Karen's High Dose Chemo Diary
Some Karen Humor
To: "wellness" <
Subject: Some Karen Humor
From: "Harry Patterson" <
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 1999 19:09:22 -0500
You may not be able to tell Karen a joke, but she sure has a sense of humor. The following snippets show that a good sense of humor during hard times can help you make it through.
During Karen's first bone scan she thought there must be a better way to get you to drink the chalk mixture, so this time she brought along a drink umbrella to stick in the top of the container. Do you like chalkocoladas?
We went through 4 hours of interviews at Duke University for the High Dose Chemo treatment. The Social worker had a series of questions about her state of mind and "social patterns". When asked if Karen smoked, she responded "Only during Happy Hour". She figured the next question was going to be "Do you drink" so she could kill two questions with one answer.
When asked whether she ever did any illegal drugs she replied "In college, but I didn't inhale" .... worked for Clinton!
After getting a lumpectomy during her first Breast Cancer diagnosis, Karen had to see the doctor for several visits. He was an extremely competent (now retired), but old school doctor. When he came in the exam room she wasn't quite covered up yet and he got quite embarrassed. She just dropped her shirt and said "Come on in, you've seen more of me than this before, why hesitate now". After examining her he asked if she had any questions and she said "Is there any way you could make my other boob match this one? After 42 years the one that had the lumpectomy is kind of perky now." More shades of red from Dr. Bush.
I just thought I'd share a few of the lighter moments we've had, although I wouldn't suggest any budding comedian follow in her footsteps.