Friday, December 15 (Photos of Frankfurt, Germany)
I’m home now and we have had quite a bit of snow here in Toronto.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
My Lufthansa flight last week went as planned…wasn’t sure whether the pilots would still be on strike, but they must have settled because all was good.
Bobo has been watching too many of those Border Patrol shows late at night, because when the declaration note came for us to write down what we were carrying, he told me to mark “YES” under “Are you carrying any type of food, dairy, seeds, nuts, blah, blah, blah.” He said they were going to confiscate my stuff anyway, but at least I wouldn’t get charged and go to jail. Really? Really? Do ya really think I’m going to jail because of some cake? I figured I could talk my way out of it, so I told him stay quiet behind me while I spoke to the customs officer.
I think the customs guy got a kick out of dealing with me because he was laughing his head off after our brief little discussion about what I was bringing into the country (I think they are paid to look very mean with no hint of a smile so you’d crack under pressure). I told him I bought some Christmas Cake (Stollen) and I was sure it had nuts and seeds in it and I also had a package of stuff for my Gluhwein. With a twinkle in his eye, he asked, “And What Exactly is Gluhwein?”. “Oh, it’s amazing,” I said. It’s like mulled wine and you have to put some seasoning things in there like cinnamon, cloves, and cardamon seeds”. It’s delicious. Those are the seeds I brought back. He chuckled and said, “Is that all you have to declare?” I thought for a second and said, “Yup” and he let us go on our merry little way. Was going to tell him we also hauled a big antique clock for my dad half way across the world in an extra suitcase, but thought better of it. The less said, the better. If he was going to let me keep my Christmas Stollen and Gluhwein kit, I was happy.
If they took my Christmas Cake, I wouldn’t have been too upset ‘cause I can’t eat it anyway because it probably has wheat in it. I am truly bummed out about all the foods I have to stay away from for 3 months. It’s been a difficult week scrounging recipe books for things that have no dairy products, eggs, nuts, and is gluten free, I made some muffins and cookies according to this new criteria and they tasted like shit.
Don’t you know, everything tastes better if you can’t eat it. Sigh.
Two more things I wanted to tell you. When I was hooked up to the Global Diagnostic Computer in Germany, it indicated that I have traces of Lyme Disease in my body. May have been there for a long time. Lyme Disease comes from a Deer Tick and screws up your hormone balance and immune system (so your body doesn’t recognize cancer is a threat). Wondering if this could be the root cause of my problem. Sent a blood test express post for analysis (which I was told may or may not be accurate…sometimes it reads a false negative). Waiting for the results. Dr. Mariann told me if it does come up as a positive reading, not to worry about it because she can cure it in two years.
Going to have an MRI next Thursday and will be seeing my radiation doctor on the 28th. That should be fun. Especially when it will look like my bone marrow is completely full of cancer again and I tell him the thing in my neck is not cancer. I’m not doing anything for at least 3 months until the dust settles and I have another MRI. Then I will have a clear picture of whats going on, if anything.
I’m reaching my limit on my free wordpress blog space. I’m at 85% capacity. Not sure what I want to do. Don’t really want to pay $18 a year for my own domain, so I may open up a new blog soon. We shall see.
Hoping my followers will keep following me!