Sunday, June 6, 2010

On the Road

Pikes Peak
My body has to go where my itinerary takes it. Since the wedding, we have been quite busy. Last weekend Barbie and I attended the AUA (American Urologic Association) meeting in San Francisco. It has been six years since I have attended a medical convention. It was wonderful to reconnect with friends and colleagues that I haven't seen in years. We stayed at the Hotel Nikko and Barbie caught up on a years worth of shopping that has eluded her while she has been overwhelmed with school. We sampled the best ice cream (Mitchells) and the best chocolate (TCHO) in San Francisco. Back for one and a half days to do surgery and get chemotherapy; then off to Denver for the itinerant wedding party. In the third and final installment of this perpetual celebration, we were guests of Jason's parents, Bob and Pam Hammond. Rebecca has truly married into a wonderful family.
To introduce us to the mile high city, we climbed (in a car) another 10,000 feet to admire America the Beautiful from atop Pikes Peak. I generally get anoxic atop a 6 foot ladder, let alone gasping for oxygen molecules at 14,110 feet. The deep blue azure sky overhanging an unobstructed view for hundreds of miles in all directions was to inspire awe. As we searched the far reaching horizons of space, I thought of Rebecca and Jason as they break forth together toward their horizons of time. The opportunities seem limitless. The next day they continued their eastward journey to Chicago where Rebecca will begin her summer internship in advertising.
The reception in Highland Ranch was beautiful and, as an added bonus, we were able to visit with Barbie's Aunt Renie and her husband Ed. We were also thrilled to see the Fluckigers from Connecticut, who now live in Parker, Colorado.
The timing of the chemotherapy on Thursday was inconvenient and I had to frequently sit down, but life doesn't wait.
The race isn't over yet; two more weddings this week, a family reunion next week and on it goes. I wouldn't have it any other way.


This is a link to the wedding photos for those who are addicted to smiles:
Wedding Photos


Anonymous said...

Back in March of 2009 I was privileged to be your nurse on several long and difficult nights as you fought nausea, fatigue, and more fatigue and the unknown of a relatively rare disease. I periodically catch up with your blog and enjoy "watching" your life post transplant cheering for your good days and sympathizing on your bad days but always grateful for the insight. It helps me be a better nurse. Thank you so much for allowing us to share your journey.

Aunt Renie said...

It was such a pleasure to visit with my favorite Andersons! Kevin, I am always amazed anew at your depth & breadth. And my heart always gladdens at the sight of sweet Barbie. What a joy to see the grown-up beautiful charming Rebecca and your delightful Caitlin!
Ed so enjoyed swapping symptoms, treatments and other interests with you.
"I thank my God for you each time I think of you, and when I pray for you, I pray with Love."


Dr. Anderson...I would just like to thank you for your words of confidence and encouragement. On wednesday of this week you performed a very difficult and life threatening procedure on me and it was a very successful procedure. Thank you for adding some more years to my life. I so hope that the advances in medicine will be of some help to you. My prayers will be with you.and your family. Thank you Dr. Anderson.