Wednesday, September 19, 2007

ChocolateBet: December 22, 2006

Today I'm grateful it's Friday before the Christmas holiday break week. My family has spent a lot of time at the hospital this week. We're hoping that my mom will pull through. Today, I feel somewhat numb as I walk past the hospital cafeteria on the way to visit her in her room. I know the way by heart now. As I walk, I wonder where I will get my chocolate of the day, when a woman in a nice suit, holding a wicker basket full of chocolate bars walks my way. No, I'm not making this up. It is very strange. She hands me a chocolate bar, and wishes me happy holidays. It is probably a Hershey's bar, branded with the hospital's name. I put it in my purse, and hope that this is a good sign. My mom is still very sick, but they are treating her for the blood infection as aggressively as they can, and they are pretty sure what she has is a variant of a rare disease called Guillan Barre Syndrome (GBS). Fingers crossed if she pulls through this infection, that there may be some hope of recovery - although it sounds like it may take a few years, and she may or may not be able to regain feeling/full use of her arms and legs.

The chocolate bar was good. I wonder if anything would taste really great this week. And this question makes me curious again about how our state of mind and other biological conditions affect our taste and ability to enjoy important food, like chocolate.

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