Thursday, May 13, 2010
A day with Caitlin
Tuesday morning at 4:00 A.M. Caitlin and I drove to Santa Clara to arrive in time for my 7:30 heart biopsy, 9:00 AM clinic visit and 10:00 AM chest x-ray. The heart transplant support group was from 12:00 - 1:30 PM and then I had a psycho-cognitive evaluation by Dr Epstein as part of a study he is doing on whether transplant patients remember to take their medications.
It was then time to go to the beach. Thirty minutes later we were in Santa Cruz on the Boardwalk. We loaded up on cotton candy and rode the Giant Dipper, an 85 year old wooden roller coaster. It certainly creaked like an 85 year old cripple. We dined at the Cheesecake Factory and then went to the concert. I was one of the youngest people in the audience. We watched as people rolled in in with wheelchairs and with canes and walkers. We knew we would be 'rockin out' (assuming you had brought your own rocking chair) No warm-up band; they started just after 8:00 PM. Given the combined library of these two prolific icons, we were carried away with one hit after another. James Taylor was fantastic, but Carole King stole the show. Her powerful voice filled the stadium with "I Feel the Earth Move Under my Feet". But the place went crazy, especially the women, with her anthem, "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman". I was transported back to my high school and college days. Carole King looked like she was in her fifties, but then she mentioned that she had her first hit in 1956. The years have been good to her.
Soon we were back on the road for the 2 1/2 hour drive home, Caitlin slept (so did I), but we made it safely home.
The heart biopsy result was NER (No Evidence of Rejection!) That is always good news.
Caitlin and I had a wonderful day together making father/daughter memories. She really is a sweetheart to spend so much time with her over-nostalgic dad.