Meals For Real People a Yahoo newsletter group. I'm not sure if you have to sign in to Yahoo to read the recipe, but joining Yahoo is no big deal and worth it for this recipe. I didn't take a picture, but it tastes as good as it looks and makes the house smell real good for hours while cooking.
Tomorrow Keith heads back to Austin. We will really miss him around here. I can't help but think of how proud Jim would have been watching Keith and Troy step up to the plate to help their brother and me. He would have been standing there smiling as Keith donated stem cells for Reid and then he would have been smiling as Reid received them. He would have been laughing as we all learned to hook Reid up to an IV with shaky hands and do all the other things required of an "official" caretaker.
I hope as I get caught up around here and things slowly return somewhat to normal (whatever that is) I'll be able to catch up with E-mail and visit more blogs again. Thank you for your prayers and support the last few months!